Victoria Collis-Buthelezi

Victoria Collis-Buthelezi is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Johannesburg. Victoria Collis-Buthelezi co-convenes the National Institute of the Humanities (NIHSS) Catalytic Project (2016–2018) entitled “Other Universals” which focuses on intellectual connections across India, the Caribbean, and Africa, and the recently awarded Mellon supranational iteration of “Other Universals.” Her current book project, Before Nation: Black Solidarity Before the Rise of Anti-Colonial Nationalism, excavates black globalism in Cape Town at the dawn of the twentieth century and its investments in empire thinking.


Incommensurability and Untranslatability

The move to diversify art historical narratives is often accompanied by a search for commonalities. Instead addressing a need to acknowledge radical difference and untranslatability, each presenter in this panel approached the question of the incommensurable, interrogating tensions between a global approach and site-specific study.