Academic Publications

Orchid ID:
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0987-1959


BOOKS
2020 (forthcoming):
Sacks, R. Congo Style: From Art Nouveau to African Independence, Anne Arbor: Michigan University Press and Wits University Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Sacks R. and Thumbran, J. ‘Rethinking Resilience: South Africa and Self Reliance’, In Sacks, R and Thumbran, J. (eds) Social Dynamics, Special Issue: Rethinking Resilience <forthcoming>

2020:
Sacks, R. ‘Sites of Unfinished Independence in Johannesburg and Kinshasa’, Murray, N., Pyper, B. and Weintraub, J. (eds.) Critical African Studies Vol. 11, Issue I, Special Edition Secret Affinities, Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1080/21681392.2020.1724808

2018:
Sacks, R. ‘Lived Remainders: The contemporary lives of iron hotels in the Congo’, In Douchet, I., Frichot, H. and Smith, C. (eds.) Architectural Theory Review Vol. 22, Issue I, Special Edition Resist, Reclaim, Speculate: Situated Perspectives on Architecture in the City, Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1080/13264826.2018.1412331

2018:
Koide, Sacks, De Groof et al, ‘Mediating Past, Present and Future of D.R.Congo’s Historical Narratives on Art in a Global South Dialogue’, Artl@s Bulletin, Vol. 7. Issue 1.
https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1186&context=artlas

2016:
Sacks, R. ‘Anonymous Objects as Exhibition Organisms’, In Bowker, S. and Bremner, C. (eds.) Fusion Journal 09, Anonymous. The Void in Visual Culture, Charles Stuart University.
http://www.fusion-journal.com/issue/009-anonymous-the-void-in-visual-culture/anonymous-objects-as-exhibition-organisms/

PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
2019:
Sacks, R. ‘The City Can Speak for Itself’, In Liebow, E., Proceedings of the African Futures Conference, Vol 2, Issue 1.
https://doi.org/10.1002/j.2573-508X.2018.tb00007.x

2015:
Sacks, R. ‘Looking for the Congo in Congo Style’, Proceedings of the conference: Admired as well as Overlooked Beauty: Architecture and Urbanism of Historicism, Art Nouveau, Early Modern and Traditionalism, Češka, Brno: Barrister & Principle, Masarykova Universita, pp. 231 – 243.

Journal Editing

Sacks, R and Thumbran, J (eds) (2021), ‘Rethinking Resilience’, Special edition of Social Dynamics<forthcoming>

2021: Johannesburg Lasts Collective (eds) (2021), ‘Johannesburg Lasts: Last, Lasting, Lost’, … Ellipses. Journal for Creative Practice, Issue 4. [Online ]https://www.ellipses.org.za 

2018:
Koide, E, De Groof, M. and Sacks, R. (eds) A Global South Dialogue on African Art and Historical Narratives from DR Congo, Artl@s Bulletin, Vol. 7. Issue 1.
https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1186&context=artlas

Conference Presentations

2021: Unnatural Nature: Reimagining the Colonial Greenhouse
In Whose Place? Vestiges of the Colonial Landscape in Africa, Wits History Workshop, Johannesburg, SA <forthcoming>

2019: Questioning Resilience
The Third African Studies Association in Africa (ASAA), Nairobi, Kenya.

2018: Loaded Inheritance: African Art and Decolonisation
African Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, USA.

2017: The City Can Speak for Itself
Africa in the World: Shifting Boundaries and Knowledge Production, African Studies Association, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2017: Tracing Art Nouveau in Mbanza Ngungu
III coupDefouet International Congress, Institut del Paisatge Urbà, Barcelona, Spain.

2017: Designing Congolese Modernism
17th Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) Triennial, Accra, Ghana.

2017: Creative Practice in the Nervous University
Artsearch Symposium, Wits School Of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

2016: New Urban Epistemologies
Decolonising the University in Africa, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa.

2016: Revisiting ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ via the colonial exhibition
Bibliothèque Kandinsky Summer University, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

2016: ‘Style Congo’ in the Post Colony
College Arts Association (CAA), Washington DC, USA.

2015: Object Agencies, Médiation passée, présente et future, Académie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

2014: Art Nouveau Dreamscapes and the Nightmare of the African Colony
WiSER WISH seminar (Writing from the Global South workshop), Johannesburg.

2014: Fictional hierarchies in the fin de siècle total artwork
Gesamtkunstwerk. A Concept for all Times and Places Conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
2018: The City Can Speak for Itself
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) WISH Seminar, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017: Lived Remainders: The Contemporary Lives of Iron Hotels in the Congo
Wits City Institute Fellows Seminar, Wits University

2016: Anonymous Objects as Exhibition Organisms
WiSER WISH Seminar, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 

2014: Looking for the Congo in ‘Congo Style,’
CCAA Seminar, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, SA

2013: Approaches from the Global South
BIGSAS Seminar at Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany