Academic Publications

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BOOKS (single author)
2023 (forthcoming):
Sacks, R. Congo Style: From Art Nouveau to African Independence, Anne Arbor: Michigan University Press.


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, Taylor & Francis. 

Sacks, R. (2020) ‘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.

Sacks, R. (2018) ‘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.

Koide, Sacks, De Groof et al, (2018) ‘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.

Sacks, Ruth (2018) ‘Retour à l’authenticité in the City: A Photo Essay’ Artl@s Bulletin, Vol. 7. Issue 1.

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.

Sacks, R. ‘The City Can Speak for Itself’, In Liebow, E., Proceedings of the African Futures Conference, Vol 2, Issue 1.

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) (2022), ‘Rethinking Resilience’, Special edition of Social Dynamics<forthcoming>

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

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.

Conference Presentations

2022: ‘The Everyday Materiality of Colonial Buildings’, Lagos Studies Association, University of Lagos [online]

2022: ‘What Can Art Bring to African Studies on a Wounded Planet?’, Africa-Europe: Reciprocal Perspectives, Albert Ludwig University, Freiburg, Germany

2021: Inner City Planting in Dialogue with the Hinterland
Hinterlands, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis [online].

2021: Unnatural Nature: Reimagining the Colonial Greenhouse
In Whose Place? Vestiges of the Colonial Landscape in Africa, Wits History Workshop, University of the Witwatersrand [online]. 

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.

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