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Noëleen Murray Bio

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Dr. Noëleen Murray is an architect and academic. For 2010-2011 she held a Faculty of Arts Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR).  Her undergraduate, professional and master’s degrees (in architecture) and her doctoral degree are from the University of Cape Town (UCT).  Her PhD offers a reading of architecture under and after apartheid in which a key conjunction has been between architectural modernism and apartheid modernity. A version of her argument was published as part of the CHR Fellows’ contributions to the Cape Times OpED Section in May 2010 in an article entitled: City Structures Still Reflect the Social Divide. Along with colleagues Leslie Witz and Sipokazi Sambumbu from the Department of History at UWC she has, since 2001, served as a member of the board of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum (www.lwandle.com). A major focus of her Fellowship was to work with deepening the intellectual project of the Lwandle Museum with the specific task of overseeing the restoration of the museum’s key artefact, Hostel 33 (www.hostel33.blogspot.com) and the production of a book co-authored with Leslie Witz entitled Dislocation, the making of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum (forthcoming).

Through her research, writing and creative work Noëleen considers spaces as diverse as the migrant labour compound, the suburban shopping centre, housing developments and most recently the shaping of the UWC campus. Amongst her key projects are: in 1997 she worked with the blank_Architecure, aparthied and after project; she was principal editor for the book Desire Lines – Space, Memory and Identity in the Postapartheid City which appeared in 2007; she was curator with photographer Svea Josephy from UCT for the exhibition Third Worlds / Model Cities; as well as being co-editor with Premesh Lalu of the newly published book Becoming UWC, Reflections, pathways and the unmaking of apartheid’s legacy produced during her time as a CHR Fellow .

In 2012 she has taken up a Senior Lecturership with a joint appointment between the Centre for Humanities Research and the Department of Geography at UWC where she teaches courses in Urban Geography and the Contemporary South African City as well as being the Postgraduate Coordinator of the Masters and PhD Programmes. She is the lead researcher for the Arts Faculty research project Cities in Transition. Previously she has taught the Curatorship course component for the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies for UWC and Robben Island Museum, held positions in the School of Architecture and Planning and the Centre for African Studies at UCT, as well as being an associate architect in practice at Design Matters Architects. She regularly acts as an external examiner for institutions across South Africa and beyond in the fields of arts, design, heritage and architecture.

Research Interests

  • Architectural, Urban and Landscape Studies
  • Heritage Studies
  • African Studies

Publications

Books

Lalu, P and Murray, N (eds). 2011. Becoming UWC – Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid’s legacy, A Centre for Humanities Research (University of the Western Cape) publication.

 

Murray, N, Shepherd, N, Hall, M (eds). 2007. Desire Lines, Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-apartheid City, Routledge Architext Series, editors Anthony King and Tomas Markus.

 

Chapters in Books

Lalu, P and Murray, N (eds).  2011. ‘Introduction’ in Lalu, P and Murray, N (eds). 2011. Becoming UWC – Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid’s legacy, A Centre for Humanities Research (University of the Western Cape) publication.  Pp. 12-21.

 

Murray, N. 2011. ‘A campus apart’, in  Lalu, P and Murray, N (eds). 2011. Becoming UWC – Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid’s legacy, A Centre for Humanities Research (University of the Western Cape) publication.  Pp.58-83.

 

Lalu, P and Murray, N. 2011, ‘Dreams Deferred’, in Lalu, P and Murray, N (eds). 2011. Becoming UWC – Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid’s legacy, A Centre for Humanities Research (University of the Western Cape) publication.  Pp. 156-161.

 

Murray, N and Shepherd, N. 2007. ‘Introduction: Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-apartheid City’, in Murray, N, Shepherd, N, Hall, M (eds) Desire Lines, Space, Memory and Identity in the Post-apartheid City,Routledge Architext Series, editors Anthony King and Tomas Markus. Pp.1-18

 

Murray, N. 2007 .‘Remaking Modernism; South African Architecture in and Out of Time’, in Murray, N, Shepherd, N, Hall, M, Desire Lines, Space, memory and identity in the postapartheid city, Routledge, ArchiText Series, London. Pp. 59-85

 

Journal Articles and Papers

Green, L and Murray, N. 2010. ‘Housing Cape Town’s Forgotten Dead: Conflict in the Post-apartheid Public Sphere’, in Africa Development, Vol.XXXV, No. 4, 2010 (Selected papers from the 12th CODESRIA General Assembly. Dakar, Senegal. Pp. 89-108.

 

Green, L and Murray, N, 2009 ‘Notes for a Guide to the Ossuary’, in African Studies, 68, 3 December  2009, pp. 370-386

 

Murray, N, ‘The Tsoga Environmental Centre and Recycling Depot in Samora Machel, Cape Town’, in  Architecture South Africa, the Journal of the South African Institute of Architects 2008.

 

Murray, N, ‘After Blank: Composing a Postcolonial Canon?’ in Volume  15 Archis,  2008. Pp.112-116

 

Murray, N, ‘Working with Inconsistencies and Discontinuities; Competing Conceptions of Heritage and Urban Design at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum’ in Architecture South Africa, the Journal of the South African Institute of Architects, March /April 2007. Pp 30-33.

 

Murray, N, ‘Modernisms’, in Architecture South Africa, the Journal of the South African Institute of Architects, January /February 2007. Pp. 58-61

 

Murray, N and Green, L, ‘Life Space and Burial Space in the Post-apartheid City’, in Green, L and Murray, N (guest editors) Journal for Islamic Studies Vol 24 and 25 Burial Grounds: Sacred Sites and Heritage in Post-Apartheid Cape Town, 4-16, 2004/5

 

Murray, N, ’Cape Town’s Tana Baru burial ground; wasteland or prime property? , in Green, L and Murray, N (guest editors) Journal for Islamic Studies Vol 24 and 25 Burial Grounds: Sacred Sites and Heritage in Post-Apartheid Cape Town, 55-77, 2004/5

 

Murray, N, ‘Lessons of Discipline’, in Art South Africa V4-3, March 2006

 

Murray, N,  'From rural poverty to creative community space' in , One small seed, Journal of Design, Architecture, Photography, Art, Issue no 5, (4th Quarter 2006), pp.17-20.

 

Himmelman,N, Luty, A, Murray, N, Wildman, K,Whitaker, M, ‘Repositioning the prefix; post-graduate studies and the post-colony’, Editorial in postamble Vol1, No 2 (on-line at: www.africanstudies.uct.ac.za)

 

Murray, N, ‘Mission Impossible? Revisiting the ‘Field’ of Cultural Heritage Production in the Eastern Cape’, in postamble Vol1, No 2 (on-line at: www.africanstudies.uct.ac.za) 2005, (pp.56-67)

 

Murray, N, ‘On remembering and Forgetting: Sites of Memory in post-apartheid South Africa’ in Architecture South Africa, the Journal of the South African Institute of Architects, November/December 2003 (pp12-15)

 

Fisher, R ; le Roux ,H; Murray, N; Sanders ,P ‘The modern movement architecture of four South African cities’, in the DOCOMOMO Journal - special edition Modern Heritage in Africa, March 2003

Architectural Exhibition Design and Curation

2010                       Better Cities, Better Lives. Exhibition of select works representing South Africa at the invitation of the South African Institute of Architects (with Svea Josephy) South African Pavillion, Shaghai Exposition. 1 June- 30 June 2010.

 

2010                       Hostel33 Re-occupation exhibition, 1 May 2010, Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. Collaborative exhibition with Kholiswa Ngcane and Staff of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum.

 

2009/10                Third Worlds: Model Cities, Exhibition at the Michaelis Gallery at UCT, 18 February – 19 March 2010. Collaborative exhibition with Svea Josephy, Harry Garuba, Carson Smuts and Tessa Dowling.

 

2008/9                  Project manager for the Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela Museums projects

 

2007-present     Hostel 33 Exhibition concept development for the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

 

2007                       Lwandle Designers Exhibition concept development and collections for the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

 

2006                       ‘The Transported of KwaNdebele’, Exhibition of David Goldblatt photographs at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, October 2006 ongoing. Designed and curated by D Goldblatt, J Thorne, N Murray and L Witz. Translations by M Mrubata.

 

2005                       ‘Iimbali zeKhaya: Stories of Home’, Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, 15 October 2005 – ongoing. Curated and designed by J Thorne and N Murray. Researchers: V Buthelezi, M Mrubata, L Teka, B Tyhulu, K Vuba and L Witz

 

2002                       Team member Urban Installation and Exhibition: Y350?: Old Memorials in New Times, March 2002 in the Gardens and September 2002 at the Castle of Good Hope. The exhibition, hosted by the Project on Public pasts based at the University of the Western Cape and Iziko Museums of Cape Town.

 

2001                       Curator (with Prof Abdulkader Tayob) and designer for the exhibition of the research for the CSRF Case Study for the Tana Baru Burial Ground, in collaboration with the Tana Baru Trust and the Bo-Kaap Museum.

 

2001                       Curator (with Leslie Witz and Premesh Lalu) and designer for the exhibition ‘Mapping Lwandle’s Past - Una yo imephu?’ Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. (Presented as part of the Conference Museums, Local Knowledge and Performance in an Age of Globalisation)

 

1997-1998            Commissioned as one of three regional researchers by the Netherlands  Architecture Institute (NAI) to complete the research for the exhibition and publication entitled Blank_Architecture apartheid and after. (Exhibition curated by Hilton Judin, opened in Rotterdam, traveled to Paris and Berlin and Museum Africa, Johannesburg.)

Research Projects

2012 -                    Cities in Transition project located in the Arts Faculty, University of the Western Cape.

 

2007-present     The Heritage Disciplines Project – (Previously The Project on Public Pasts, 2001-2007 ) – a National Research Foundation (NRF) funded Group Research Project (grant holder Prof. Leslie Witz with Research Team Prof Ciraj Rassool, Prof. Premesh Lalu, Prof Gary Minkley and Assoc Prof. Nick Shepherd).

 

2001-2010            The Architectural Documentation Project – Modern Architecture in Cape Town in association with the UCT Department of Manuscripts and Archives, Architectural Collections development project.