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Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Peter's main areas of personal interest are the cultures and histories of settler presence in Southern Africa, with particular emphasis on rural and agricultural histories and economies. He explores these through documentary still photography and documentary writing.

As a researcher and photographer, he is particularly interested in the way photographs provide a complex vehicle for reflection on, and understanding of, our world, and how the formal properties of pictures convey feelings and ideas. This embraces the social and political meaning of images, the relationship between authorship and objectivity, and issues in documentary process and practice.

In 2007 he completed an AHRC-funded project photographing the traces and legacy of the 1820 settlers in South Africa, with exhibitions in November 2007 at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, and in South Africa in April 2008. A selection of images from the project may be seen at Settler Country

In 2008 he completed another AHRC-funded project photographing buildings and townscapes in small villages in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, as a further enquiry into the contours and circumstances of settler culture and its negotiation with environment and historical change. A selection of images from the project may also be seen at Settler Country

A small sample of his more general work can be seen at his personal site here

Research keywords

  • colonialism
  • post-colonialism
  • settler culture
  • Higher Education policy and management
  • pedagogies for citizenship and personal growth