Dr Olga Bialostocka

DEPARTMENT: African Institute of South Africa (AISA)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)12 316 9706
EMAIL: obialostocka@hsrc.ac.za

Olga Bialostocka is a NRF-rated researcher at the Africa Institute of South Africa, a programme of the Human Sciences Research Council. She received her doctoral degree in archaeology from the University of Warsaw (Poland), specialising in Egyptology. She also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Ancient History from Universite de Paris ? Sorbonne, Paris IV (France).

Her work experience includes over a decade of service at several archaeological sites, the most prominent ones being Deir el-Bahari in Egypt and El-Zuma in Sudan, both on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2013 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Her research interests fall within the broad field of culture as a pillar of and a resource for sustainable development, including the questions of benefits and shortcomings of using cultural approach to development, the potential of cultural and natural heritage for tourism, as well as issues related to indigenous populations and cultural minorities in the context of globalization and human rights.

Recent

Inhabiting a language: linguistic interactions as a living repository for intangible cultural heritage

The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) recognises as living heritage cultural expressions and practices....

Information and communications technology distribution inequalities in rural South Africa

This chapter asks the following question: to what extent are the rural poor in South Africa progressing or being left behind in the adoption of new IC....

Culturally congruent sexuality education for Namibia

Sexuality education (SE) at schools has been designed to equip young people with information on values and norms that will enable them to resist becom....

Disrupting cycles of violence in Africa: unlocking complex dimensions of human security

Disrupting the matrix of domination that feeds systemic inequality and poverty in violence ridden societies unlocks complex dimensions of human securi....

Education for peace and social cohesion in a multicultural society: observations from Kunene region, Namibia

This chapter looks at Namibia, a multicultural democracy that hardly ever makes the news in relation to intercultural conflict. Since independence, t....

How inclusive is Namibia's inclusive education policy?

This policy brief looks at the policy document on inclusive education and considers educational exclusion primarily with reference to a disability of ....

Dialogue education as an approach to multiculturalism for social cohesion in Namibia

The paper explores approaches to cultural diversity and its relation to the concept of social cohesion in the context of a multicultural school commun....