Anneke Rautenbach is a writer, editor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at NYU. Her dissertation focuses on the role of the public intellectual in Southern Africa, at flashpoint moments in recent history when language played a particularly dynamic role — from anticolonial prophecy to nationalist sloganeering, to the metaphors of the HIV/AIDS crisis. She is the 2022 recipient of the Robert Holmes Award for African Scholarship and the 2020 recipient of the Alpine Fellowship for Cross-Disciplinary Scholarship of the Contemporary Age.
Her academic interests began with her work in journalism, and she holds an MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. Her reporting, reviews, and essays have been published in New York Magazine, Guernica, the LA Review of Books, Africa Is a Country, and others, and she is a co-editor of Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism and Translation. As an NYU-Mellon Public Humanities Fellow, she is based at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where she is conducting research towards the development of future humanities programming that utilizes BAM's extensive media archives, making them accessible to a wider public.