Selected Research output

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Belluigi, D. Z. & Thondhlana, G. 2020. "“Your skin has to be elastic”: The politics of belonging as a selected black academic at a ‘transforming’ South African university. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in  Education.

Arday, J., Belluigi, D. Z., Thomas, D. 2020. Attempting to break the chain: Reimaging inclusive pedagogy and decolonising the curriculum within the academy. Educational Philosophy and Theory, online first.

Belluigi, D. Z. & Parkinson, T. 2020. Building solidarity through comparative lived experiences of post/conflict: Reflections on two days of dialogue. Education and Conflict Review Special Issue: Rebuilding Syrian higher education for a stable future 3, pp.16-24.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2020. “It’s Just Such a Strange Tension”: Discourses of Authenticity in the Creative Arts in Higher Education. International Journal of Education Through Art, 21(5), 1.

Belluigi, D. Z. & Thondhlana, G. 2019. ‘Why mouth all the pieties?’: Black and women academics’ revelations about discourses of ‘transformation’ at an historically white South African university. Higher Education 78(6), 947-963..


Belluigi, D. Z., Alcock, A., Farrell, V., & Idahosa, G. 2019.  Mixed metaphors, mixed messages and mixed

blessings: how figurative imagery opens up the complexities of transforming higher education. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South, 3(2), 110-120.

Belluigi, DZ  2018. Conjuring the spectre of authorship: Ethical concerns for studies of higher education in a globalised world'. Paper presented at ‘Higher Education in a Global World’, 2nd Annual International Symposium on, Athens, Greece, 09/07/2018 - 12/07/2018. 10.13140/RG.2.2.23289.31846. Open Access slides available at

Alcock, A., & Belluigi, D. Z. 2018. Positioning Home for Resilience on Campus:First-Generation Students Negotiate Powerless/full Conditions in South African Higher Education. Education as change, 22(1), 1-28. [22(1)].

Belluigi, D. Z. 2018. The importance of critical judgment in uncertain disciplines: A comparative case study of undergraduate fine art visual practice. Arts & Humanities in Higher Education 17 (3). p.305-322. 

Belluigi, D. Z. 2018. ‘Practice-based reflections of enabling agency through arts-based methodological ir/responsibility’ in Du, X. and Chemi, T. [Eds]. Arts-based methods in education around the world. River Publishers.

Belluigi, D. Z.  2018. 'Teaching as transformation? The Im-possible Task of Academics in South African

Higher Education' Paper presented at Advances/Development in Teaching in Higher Education, Belfast, United Kingdom, 27/04/2018.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2018. Challenges to situating the artist-student within interpretation: assessment in the

creative arts. Invited keynote address for UAL Teaching Platform Series, 8 February 2018.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2018. ‘Playing, authoring, interpreting’ workshop at Rethinking Research; Disrupting and Challenging Research Practices, Coventry University 19 January

Belluigi, D. Z. 2017. 'La question d’auctorialité : une épine au chapitre de l’évaluation en arts' in Ludec, Diane & Beland, Sebastien. [Eds]. 2017. REGARDS SUR L’ÉVALUATION DES APPRENTISSAGES EN ARTS À L’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPÉRIEUR. Quebec, Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2017. A Framework to Map Approaches to Interpretation. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 51(3), 91–110.

Giloi, S & Belluig, D. Z. 2017. Underlying knowledge-knower structures in graphic design: Contributing to establishing a cohesive language for use in graphic design education. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 16(1), pp. 7-22.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2017. 'The significance of conflicting discourses in a professional degree: Assessment in undergraduate fine art practice' Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol 38, no. 2, pp. 209-221.

Belluigi, D. Z. ‘2017. Questions of authorship: A Higher Education Studies programme connecting international contexts’. Paper presented at SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, United Kingdom, 06/12/2017 - 08/12/2017.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2017.  'An analytical framework to untangle interpretative approaches in assessment' Paper presented at SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, United Kingdom, 06/12/2017 - 08/12/2017 .

Belluigi, D. Z & Thondhlana, G. 2017. 'Recipients' reception of equity-agenda programmes in a rapidly transforming higher education context.  Paper presented at International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association (HETL), Paisley, United Kingdom, 27/06/2017 - 30/06/2017.  Video overview (10 min)

Belluigi, D. Z. 2017, 'The conditions for difference and disruption to productively catalyse ethical obligation' Paper presented at Creating Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education, Paisley, United Kingdom, 27/06/2017 - 30/06/2017 .

Belluigi, D. Z. 2017. Constructions of Roles in Studio Teaching and Learning. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 35(1), 21–35.

Thondhlana, G.,., & Belluigi, D. Z. 2016. Students’ reception of peer assessment of group-work contributions: problematics in terms of race and gender emerging from a South African case study. Assessment in Higher Education,  42:7, 1118-1131.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2016. Presented ‘Situating ‘the author’ within the development and assessment of teaching portfolios’ International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) 2016, Cape Town

Meistre, B. A. & Belluigi, D. Z. 2016. Collaboration with curator Brent Meistre on the critical analysis of the fine art films for the three catalogues of Weiner Festwochen curated showings in Vienna, for Analogue Eye. 

Belluigi, D. Z. & Cundill, G. 2015. Establishing enabling conditions to develop critical thinking skills: A case of innovative curriculum design in Environmental Science, Environmental Education Research.

Belluigi, D. Z. (Ed) 2015. Evaluation of teaching and courses: Reframing traditional understandings and practices. CHERTL, Rhodes University.

Belluigi, D.Z. The problem of authorship: Considering the significance of interpretative approaches on

the conditions for creativity in undergraduate fine art studio practice: Unpublished PhD thesis . Kingston University.

Thondhlana, G. & Belluigi, D. Z. 2014. Group-work as ‘terrains of learning’ for students in South African higher education. Perspectives in Education 32(14): 40-55.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2014. The paradox of “teaching” transformation in fine art studio practice: assessment in the South African context. International Journal for Education through Art 10(3):.349-362.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2013. A proposed schema for the conditions of creativity in fine art studio practice. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 14(19).

Belluigi, D. Z. 2013. Playing broken telephone with student feedback: the possibilities and issues in transformation within a South African case of a collegial rationality model of evaluation. Book chapter in Nair, S. & Mertova, P. (eds). Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Student Feedback in Social Sciences, Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 978-1-84334-655-5. Pp. 1-27.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2012. Provoking ethical relationships. Book chapter in Quinn, L. (Ed). Reimagining academic staff development: spaces for disruption. Stellenbosch: SunMedia. For review see

De Vos, M. & Belluigi, D. Z. 2011. Formative assessment as mediation. Perspectives in Education 29(2): 39-47 Available at

Nygaard, C. & Belluigi, D.Z. 2011. A proposed methodology for contextualised evaluation in higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 36(6): 657-671.                   

Belluigi, D. Z. 2011. ‘Intentionality in a creative arts curriculum’, The Journal of Aesthetic Education 45(1): 18-36.

Meistre, B. A. &Belluigi, D. Z. 2010. After Image: Using metaphoric storytelling in the evaluation of a fine art photography course. Book chapter in Claus Nygaard, Clive Holtham and Nigel Courtney (eds.): ‘Teaching Creativity – Creativity in Teaching’. Libri Press.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2010. Creating the conditions for creativity: looking at assessment in fine art studio practice. Book chapter in Claus Nygaard, Clive Holtham and Nigel Courtney (eds.): ‘Teaching Creativity – Creativity in Teaching’. Libri Press.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2010. Presented ‘Creating the conditions for creativity: looking at assessment in fine art studio practice’ at Learning in Higher Education (LIHE) symposium, Aegina, Greece

Belluigi, D. Z. 2009. Exploring the discourses around ‘creativity’ and ‘critical thinking’ in a South African creative arts curriculum, Studies in Higher Education 34(6): 699-717.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2008. ‘Making allowance for doubt: Arguing for validity in evaluation processes’. Book chapter in Claus Nygaard & Clive Holtham (eds.): Understanding learning-centered higher education, CBS Press.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2007. ‘Making the Student Feedback Questionnaire a contextual, reflective tool for teacher and student alike. ‘ELIA Teachers’ Academy Papers’, A. Boddington & D. Clews (eds), Nottingham Trent University. ISBN: 978-7-905593-07-1

Belluigi, D. Z.  & B.A. Meistre. 2007. ‘Desperately Seeking Meaning: Making Mnemic Metaphors in the Formative Evaluation of Visual Arts Education’, Presented by D.Z Belluigi at HELTASA, Bloemfontein November 19-21 2007.

Belluigi, D. Z. 2007. ‘Making the Student Feedback Questionnaire a contextual, reflective tool for teacher and student alike’ Paper presented at July 2007 European League for the Institute of the Arts (ELIA) Teaching Academy Conference, Brighton University

Belluigi, D. Z. 2006.  Excavating Illuminations: Scratching the textured surfaces of Tammy Griffin’s ‘Intimate Circuits’, in catalogue published by the artist. Available at wttp://

Belluigi, D. Z. 2006. S/watch by Genevieve Bateman, opening speech of exhibition

Belluigi, D. Z. 2004. Denoting absence: some notes on Brent Meistre’s ‘San’, in catalogue published by the artist. Available at

Belluigi, D. Z. 2001. Detritus on Brent Meistre’s ‘Rode’, in catalogue published by the artist.  Available at