WILL DRAW TOGETHER

CREATIVE PRACTITIONERS, SCHOLARS, PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS,
POLICY MAKERS & POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

FROM A WIDE RANGE OF DISCIPLINES.

INVITATION TO CULTURE AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION (CAST) LECTURE AND SEMINAR SERIES, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

14-18 OCTOBER, 2019

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OVERVIEW

The University of Pretoria’s Programme for the Study of Culture and Social Transformation (CAST) under the leadership of Prof Siona O’Connell aims to explore the relationship between culture and social transformation, and promotes creative practice (music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts, dance, etc) as means of interrogation, research, education and celebration in doing so.

CAST draws together creative practitioners, scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers and post-graduate students from a wide range of disciplines in pursuit of its objectives.

It is against this background that CAST, in association with the Javett Arts Centre and Future Africa, hosts this series of lectures and seminars from 14-18 October 2019 to interrogate the relationship between culture (understood broadly as belief and value systems, traditions and worldviews that inform individual and communal identity-making and ways of being within the world) and five contemporary, challenging themes: climate change, gender-based violence, land, Afrophobia and poverty..

While culture is often avoided because of its nebulous nature or because of how it is appropriated to justify regressive behaviour, the premise of these seminars is that the values and beliefs by which people and communities live are integral to solutions to crises emerging from climate change, gender-based violence, poverty, etc and to the sustainability of these solutions.

The public lectures will provide an introduction to and an overview of the theme and will take place in the auditorium of the Javett Arts Centre, while the seminars – hosted at Future Africa – will interrogate the cultural dimension of each theme.

The programme will include performances of He had it coming, a multi-sketch satirical revue that comments on the current political landscape and which speaks to some of the key themes that will be debated during the week.

This series of public lectures to which everyone is invited will provide an introduction to and overview of the theme, while the seminars will interrogate the cultural dimension of each theme.

There is no need to RSVP for the lectures, but to attend the seminars, please RSVP to events@futureafrica.science by 15:00, Friday 11 October 2019, to indicate which seminar/s you will attend.

Entrance to the theatre revue and book launch is free.

LECTURES

Monday 14 October 2019, Theme: Climate change and Culture

13:00-14:00 – Public Lecture, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

Adaptive transformations to climate risks: missing links, missing actors and missing in action

  • Professor Coleen Vogel, climatologist working in the social dimensions of climate change, Wits University

15:00-16:30     Seminar, Future Africa

  • Climate change and culture: truth or merely fiction? – Carien Smith, writer, academic, fellow of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS)
  • The cultural dimension of climate change – Kyla Davis, Director of the Well Worn Theatre Company

Tuesday 15 October 2019, Theme: Gender-based violence and Culture

13:00-14:00 – Public Lecture, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

Gender-based violence: causes, trends and responses

  • Mary Crewe, Director: Sexualities, AIDS and Gender, University of Pretoria

15:00-16:30 – Seminar, Future Africa

The cultural dimensions of gender-based violence

  • Siseko Kumalo, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines, Kumalo’s work in feminist and queer theory focuses on the cultivation of healthy masculinities in the South African context
  • Nomsa Mazwai, General Manager, Soweto Theatre

19:30-20:40 – Preview theatre performance, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

 He Had it Coming, featuring Nancy Sekhokoane, directed by Faniswa Yisa, written by Mike van Graan


Wednesday 16 October 2019, Theme: Land and Culture

13:00-14:00 – Public Lecture, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

The land question: facts, fiction and the future

  • Gauta Komane, Consultant to farming communities in the North West Province

15:00-16:30 – Seminar, Future Africa

The cultural dimension of the land question

  • Prof Siona O’Connell, African Studies scholar, Filmmaker, Curator, University of Pretoria

19:30-20:40 – Premiere theatre performance: 19:30, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

He Had it Coming, featuring Nancy Sekhokoane, directed by Faniswa Yisa, written by Mike van Graan


Thursday 17 October 2019, Theme: Afrophobia and Culture

13:00-14:00 – Public Lecture, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

Afrophobia in South Africa: an African perspective

  • Amir Sheikh, Chairperson: Somali Community Board of South Africa

15:00-16:30 – Seminar, Future Africa

The cultural dimension of Afrophobia and nationalism

  • Prof Fraser McNeill, Associate Professor, Social Anthropology, University of Pretoria
  • Boitumelo Modise, Freelance artist, theatre director

19:30-20:40 – Theatre performance, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

He Had it Coming, featuring Nancy Sekhokoane, directed by Faniswa Yisa, written by Mike van Graan


Friday 18 October 2019, Theme: Poverty and Culture

 13:00-14:00 – Public Lecture, Javett Arts Centre Auditorium

Poverty and Policy in South Africa

  • Hein Gerwel, Development economics specialist, University of Stellenbosch

15:00-16:30- Seminar, Future Africa

Culture doesn’t pay the bills: Unpacking South African poverties

  • Dr Carla Lever, Research Fellow, Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, UCT

The cultural dimensions of poverty

  • Motsumi Makhene, Arts educator, cultural policy analyst

VENUES

Javett Arts Centre, 23 Lynnwood Road, Hatfield, Pretoria

Future Africa: Take the South Street entrance to the University of Pretoria Sports Complex, pass through a second boom to the Experimental Farm, and follow this road to the Future Africa Campus on the right (about 1,5km from the second boom).  Signs will direct you to the venue.

Contact CAST

Please send us an email if you have any queries about our programme.

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