As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents Rutgers University academic, Nelson Maldonado-Torres. Maldonado-Torres will present Ten Theses on Coloniality and Decoloniality in which he explores colonization and decolonization; coloniality and decoloniality – key terms in movements that challenge the predominant racial, sexist, homo and trans-phobic liberal and neoliberal politics of today. These ten theses aim to provide a basic conceptual infrastructure for addressing coloniality and decoloniality beyond historicist reductionisms.
As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents Stellenbosch University academic, Grace A. Musila. Musila will present ‘A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder’. Based on Musila’s book of the same title, this lecture explores readings of and inscriptions on Julie Ward’s life and death as important windows into British and Kenyan imaginaries on a wide range of issues – including race relations in postcolonial Africa; perceptions of female sexual moralities; the workings of state power and transnational capital, among other issues
As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents curators Jyoti Mistry & Jacki McInnes. The curators will reflect on the conceptual undertaking of the exhibition ‘When Tomorrow Comes’ that provides interpretations of the apocalypse, the end of times and its visual expressions. While the exhibition includes some international artists, it focuses particularly on what an ‘Armageddon’ might mean in a South African context.
As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents Pennsylvania State University professor, Robert Bernasconi. Bernasconi will present ‘Why Do We Think About Racism As We Do?’ – a critical examination of the dominant approach to racism since the 1950 UNESCO Statement on Race. By returning to the work of Fanon, Biko, and Sartre, Bernasconi outlines an alternative approach.
The Institute for Creative Arts, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute present a public seminar entitled, Knowledge Futures and the Twenty First Century University. The Seminar will focus on the contemporary challenges to the university from two interrelated sets of forces: from technological innovations, political contestations, epistemological challenges and new knowledge assemblages; and from the increasing incapacity of traditional knowledge institutions to respond effectively to new learning environments and publics.
As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the ICA presents legendary South African author, Sindiwe Magona. Magona will present ‘The Writer and Her Times’, in which she asks: Who is the writer and what is she to the nation? What determines the writer’s themes? What is the role of her community, and her role in that community? What is her role in the life of the nation? Sindiwe Magona is a prolific writer, poet, dramatist, storyteller, actress and motivational speaker.
Any Given Sunday, in association with Straight No Chaser Jazz Club and the Institute for Creative Arts, hosts the legendary Madosini in a concert that offers the public an exceptional opportunity to experience musical treasures from ancient pasts. This Music in the City Concert, ‘Bow Conversations’, takes place on Saturday 23 July at Hiddingh Hall. The “queen of indigenous music”, as she is also known, is a unique access to an indigenous Southern African musical tradition that is all but extinct.
As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA), in collaboration with UCT’s Black Academic Caucus (BAC), presents internationally acclaimed academic, poststructuralist theorist and feminist critic, Gayatri Spivak.
As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents internationally acclaimed photographer and visual activist, Zanele Muholi.
As part of its Great Texts / Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents visual artist,Gerald Machona and Mozambican choreographer, Pak Ndjamena.
Professor of Primary Health Care, Steve Reid and Associate Professor of anthropology, Susan Levine present Social Justice and the Medical Humanities: the Health of Marginalized People. This address poses a number of challenges to the medical humanities, such as a lacuna in attention to forms of structural violence that lead to dehumanization and affect health care in rural and urban South Africa.
The 3rd Space Symposium is an interdisciplinary event which will explore ideas around the imperative to decolonise the university, the role of the creative arts in provoking change, and the dialectic between the settled nature of academic curricula and the spontaneity of transformation. As a starting point, the title of the symposium draws on Homi Bhabha’s notion of a hybrid “third space” that “displaces the histories that constitute it, and sets up new structures of authority, new political initiatives, which are inadequately understood through received wisdom” [Rutherford 1990].