2018 Great Texts/Big Questions Lecture Series Launches in April

6 Mar 2018 - 13:00

2018 Great Texts/Big Questions Lecture Series Launches in April

Things Unfinished

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) launches its 2018 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series in April, with a line-up that features acclaimed and award-winning writers, artists, academics and musicians.
The theme underpinning this Great Texts series is drawn from Achille Mbembe’s foreword to Fiona Forde’s An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema & the ‘New’ ANC in which he writes: ‘[South Africa] is still caught … between things that are no longer and things that are not yet.’
The talks comprising the series will explore South Africa’s state of in-betweenness, as evoked in Mbembe’s words, from the vantage point of things unfinished, things unwritten – an exploration of mutability as opposed to certainty from academic, historical, poetic, musical, artistic and literary points of view. The series, then, is also an investigation of becoming, and how we might become differently.
Amongst the numerous approaches to this theme, speakers will reflect on: the process of bringing to the page (and imagination) that which is unsaid or unwritten, including the work of researching but also reimagining individual lives within a broader historical narrative; the contested space of gender identity in South Africa and possibilities for liberating men from oppressive models of masculinity; writing fiction that troubles linguistic conventions, realism and the arc of traditional narrative trajectories; as well as notions of freedom, home and placelessness, and what it means to belong in this turbulent moment in post-apartheid South Africa.

The schedule of speakers, with details about each lecture to be released shortly, is as follows:

  1. Wednesday 11 April: Poet, performer and spoken word educator, Toni Stuart
  2. Friday 20 April: Musicians Siyabonga Mthembu (The Brother Moves On) & Itai Hakim
  3. Wednesday 25 April: Novelist Claire Robertson
  4. Wednesday 2 May: Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at Unisa, Kopano Ratele 
  5. Wednesday 9 May: Writer, journalist, multimedia artist and theatre practitioner, Stacy Hardy 
  6. Wednesday 16 May: Writer, and author of Call it a Difficult NightMishka Hoosen 
  7. Wednesday 23 May: Journalist, writer and activist, Sisonke Msimang

All Great Texts lectures take place from 18:00 – 19:30 at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Refreshments are served from 17:30.

All are welcome. RSVP at: ica@uct.ac.za

For more information, please contact the ICA offices at: +27 21 650 7156 | ica@uct.ac.za

Photo credit: 'Elalini' by Lidudumalingani