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In memoriam: Professor Harry Garuba
The Department is in mourning following the passing of our beloved colleague and teacher, Professor Harry Garuba, late on Friday 28 February 2020. Harry was a wonderful mentor. A deeply kind and wise teacher to so many of us, he also had a fierce...
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Thursday, 22 October 2020
Online Event: African Feminisms 2020
Healing as a Revolutionary Act  Featuring: Mmatshilo Motsei’s webinar, “Conversations with my Womb” 

Introduction by Barbara Boswell, video-poetry by various artists, and an optional feminist wine-down (bring your own booze)
Pre-event activity: Shelley Barry Watch Party 7th – 11th September on https://www.facebook.com/africanfeminisms/ 

Registration deadline: 9th Sept 23h (Pretoria time)
Registration Email: afems2020@gmail.com 
Max participants: first 90 people to register, otherwise live-streamed on https://www.facebook.com/africanfeminisms

 

 

Publication Date:
Mon, 07 Sep 2020 - 14:00
Christopher Ouma launches Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past

The Department celebrates the recent publication of Christopher Ouma's new book, Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past. 

This book examines the representation of figures, memories and images of childhood in selected contemporary diasporic African fiction by Adichie, Abani, Wainaina and Oyeyemi. The book argues that childhood is a key framework for thinking about contemporary African and African Diasporic identities. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 - 14:00
Webinar to unpack racism and inequality amid COVID-19

The Office for Inclusivity and Change (OIC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a live webinar themed “White privilege: A critical dialogue on racism and inequality in the time of COVID-19” and invites all members of the campus community to attend. 

Panellists participating in the discussion include Dr Robin DiAngelo and Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd (Stellenbosch University) and the English Department's very own, Dr Mandisa Haarhoff (UCT). The trio will unpack the definition of white privilege and engage in constructive, critical conversations on the topic to help drive “racial justice in our communities”. The session will be moderated by Stanley Henkeman, executive director of the IJR.

 

Publication Date:
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 - 13:15
In memoriam: Professor Harry Garuba

The Department is in mourning following the passing of our beloved colleague and teacher, Professor Harry Garuba, late on Friday 28 February 2020. Harry was a wonderful mentor. A deeply kind and wise teacher to so many of us, he also had a fierce commitment to the transformative impact of Africa-centred scholarship and a belief that the work of careful, revisionist scholarship could profoundly impact an unjust and unequal world.

Publication Date:
Tue, 03 Mar 2020 - 12:00

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