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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Max participants: first 90 people to register, otherwise live-streamed on https://www.facebook.com/africanfeminisms
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.
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.
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.
Hedley Twidle was invited recently to take part in the Bergen Literary Festival in Norway, where he joined other South African writers Njabulo Ndebele, Jonny Steinberg and Koleka Putuma. He delivered a lecture on post-apartheid literary culture...
Sandra Young was invited to give a keynote address at a colloquium held at the University of Bayreuth in Germany this month. The colloquium, titled 'Shakespeare and Africa: Literary Entanglements Across Space and Time', is part of 4-year international collaborative research project on 'Africa Multiple'
Barbara Boswell from the Department of English recently hosted Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literatures in English at the University of Oxford, as she launched her second short story collection To the Volcano and Other Stories
On 25 November 2019 the Department of English had its end of year party. Staff and graduate students dazzled one another with their poetry, music, drama and dance.
The Konstantin Sofianos Scholarship invites you to apply for our annual scholarship. Scholarship applications are open to all students who have been accepted to the University of Cape Town’s English department for the Honours programme in 2020.
"Research in Residence", the UCT English Postgraduate Conference, took place on Thursday 24 October.
The Department celebrates the recent publication of Hedley Twidle’s new book, Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-Fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa. At a launch event at the Book Lounge recently, Hedley spoke with Book Lounge founder Mervyn Sloman about the ‘strange’ and even ‘unusable’ elements of the past that nonetheless find their way into the array of narrative non-fiction, memoir and other documentary modes that continue to shape the past for the post-apartheid present.
Co-edited by Dr Polo B. Moji, the thematic issue Ghostly border-crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic narratives, has recently been published by Tydskrif vir Letterkunde – A Journal of African Literature, with a striking cover image from Lina Iris Viktor’s Dark Continent 1 series.