Winter School registration closed + Full list of speakers

Registration for Winter School is now closed. All paid participants will receive the Winter School program and reading pack soon.

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We are pleased to announce our full list of speakers:

Tshegofatso Mabaso

Tshegofatso Mabaso is an artist, based in Johannesburg. She is currently completing a Masters in History of Art, at the University of Witwatersrand. Mabaso is interested in entangled notions of identity and self-writing. Her installations, video pieces and performative works are explorations through language, history and memory. Memory is explored through the notions of communal, institutional and personal memory, engaged through an ongoing archive of found documents, family photographs and family praise songs. Her work seeks to question the authority of language as well as explore counter-narratives in historical writing. Language is understood here as a sensory and cultural experience and performance; it is less about translation and more towards engaging misunderstandings.

Masello Motana

Masello Motana practices various artistic disciplines with zeal and originality. She is a multi-disciplinary performer that works in a variety of mediums including television, theatre, film, street performance and live music. Her diverse experience ranges from acting, singing, poetry, storytelling and intervention satire. Motana is most popularly known for her acting and presenting work on television, most recently for her lead role in the film A Million Colours. Her television credits include the Emmy nominated series Home Affairs, the multi award winning soapie Isidingo, Justice For All, One, Yizo Yizo 3 and Artchaar. She was also part of an international ensemble cast of Rough, which subsequently won 9 Canadian Emmys for Best Mini Series among others. She has most recently merged presenting and comedy for the new SABC 2 show Democrazy. The passionate linguist also worked as a language supervisor on set and post production, this involved coaching top South African actors in various African languages.

Prof. Bhekizizwe Peterson

Bhekizizwe Peterson is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently the Head of the Department of African Literature and he has been a member of numerous Faculty and University Committees since 1990. He has served on various editorial, statutory and artistic committees, juries and boards across the continent. He has held invited Fellowships at Yale University and Birmingham University (U.K). He has published extensively on African Literature, Performance and Cultral Studies as well as Black Intellectual Traditions in South Africa.

Prof. Kwesi Kwaa Prah

Kwesi Kwaa Prah is founder and Director of the Africa-wide Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has worked extensively across Africa, Europe and Asia researching and teaching Sociology and Anthropology in various universities. Prof. Kwesi Kwaa Prah has also been a Visiting Nuffield Foundation Fellow and Associate at the Centre for African Studies and Darwin College, Cambridge University. Prof. Prah is currently, mainly involved with work in Anthropological Linguistics, specifically the harmonization of African orthographic conventions.

Dylan Valley

Dylan Valley is an award winning South African filmmaker, born and raised in Cape Town. He has directed work with SABC, Al Jazeera, and independently. In 2005 he directed a short documentary on the history and current tensions in the Cape capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) scene. In 2006 he obtained his Honours degree in Film Theory and Practice from UCT. Lost Prophets, a film about the personal stories of South Africa’s hip hop pioneers Prophets of da City, and where they are now, was his honours thesis project in partnership with co-producer and collaborator Sean Drummond. Afrikaaps was Dylan’s debut documentary, and was nominated and the winner of several prizes for documentary film. He's currently an associate lecturer of the University of Witwatersrand.


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