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Catch the Launch of A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation by John Saul in Canada

A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African LiberationThe Institute of African Studies at Carleton University and Octopus Books would like to invite you to the launch of A Flawed Freedom: Rethinking Southern African Liberation by John Saul.

Saul will be in conversation with Blair Rutherford, Director of Institute of African Studies.

The launch will be held at Octopus Books Centretown on Sunday, 5 November, at 7 PM.

Catch it if you can!

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  • Date: Sunday, 5 November 2014
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Venue: Octopus Books Centretown
    2nd Floor
    251 Bank Street
    Ottawa
    Canada
  • Guest Speaker: Blair Rutherford

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Mark Swilling: “We, Africans, Have a Unique Opportunity to Shape Our Own Future”

Just TransitionsJust Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World co-author Mark Swilling has written an article for the Heinrich Boll Stiftung‘s Perspectives journal, titled “Greening African Economies: Reflections on an Emerging Contested Discourse”.

Swilling expands on the impeding global economic crisis, which is underlined by ecological factors, and says: “Crisis is really just another word for change. If change does not happen, then it was not a proper crisis in the first place. Everything depends on how we exploit this crisis.”

He addresses global changes underway, the green economy in a transforming world and key economic realities. “We, Africans, have a unique opportunity to shape our own future. We can choose to wait and see how things pan out and then respond or we can anticipate a future and position ourselves accordingly,” he writes.

Read the article:

As in the past, what we in Africa want to
do cannot be separated from a world that
wants to get its hands on our natural wealth.
When the New World needed slaves, they
took them from Africa. After the European
and North American forests were cut down,
it was the African forests that began to be
cut. When economic growth in Western
economies accelerated after World War II,
Africa became the supplier of food and raw
As in the past, what we in Africa want to
do cannot be separated from a world that
wants to get its hands on our natural wealth.
When the New World needed slaves, they
took them from Africa. After the European
and North American forests were cut down,
it was the African forests that began to be
cut. When economic growth in Western
economies accelerated after World War II,
Africa became the supplier of food and raw
materials.

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The Seeds of Sustainable Food Security: A Workshop for Problem Solving and Action in Southern Africa

Sharing Benefits from the CoastLaura Pereira wrote an article on a recent workshop convened by the Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) in Stellenbosch. Rachel Wynberg, co-author of Sharing Benefits from the Coast: Rights, Resource and Livelihoods, was one of the organisers of the event.

The workshop brought together people involved or invested in the maintenance of healthy seed stocks from a number of different African countries and from the United Kingdom.

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How can we sustain the diversity of seeds that feed us? This was the central question at a workshop convened from 4-5 September at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch by the Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) – a long-term collaboration focused on securing food sovereignty for smallholder farmers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, one of the core objectives of which is to interrogate the assumptions underlying the promotion of a ‘green revolution’, or technology-based agricultural intervention, as the solution for Africa.

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Podcast: Zanele Muholi Speaks Out About the Need to Address Homophobia in Africa

Jacketed WomenZanele Muholi, who contributed the photographs in Jacketed Women: Qualitative research methodologies on sexualities and gender in Africa took part in a public debate about homosexuality in Africa recently.

The conversation, which was hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, also included Thomas Ndayiragije, Zakhele Mbhele and a number of audience members who took the opportunity to voice their thoughts and questions.

In the podcast, Muholi says that she is deeply angry about the pain brought about by homophobia. She says she does not how to theorise homophobia in Africa, and indeed this is an ambitious project. Her work is mainly on visualising homophobia, which she says there is a great need for.

Listen to the podcast:

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Join Morten Jerven for the Launch of Good Governance Africa’s 2014 Africa Survey at GIBS

Good Governance Africa (GGA) and the GIBS Centre for Dynamic Markets invite you to the launch of the GGA’s 2014 Africa Survey.

Poor NumbersMorten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers: How we are mislead by African development statistics and what to do about it, is one of the guest speakers who will evaluate Africa’s changing landscape. Former Zimbabwean Minister of Finance Tendai Biti and political economist Simon Freemantle will join Jerven in the discussion.

The GGA’s annual Africa Survey collates statistics and interrogates government performance across 55 countries. Read the 2013 Africa Survey in PDF format.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 28 October, in the Gordon Institute of Business Science​ auditorium at 5:30 for 6 PM. Please RSVP by Wednesday, 22 October.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, 28 October 2014
  • Time: 5:30 for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Gordon Institute of Business Science,
    Auditorium,
    26 Melville Road,
    Illovo,
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest speakers: Morten Jerven, Simon Freemantle and Tendai Biti
  • RSVP: Farzana Ally, allyf@gibs.co.za by Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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  • Poor Numbers: How we are mislead by African development statistics and what to do about it by Morten Jerven
    EAN: 9781775820659
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JM of All Trades, Master of All Genres: The Launch of JM Coetzee: Two Screenplays

Hermann Wittenberg

 
The launch of JM Coetzee: Two Screenplays: Waiting for the Barbarians and in the Heart of the Country at Clarke’s Bookshop attracted enough attention to make stairway-seating necessary.

Hermann Wittenberg, the book’s editor, was not surprised at the turnout. Wittenburg launched the book in conversation with Carrol Clarkson, a fellow Coetzee scholar.

Carrol Clarkson and Hermann WittenburgJM Coetzee: Two ScreenplaysWittenberg said that working on the screenplays has made him realise that film has been a important subterranean influence Coetzee’s literary work. The discussion of the intersections between Coetzee’s handling of language and understanding of the power of the image cast a fascinating light on his work and creative perspectives.

As a struggling young academic, Coetzee tried his hand at blockbuster-type writing. This did not work out for him in the novel form, but it led to him seriously considering film as an option. None of his screenplays have ever been made it onto film, but if they had, Wittenberg says that Coetzee could have retired from his professorship at UCT at a very young age, as millions were at stake.

Clarkson commented that Coetzee’s published novels are difficult to turn into films partly because they are such good books. The novel is technically very different to the film, and in the process of translation a great deal must be lost, or at least changed.

Wittenberg said Coetzee made a conscious shift from the way that he employed language when he wrote fiction and non-fiction prose to the way he engaged with writing for films. The way he thought about characters and locales for his screenplays sometimes impacted the way he wrote novels. For him, the two types of writing interacted.

Wittenberg enjoyed the process of editing this book and working with Coetzee very much. The two screenplays in this volume employ the medium of film very differently, and yet would both make excellent films. Hopefully they will soon be moved from paper to screen!

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Erin Devenish (@ErinDevenish811) tweeted from the launch using #livebooks:


 

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Marlene Winberg Shares “The Story of Elephant, Hippo and Hare” by Oral Storyteller Kapilolo Mahongo

The Courage of ||kabboMarlene Winberg has shared a story on her blog by oral storyteller Kapilolo Mahongo entitled, “The Story of Elephant, Hippo and Hare”.

Winberg contributed to the anthology, The Courage of ||kabbo: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Specimens of Bushman Folklore, edited by Janette Deacon and Pippa Skotnes.

Spanish folklorist and another contributor to The Courage of ||kabbo, Jose Manuel de Prada Samper, visited the Klein Karoo rock etchings with Mahongo.

Samper took photographs while Mahongo told his tale.

Winberg writes: “Kapilolo has been my story-telling partner for more than 20 years – what a mentor! He is the co-founder of the Manyeka Arts trust and leader of his community of more than 3000 !Xun speakers.”

Read an excerpt from the story:

The Story of Elephant, Hippo and Hare.

 
Hare was basking in the hot African sun. He planned to plough a patch of earth and plant mealies for his family, but he was too lazy. Half dreaming, Hare conjured up a plan. He grinned and stretched.

Hare hopped into the bush to find Elephant. “Big Man,” Hare said, “Do you want to play a game with me? I bet you I can win you in a game of tug-of-war!”

Elephant laughed at Hare. “You cheeky brat, one tug and you’re a loser!”

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  • The Courage of ||kabbo: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Specimens of Bushman Folklore edited by Janette Deacon and Pippa Skotnes
    EAN: 9781919895468
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Ronnie Kasrils: Josh Broomberg Took a Great Stand for Humanity

The Kasrils AffairRonnie Kasrils, the subject of The Kasrils Affair: Jews and minority politics in the new South Africa by J B Pollack, recently voiced his support for Joshua Broomberg.

Broomberg, the deputy head boy at the Jewish school King David Victory, made a public show of his solidarity for Palestine earlier this year. The photo of Broomberg showing support for Palestine became the focus of a media storm and demands that he be stripped of his school honours.

Kasrils is a Jewish man and a former government minister who used his position to campaign against Israeli policy when he was in power. Kasrils regards Israel’s actions as criminal, and therefore lauds the stand Broomberg took.

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Former minister Ronnie Kasrils, has taken a stand with Josh Broomberg and has called attacks on the King David Victory school deputy head boy “appalling.”

“That kind of bigotry is appalling and despicable. Josh has taken a great stand for humanity,” said Kasril to eNCA.com on Monday night.

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Noëleen Murray: Despite Recent Media Attention, Lwandle Remains “Dislocated and Invisible”

Hostels, Homes, MuseumNoëleen Murray, who along with Leslie Witz wrote Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising migrant labour pasts in Lwandle, South Africa, was quoted in an article by SAPA on News24 about the recent evictions in Lwandle.

Murray and Witz curate the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum and are engaged with the community there. While Murray is somewhat glad that media attention has drawn public concern, she says that Lwandle remains a largely anonymous township to many.

In this article, Murray speaks about the Lwandle’s historical marginalisation and the effects of these evictions for individuals and the community.

Read the article:

Cape Town – The Lwandle township in Cape Town was “off the map” until people and structures were recently violently removed from the land there, the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum said on Wednesday.

Acting chairperson of the museum’s board, Noeleen Murray, said although media coverage had thrust the area into the spotlight since the removals on 2 June and 3 June, it remained dislocated and invisible.

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  • Hostels, Homes, Museum: Memorialising migrant labour pasts in Lwandle, South Africa by Noëleen Murray, Leslie Witz
    EAN: 9781775820772
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Come to a Seminar on Indexing the Human by Edgar Pieterse at Stellenbosch University

Africa's Urban RevolutionThe Department Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University and UCT Press would like to invite you to a talk by Edgar Pieterse, one of the editors of Africa’s Urban Revolution.

The topic of Pieterse’s talk is “The peculiar life of a digital artefact in the governance architecture of Joburg metro” and is part of a seminar series called Indexing the Human.

The talk will be on Thursday, 9 October from 1 PM to 2:30 PM at the Arts and Social Sciences Building at Stellenbosch University.

See you there!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 9 October 2014
  • Time: 1 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Venue: Arts and Social Sciences Building
    4th Floor
    Room 401
    Stellenbosch University
    Stellenbosch Central| Map
  • RSVP: Genay Dhelminie, genay@sun.ac.za, 021 808 2420

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