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Transnational Contact Zones: African and South Asian Sexualities and Genders

This is an international abstract-driven conference inviting scholars, activists and creatives from South Asia, Africa and (the diasporas related to South Asia and Africa) that show the South Asia-Africa experience in its broad diversity. The conference remit is to develop rich understanding and fresh insights, in both theory and practice, the politics of crossing geographic, linguistic, cultural and heteronormative boundaries in the ‘contact zones’ opened up by the relationship between ‘South Asia’ and ‘Africa’ in its historical and current contexts.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

  • Vasu Reddy (University of Pretoria)
  • Ahonaa Roy (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)
  • Zethu Matebeni (University of Fort Hare)
  • Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield, UK)
  • Dr Nisa Paleker (Dept of Historical & Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria)
  • 2 x PostDoctoral Fellows
  • 1 x Doctoral candidate

Keynote addresses to be confirmed shortly

Although there is no conference registration fee, all participants will need to register.

The conference will use a hybrid model to accommodate the current COVID pandemic.

 

  • Transnational Contact Zones: African and South Asian Sexualities and Genders

    July 26, 2022 – July 28, 2022

    This is an international conference inviting scholars, activists and creatives from South Asia, Africa (and the diasporas related to South Asia and Africa) that show the South Asia-Africa experience in its broad diversity. Activists and scholars in the fields of sociology, anthropology, law, history, postcolonial studies, critical psychology, gender studies, cultural/literary studies, politics and ethnic studies, migration, transnational and queer studies are invited to submit papers.  The conference remit is to develop rich understanding, in both theory and practice, the politics of crossing geographic, linguistic, cultural and heteronormative boundaries in the ‘contact zones’ opened up by the relationship between ‘South Asia’ and ‘Africa’ in its historical and current contexts.

Critical Food Studies: South (Africa) and/in the World

This virtual conference seeks to draw innovative, new and fresh insights from humanities and creative work in lively conversation.

  • Critical Food Studies: South (Africa) and/in the World

    November 17, 2021 – November 19, 2021

    This virtual conference seeks to draw innovative, new and fresh insights from humanities and creative work in lively conversation. Humanities-driven food studies is making steady inroads into and problematizing food security studies domains that neglect human, cultural and question positivist perspectives. By creating a platform for critical food studies driven by the humanities, including visual arts and performance perspectives, this conference opens up critical thinking and creative expression about food and its links to (including intersections with) other disciplinary domains of human experience. We invite proposals for panel discussions, dialogues, art exhibitions, demonstrations, and pre-recorded performances.

Humanities Postgraduate Conference

Humanities Postgraduate Conference

  • Humanities Postgraduate Conference

    October 31, 2021 – November 20, 2021

Film in history / History in film Conference

The conference seeks to engage with film in South Africa in the four domains discussed above; film in history, film as source of history, film as history and film as counter-archive.  The conference aims to bring together South African and international scholars working broadly in the domain of film and history in and about South Africa.  The conference is open to all scholars whose research interest is film and visual studies from a historical perspective, including research interests in the historical development of cinema (in the South African national, comparative and/or global contexts), cinema culture, audiences, festivals and reception, technologies and the business of filmmaking as well as historians working with film as history, film in history and film as [counter]archive.

  • Film in history / History in film Conference

    April 2, 2020 – April 4, 2020

    The conference seeks to engage with film in South Africa in the four domains discussed above; film in history, film as source of history, film as history and film as counter-archive.  The conference aims to bring together South African and international scholars working broadly in the domain of film and history in and about South Africa.  The conference is open to all scholars whose research interest is film and visual studies from a historical perspective, including research interests in the historical development of cinema (in the South African national, comparative and/or global contexts), cinema culture, audiences, festivals and reception, technologies and the business of filmmaking as well as historians working with film as history, film in history and film as [counter]archive.

Child/ Africa/ Story Conference

In her well-known TED talk Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s outlines ‘the dangers of the single story’ with a particular emphasis on its relevance to Africa and Africans. The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria plans to host an interdisciplinary conference on the multiple and varied implications for children’s literature and storytelling in Africa. The conference will take place at the Future Africa centre on the university’s tranquil Hillcrest campus from 30th to 31st March, 2020.

  • Child/ Africa/ Story Conference

    March 30, 2020 – March 31, 2020

    The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria plans to host an interdisciplinary conference on the multiple and varied implications for children’s literature and storytelling in Africa. The conference will take place at the Future Africa centre on the university’s tranquil Hillcrest campus from 30th to 31st March, 2020.

Humanities Postgraduate Conference

The Humanities Postgraduate Conference is an annual faculty conference for postgraduate students. Honours, Master’s and doctoral students are afforded the the opportunity to present their current research to their peers. The conference encourages a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to research.

  • Humanities Postgraduate Conference 2019

    October 23, 2019 – October 24, 2019

    The Humanities Postgraduate Conference is an annual faculty conference for postgraduate students. Honours, Master’s and doctoral students are afforded the the opportunity to present their current research to their peers. The conference encourages a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to research.

Unsettling Paradigms

  • TRANSNATIONAL CONTACT ZONES: AFRICAN AND SOUTH ASIAN SEXUALITIES AND GENDERS

    July 26, 2022 – July 28, 2022

    This is an international conference inviting scholars, activists and creatives from South Asia, Africa and (the diasporas related to South Asia and Africa) that show the South Asia-Africa experience in its broad diversity. Activists and scholars in the fields of sociology, anthropology, law, history, postcolonial studies, critical psychology, gender studies, cultural/literary studies, politics and ethnic studies, migration, transnational and queer studies are invited to submit papers.  The conference remit is to develop rich understanding, in both theory and practice, the politics of crossing geographic, linguistic, cultural and heteronormative boundaries in the ‘contact zones’ opened up by the relationship between ‘South Asia’ and ‘Africa’ in its historical and current contexts.

  • The Decolonial Turn and the Humanities Curriculum: Prospects, Practice and Interventions

    July 10, 2019 – July 12, 2019

    The “decolonial turn” (aligned to the broader concept of decolonisation) is a nuanced, layered and sliding signifier. Despite its conceptual slipperiness, the insights, debate and discussion that it spurs provides a productive framework for critiquing and thinking about the education transformation project. This takes two forms:

    1. The `epistemological' case in which decolonisation is seen as constitutive of reorganising and rethinking knowledge; and,
    2. The `historical' case in which decolonisation is seen as playing an unprecedented role in reviewing and reconstituting social relations and identities in contemporary society.

     

    This international conference will investigate the ‘decolonial turn’ and explore how it produces new or different renditions of the Humanities Curriculum.