Afems 2019 - Theorising from the Epicentres of our Agency

Friday, 6 September 2019

Keynote: Kharnita Mohamed

Epistemic Uncertainty as Decolonial Praxis

Friday, 6 September 2019, 10.15-11.45

Panel: A Story of Pain

Chair: Faith Mkwesha

Natalia Flores-Garrido | Experiences of Precarity and Practices of Resistance of Young Feminists from South Africa

Mathabo Mahlo | ‘Anything Dead Coming Back to Life Hurts’: An Understanding of Intergenerational Repressed Pain and the Body

Refiloe Makama | Romancing the Pain

Dominique Mcfall | Of Mountains and (Almost) Men: Cultural Perspectives on Initiation into Manhood in K. Sello Duiker’s Novel Thirteen Cents

Friday, 6 September 2019, 10.15-11.45

Panel: Urbanity: Living Life in the City

Chair: Same Mdluli

Melissa Fuhner | Meg Vandermerwe’s Portrayal of the Effects of Migration on Women in Zebra Crossing

Polo B Moji | Black Flâneuse: Black Women Strolling in Cecile Emeke’s Flâneur (2015)

Viraj Suparsad | Influence in the Diaspora. Theorising Love in Contemporary Urban India

Friday, 6 September 2019, 12.00-13.30

Panel: Unhomed: Labour, Citizenship and Belonging

Chair: Dee Marco

Robtel Neajai Pailey | Women, Equality, and Citizenship in Contemporary Africa

Jodie Pather | Situating Black Feminism as Theory-Praxis in Relation to Women and Land

Deborah Adeojo | Women’s Political Communication and Feminist (Re)Construction of Geographies of Power in Africa: Insights from Wives on Strike

Danille Elize Arendse/Fatima Peters | ‘Where Are You From?’: Reflections on Being Coloured Females in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Friday, 6 September 2019, 12.00-13.30

Panel: Once Upon a Time There Was: Writing Herstory 

Chair: Lynda Spencer

Ramona Baijnath | Writing Her In: An African Feminist Exploration into the Life Herstory Narrative of Dimakatso, a Woman Participant in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) at Leratong Hospital in Gauteng, South Africa

Beverley Barry | Exploring the Formation of Khoisan Works of Imagination

Boledi R Petja/Isaac Ndlovu | ‘Different, Not Needy and Clinging or Weepy’: Depictions of Female Characters in C.M. Elliot’s Trilogy

Ditshego Masete | Fault-Lines in the Depiction of Gender Subversions in Angela Makholwa’s Two Novels

Friday, 6 September 2019, 14.30-16.00

Panel: Mothering, Motherhood and the Intricacies of Care

Chair: Philiswa Lila

Hanta Henning | Mothering and Othering: Reading Fiela’s Child as an Adoption Narrative

Wacango Kimani | The Discourse on Young Pregnancy in Research and Education: Options for Constructive Engagement and Inclusion

Nomancotsho Pakade | Revisiting Motherhood as Solidarity

Faith Mkwesha | Postcolonial Black-African Activism in Europe: Your Child Is My Child Sahwira

Friday, 6 September 2019, 14,30-16.00

Panel: Queer, Queering, and Queered Performances 

Chair: Amie Soudien

Kamogelo Molobye | Black Queer Feminism and the Questioning of Being and Belonging

Evaan Ferreira | Queer Black South African Representation: An Analysis of YouTube as a Platform of Self Expression for Queer Communities

Susan Adaora Okpala | Resisting Othering and Affirming Sexual Diversity in Selected Contemporary African Women’s Writing

Siseko H. Kumalo | Aligning the Ethical With Aesthetics – Possibilities of Hope Through Radical Black Negativity

Art on our Mind Creative Dialogue with Mamela Nyamza hosted by Beverley Barry

Afems Performance Evening - Ima Wedwa and Dumela Mosadi

Ima Wedwa - Nompumelelo Kubheka and Nine Magagula

Dumela Mosadi - Mmatumisang Kgosigadi ya ga Motsisi