Afems 2019 - Theorising from the Epicentres of our Agency

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Keynote: Lynda Gichanda Spencer and Sharlene Khan

Theorising from the Epicentres of our Agencies: A Tribute to Molara and Toni

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10.15-11.45

Panel: Loss, Hope and Feminist Affective Engagements 

Chair: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Jenny B du Preez | Female Agency in Contemporary South African Erotic Writing

Manoko Tlhako | Bafetile, Baretlogetsˇe: Grief and Mourning in Cynthia Jele’s The Ones With Purpose

Noluthando Mpho Sibisi | Black (Female) Joy: Koleka Putuma and Mmatumisang Motsisi Writing, Staging, and (Re)defining Joy

Mercy Mujakachi | ‘Female Fear Factory’: Rape as a Male Instrument for Female Subjugation in South Africa

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 10.15-11.45

Panel: Engaging Femininities, Unburdening Patriarchies 

Chair: Wacango Kimani

Siphokazi Tau | Women: Agents and Gatekeepers of Patriarchy

Same Mdluli: Flowers for the Nation | A Rendition of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Let A Hundred Flowers Blossom

Joy Joseph | Marginalized Masculinity in Ramonu Sanusi’s Un Nègre a Violé Une Blonde à Dallas

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 12.00-13.30

Panel: Doo-Wop That Thang: Re-Inventing Feminist Imagination Through Feminist Creativity, Chair: Siphokazi Tau

Philiswa Lila | Skin, Bone and Fire: My First Album

Slindile Mthembu | Mapping out Intersectionality in Playwriting Praxis to Claim the Voices of Black Women in Contemporary South African Theatre

Katerina Genidogan | Towards a Blackosmopolitical Proposal: Decolonization Perspectives through the Shift to Singular Knowledges

Shveta Naidoo | Identity Through a Diasporic Lens: An Analysis of the Hybridity and Intersectionality of the Indian Diaspora

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 12.00-13.30

Panel: Agency and Mapping of Decolonial Interventions

Chair: Fouad Asfour

Lerato Nkadimeng | A Reading of African Posthumanist Agency in Freshwater

Saneze Tshayana | ‘The Collector of Treasures’: Black Womxn and Decolonisation

Nkgopoleng Moloi | Narratives of Mobility - Understanding the Movement of Womxn in and around Johannesburg

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 14.30-16.00

Panel: When Women Have Reached Their End 

Chair: Deborah Adeojo

Gcotyelwa Jimlongo | When Women Have Reached the End of Their Politics: Nakedness As Resistance

Mpho Mathebula | Nakedness as Decolonial Praxis

Rendani Molubo: | A Critical Unmasking of the Myth, ‘Umfazi Uyanyamezela Emzini,’ in Inkululeko Isentabeni: The Case of Boniswa

Sharlene Khan | In-Memorium/Memento Mori: How Narrativisation and ‘Lines of Proximity’ Shift Thinking on Gendered Violence

Saturday, 7 September 2019, 14.30-16.00

Panel: The Art of Healing 

Chair: Beverley Barry

Sekai Makoni | Misodzi – Tears: Keeping the Trauma at Bay. Southern African Healing Approaches Through Song

Kgaogelo Mashilo | Analysis of the Cow as a Metaphor in Selected Work by South African Artists: a Black Feminist Perspective

Tebogo Buntu/Margaret Chandia | Kandaka: Womanism and Sankofa Theory as a Celebration of Femininity in a Patriarchal World

Fouad Asfour | There Is No ‘Broken’ English: Memory Work, Language Biography Writing and Self-Translation as Processes of Healing