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Registrations Now Open for The Colonial Wound and the Practice of Repair Colloquium
Start: 14/11/2023, 09:00
End: 16/11/2023, 16:00
Contact:Veeran Naicker - 0218084047
Location: SU MUseum
​Registrations Now Open for The Colonial Wound and the Practice of Repair Colloquium


AVReQ in partnership with the NIHSS (National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences) and the Stellenbosch University Museum are thrilled to announce that registrations are open for the Colonial Wound and the Practice of Repair Colloquium, happening from 14th to 16th November 2023. This is your opportunity to engage in transformative discussions and connect with thought leaders in the field.


Register HERE.


Keynote Speakers:

We are honoured to announce not one, but tree distinguished keynote speakers for this event. Alongside Professor Achille Mbembe, we are honoured to have Professor Pumla Gqola and Dr Thando Njovane join us as a keynote speaker.


Professor Pumla Gqola is a renowned scholar in Literary and Cultural Studies, holding the prestigious DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imagination at Nelson Mandela University. She has authored groundbreaking studies on slave memory in South Africa, such as "What is Slavery To Me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa," and has tackled the critical issue of rape culture with works like "Female Fear Factory: Gender and Patriarchy under Racial Capitalism" and "Rape: A South African Nightmare," which received the 2016 Alan Paton Award. Her extensive body of work spans a wide range of topics, including slave memory, Black Consciousness, African and postcolonial feminisms, African and Caribbean writers, South African visual and musical artists, and post-apartheid public culture. Prof Gqola's contributions have significantly enriched the discourse on these subjects, making her a vital voice in contemporary academia. Her insights have played a crucial role in understanding the intersection of history, gender, and culture in South Africa and beyond.


Professor Achille Mbembe, a renowned figure in the world of critical theory. Prof Mbembe holds the position of Research Professor in History and Politics at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) and serves as the Director of the Innovation Foundation for Democracy. With a remarkable career, Prof Mbembe has received honorary doctorates from prestigious institutions such as the University of Paris VIII (France), Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and the University of Bergen (Norway). His influence extends globally as he has held the Albert the Great Chair at the University of Koln and was an Honorary Professor at the Jakob Fugger-Zentrum, University of Augsburg (Germany). His accolades include the 2015 Geswichter Scholl-Preis, the 2018 Gerda Henkel Award, and the 2018 Ernst Bloch Award. Prof Mbembe's prolific work has contributed significantly to contemporary politics and philosophy. His books, including "On the Postcolony," "Critique of Black Reason," "Necropolitics," and "Out of the Dark Night: Essays on Decolonization," have been influential in reshaping our understanding of critical theory. His latest work, "La communauté terrestre," published in 2023, promises to continue this legacy.


Dr Thando Njovane is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literary Studies in English at Rhodes University, where she is an Andrew Mellon early career scholar. Dr. Njovane's work is deeply rooted in the fields of memory, contested past, trauma theory, childhood studies, psychoanalysis, political philosophy, critical race theory, feminisms, and higher education. Her current research focus centers on her forthcoming monograph titled “Trauma and Childhood in Contemporary African Fiction", demonstrating her commitment to exploring pressing issues related to African literature, trauma, and childhood experiences.


This is a unique opportunity to engage with not one, but two exceptional keynote speakers, Prof Achille Mbembe, Prof Pumla Gqola and Dr Njovane, along with a diverse community of emerging researchers, scholars, and activists. Together, we will explore critical topics like rebuilding postcolonial subjectivity, examining various forms of colonial violence, and conceptualizing repair as a psychological, political, or ethical practice.


Key themes of the Colloquium

At the Colloquium, we will be delving into these vital themes:


  • Rebuilding Postcolonial Subjectivity: Explore the intricacies of identity and community in a postcolonial world.
  • Examining Forms of Colonial Violence: Critically analyze various dimensions of colonial violence, including legal, political, psychological, epistemic, and institutional.
  • Histories of Healing Movements: Study the historical and contemporary movements dedicated to reconstructing and healing the wounds of the colonial past.
  • Understanding the Colonial Wound: Dive deep into theoretical explorations of the colonial wound, encompassing trauma, alienation, social death, and the processes of racialization and sexualization.
  • Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class: Explore how the legacies of race, gender, and class intersect and contribute to our understanding of colonial wounds.
  • Repair as a Practice: Investigate the role of repair as a psychological, political, and ethical practice in postcolonial societies.
  • Arts as Catalysts: Discover how visual, performance, and literary arts contribute to practices of repair in post-apartheid South Africa and other postcolonial contexts.

Register now and mark your calendar for 14-16 November 2023. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a profound dialogue that can reshape our understanding of the colonial past and its implications for the present and future.

Spread the word and invite your colleagues and peers to join this transformative conversation. Together, we can explore the wounds of the past and collectively work toward a more just and equitable future.

Read more HERE.​