About the Colloquium
The Colloquium is a biannual public forum where a particular, relevant issue is examined and discussed. Its purpose is to give students a chance to participate in an informed, open and exploratory dialogue. By using this platform, we satisfy an increasingly urgent need to develop a critical conscience on contemporary discourses and contested issues, often with reference to the role of literature and other artistic forms in our complicated company. The opportunities also serve to celebrate that it is possible to discuss any difficult matter with informal grace, by maintaining self-respect, respect for others and a courteous, witty rhetorical style. Our invited guests hail from a broad spectrum of writers, thinkers, musicians and activists from within and outside Stellenbosch University. The format ranges from presentations to lectures to panel discussions and extensive personal interviews.
Around the corner
Afrikaans writers, Jolyn Phillips, Alettie van den Heever, Ryan Pedro
and SJ Naude discussed how they envision South(ern) Africa in 2050, presenting their critical yet playful visions in prose and poetry.
Dr Alfred Schaffer, Alettie van den Heever, Jolyn Phillips, Ryan Pedro, SJ Naude and Dr Willem Anker.
the first 50 years of this century be as dramatic and as world altering
as the first 50 of the twentieth century were? What will our world look
like politically, culturally, economically, ecologically, socially?
What languages will we use in 2050? What will the landscape look like?
In Milnerton, Mitchells Plain and Mossel Bay? What about the gap between
rich and poor? Will we have loadshedding 24/7, or will energy
generation and provision as we know it today be a relic from the past?
The Anthropocene and climate change
Build your own Department of Afrikaans
Mens dier ding. Alfred Schaffer on his poetic versatility. A conversation with Marlene van Niekerk
Johnathan Zapiro in conversation with Marlene van Niekerk
A letter to South Africa: Poets write a poem as “answer” to Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America”, but with reference to South Africa
Larkin in Afrikaans: An experiment in translation
Mystic Boere: Lyrics in Afrikaans rock music