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Faith and Life in Rhythm: On Hip-hop, the Arts, and Theology and Life in Rhythm: On Hip-hop, the Arts, and Theology <p>​​You are hereby invited to the annual Theological Day of the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, on <br></p><p><strong>MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2020 from </strong><strong>08:30 – 12:30</strong>. </p><p>This year's theme is 'Faith and Life in Rhythm: On Hip-hop, the Arts, and Theology', and the plenary address will be delivered by hip-hop artist, Hemelbesem. The day will also conclude with a performance by the spoken word artist, Siphokhazi Jonas. ​<br><br></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;"></span><br></strong></p><p><br></p>
Archaeometry: A chemist's view on cultural heritage A chemist's view on cultural heritage<p>Prof. Dr. Peter Vandenabeele from Ghent University will give a talk on<strong> Archaeometry: A chemist's view on Cultural Heritage.</strong><br></p><h3>​Abstract<br></h3><p>Archaeometry is the research field that bridges natural science​​s with humanities. Analytical approaches are used to examine artworks, for assisting conservation projects or for detecting frauds. It is of the utmost importance to minimise the damage, while maximising the information that is achieved. Therefore, novel analytical approaches are developed. In our research we mainly use Raman spectroscopy for this purpose: it is a molecular spectroscopic technique that – provided the laser power is kept sufficiently low – allows us to investigate artworks in a non-destructive way. Moreover, mobile instruments are developed and have proven to be very successful for the non-destructive study of the artworks. Battery packs allow us to bring the instrumentation on the field, to perform in situ examinations of, for instance antique Roman mosaics. By implementing this technology in our research, it is possible to study a broad range of works, ranging from mediaeval manuscripts to 20th century easel paintings, or from Patagonian rock art to 19th century publicity cards. In this presentation we aim to show the recent evolutions in the technology, and we will illustrate this with a broad range of applications from our daily practice.</p><h3>Short biography<br></h3><p>Peter Vandenabeele obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry in 2000, at Ghent University (Belgium), with research on the application of Raman spectroscopy and total-reflection X-ray fluorescence for the analysis of art objects. In 2007, he was appointed as professor in archaeometry at the faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the same university, where he became member of the department of Archaeology and associated member of the department of Chemistry (faculty of Sciences). His research mainly focusses on the development and optimisation of spectroscopic techniques for archaeometrical applications, with a focus on Raman spectroscopy. This includes the analysis of painted art objects as well as the development and use of mobile Raman instrumentation. He organised successful editions of international scientific conferences and authored many research papers and was guest-editor of several special issues of scientific journals. He also authored a handbook on Raman spectroscopy: Practical Raman Spectroscopy: an Introduction (J. Wiley, 2013), as well as several co-edited volumes. He teaches Natural Sciences and Archaeometry to archaeologists as well as chemists at Ghent University.<br></p>
JOB-SEARCHING: A RECRUITER’S PERSPECTIVE? A RECRUITER’S PERSPECTIVE? <p>​​<br></p><p>The Unit for Graduand Career Services, in collaboration with AVI LTD. present<span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>s</strong></span>: <strong>What NEXT?</strong></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>Jemma Bridgens and Nikita Bailey form part of AVI Ltd.'s graduate programme team. They are keen to share their experiences from a recruitment, learning, and development aspect to advising you on your journey to employment and what happens afterwards.  </em></p><p><em>AVI LIMITED is home to many of South Africa's leading and best-loved brands! Listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and centred on the FMCG market, AVI's extensive brand portfolio includes more than 50 brands.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>Our brands span a range of categories including: hot beverages, sweet and savoury biscuits and snacks, frozen convenience foods, out-of-home ranges, personal care products, cosmetics, footwear, accessories, and fashion apparel.</em></p><p><em> </em></p><p><em>With a turnover of R13.44 Billion in this last financial year, AVI's brands are a household name in South Africa and growing every day!"</em></p><p> </p><p>TIME: 1pm – 2pm </p><p> </p><p>VENUE: CGW Schumann_Anneks 2020</p><p> </p><p>Spaces are limited! Click <a href=""><span class="ms-rteForeColor-8" style="">MatiesCareers</span></a> to RSVP Now! Click on Events, Workshops then RSVP</p><p> </p><p>BE THERE! <br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/english/learning-teaching/student-affairs/cscd/PublishingImages/AVI%20Ltd.1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p><img src="/english/learning-teaching/student-affairs/cscd/PublishingImages/AVI%20Ltd%202.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
Contemporary drama at the Adam Small Theatre Complex drama at the Adam Small Theatre Complex<p>Senior students of the Stellenbosch University Drama Department will soon be presenting Bryony Lavery's<em> Frozen</em>, a stimulating and thought-provoking contemporary British drama.  Lavery is a renowned and award-winning playwright, and last year saw revivals of the play in London and other cities. </p><p><em>Frozen</em> explores the disappearance over 15 years of Rhona, a 9-year old girl, and the devastating effects of this trauma on her mother Nancy and her family. At the same time, we follow the journey of Ralph, a paedophile serial killer, who is eventually caught and convicted of Rhona's murder. The play offers a nuanced and sensitive view of both the mother's and the perpetrator's perspective. A third character, Agnetha, is an American psychiatrist and academic who specializes in researching the backgrounds of violent, serial murderers. She is asked to conduct psychological examinations on Ralph. Her evaluation of him reveals that he suffered severe physical and emotional abuse as a very young child, with far-reaching damage as a result. </p><p>The play is staged in an intimate setting in a non-traditional way and explores how these three characters' lives intersect. Also present is a mysterious guard(ian), a fourth character, who guides us to consider the role of justice in our society. Uncomfortable questions are raised, such as who is to blame for violent, criminal behaviour of this kind? Is it possible in our society, where there are ever-increasing levels of abuse and murder of children, to forgive a person such as Ralph? Are we not all to blame to some extent if we cannot ensure that our children are raised safely and with love?</p><p>The production is directed by Sukki Hofmeyr and runs on 3,4 and 6,7,9,10,11 May 2019 at 20.00 in the Lab Studio, in the Adam Small Theatre Complex (formerly HB Thom). </p><p>Tickets can be bought online from <em>Quicket</em> or at the door. Please note that seating is limited. R70 for the public and R60 for students. There is a 14 age restriction for this production. Contact Mareli Pretorius for further enquiries: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.</p>
Fresh from the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival from the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival<p>​The Drama Department, in collaboration with Kunste Onbeperk and supported by Nati, will present a colourful production of Jakkals and Wolf stories from 4-11 May 2019 in the Adam Small Theatre Complex. Tickets are available through This production also played at KKNK and was nominated for three Kanna Awards. Devonecia Swartz, in the role of Jakkals, won the award for upcoming artist. Jakkals and Wolf Onbeperk is directed by Amelda Brand, script by Malan Steyn, music and lyrics by Frazer Barry and choreography by Estelle Olivier.</p>
The Political Vitality and Vital Politics of Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism Political Vitality and Vital Politics of Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism<p>​​Mara Viveros Vigoya is a Professor at the School of Gender Studies and the Department of Anthropology at the National University of Colombia.<br></p><div><br> </div><div>She received her PhD in Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and became a translator into Spanish of many of Aimé Césaire’s political writings.</div><div><br> </div><div>A scholar-activist in the Colombian feminist movement, she has published extensively in scholarly journals and co-authored books on issues related to the relationship between social differences and inequalities, intersections of gender, sexuality, class, race and ethnicity in the social dynamics of Latin American societies. Her latest book on these themes is <em>Les Couleurs de la Masculinité: Expériences intersectionnelles et pratiques de pouvoir en Amérique du Sud</em>.</div><div><br> </div><div>In the upcoming lecture, she will discuss the relevance of Cesaire’s work in today’s world, and look at how current decolonial and feminist thought can build on and expand Cesaire’s ideas.<br></div>
Art Exhibition - Forward? Forward! Forward ... Exhibition - Forward? Forward! Forward ...<p>The Stellenbosch University museum invites you to the opening of a group art exhibition addressing the future of Stellenbosch University and higher education in Africa.<br></p><p>“Forward? Forward! Forward..." is the result of an open call to artists earlier to propose artworks addressing the future of higher education, locally and in Africa, and re-imagining the future of Stellenbosch University.<br></p><p>The exhibition will open on the 5th December 2018 at the Stellenbosch University museum , 52 Ryneveld street, Stellenbosch.</p><p>Artists taking part include Zyma Amien, Willem Boshoff, Chris Soal, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Liza Grobler, Lhola Amira, Johann Louw, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Tangeni Kambudu, Emma Willemse, Willie Bester, Gordon Froud, Stephané E. Conradie, Victor Mofukeng, Dan Halter, Ingrid Bolton, Conrad Botes, Sharlé Matthews, Heleen de Haas and Ley Mboramwe Makalele collaboration, Claudette Schreuders, Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, Hannalie Taute, Strijdom van der Merwe, Ashley Walters, Sinalithemba Ntuli, Tamlin Blake, Ilené Bothma, Lhola Amira , Norman O`Flynn, Jaco Sieberhagen, Lunga Kama, Pierre le Riche, Ydi Coetsee, Spier Arts Academy and Marlise Keith collaboration, Anya Ramparsad , Thabo Motseki, Heidi Fourie and Jessica Storm Kapp.</p><p>Artists interpreted the theme to address such issues as identity and cultural perspectives, mentorship, literacy, fields of knowledge, human-to-human connectivity, language, campus power structures and social systems.<br></p><p>​Creative expressions include installations, painting, collage, drawing, photography, video, short film, animation, print media, sculpture and performance art.</p><p><br></p><p>The exhibition forms part of the Stellenbosch University centenary programme and more than sixty established and emerging artists are participating.<br></p><p>“Forward? Forward! Forward..." will continue until 30 April 2019</p><p>For more information contact: Ulrich Wolff (021 808 3029) or Elizabeth Miller-Vermeulen (083 700 9669)  </p><p>​ </p><p><br></p>
Monteverdi’s Vespers’s Vespers<p> <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On 1 and 2 September, Schola Cantorum in collaboration with the Chamber Choir Lucente (Munich/Germany) and the SU Camerata on period instruments conducted by Martin Berger, bring Claudio Monteverdi's <em>Vespers</em> to the Endler Hall.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This glorious Venetian masterpiece that bridged Renaissance and Baroque styles, is considered the grandest piece of religious music before Bach. Monteverdi can be thought of as a revolutionary, living at the end of one style period, and almost singlehandedly forging a new one through sheer force of will. He used the tools of the Renaissance, but created a new and intensely emotional form of expression, which we call Baroque.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The <em>Vespers</em> (“evening prayers") is a 90-minute piece for orchestra, chamber choir and vocal soloists, composed around Biblical texts — primarily the sensual love poetry from the <em>Songs of Solomon</em>. For these performances, solists include local and international singers: Caroline Nkwe, Lente Louw, Ulrike Malotta, Georg Poplutz, Christian Rathgeber and Felix Rathgeber.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">These concerts are presented with the kind support of the GOETHE Institute, ProCoroAfrika Foundation, and ASK Afrika.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The performances takes place on Saturday 1 September at 8pm and on Sunday 2 September at 4:30pm in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tickets for R140 (regular) and R100 (students and pensioners) are available now through Computicket and at the door. For more information contact Fiona Grayer at <a href=""></a> or 021 808 2358.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p><br></p>
Mathematical structures and art: the case of MC Escher structures and art: the case of MC Escher<p>​The Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is famous for his images of impossible worlds and art based on repeating shapes. Although he claimed little formal understanding of Mathematics, his art is based on deep underlying mathematical ideas and structures which he grasped intuitively.<br></p><p>In this Science Café Stellenbosch talk, Florian Breuer will explain some of these surprising mathematical ideas which can be understood and appreciated by non-specialists.</p><h3>More about the speaker</h3><p><a href="">Prof Florian Breuer</a> is a mathematician in SU's Department of Mathematical Sciences. He works in Number Theory, more specifically Arithmetic Geometry where he focuses on Elliptic curves, Drinfeld modules, Drinfeld modular forms and related topics.  In his free time he is also an avid photographer.<br></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote"> </span><a href=""><span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote">Science Café Stellenbosch</span></a><span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote"> is an initiative of SU’s Faculty of Science to promote the public discussion of science matters in a language that everyone can understand. Entrance is free but space is limited, so please make sure​​​</span><span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote">​</span><span class="ms-rteStyle-Quote"> you get there early.​</span><br></p>