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Is Free Higher Education Possible in South Africa Panel Discussion                                                         Chaired by Judge Dennis Davis ‘Who is in the room?’ Activist Lindsay Maasdorp would ask this of…

Conflict Reporting with Paula Slier

After 15 years of front line reporting as the Middle East Bureau Chief at Russia Today (RT), Paula Slier has had extensive experience reporting in war zones. In this presentation Paula discusses new dangers faced by conflict journalists, the risks and unique advantages of reporting on conflict as a woman, the difficulty of validating information and…

Third World Bunfight: Twenty years of Theatre

‘How do I describe 20 years of performances in 50 minutes?’ Brett Bailey, the new Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival and Creative Director of Third World Bunfight, spent well over 50 minutes on this task on Sunday. The presentation was a dense, deep unpacking of his wide body of work that was a…

Alternative international media: Russia Today (RT)

With a large global viewership and an appeal to media consumers beyond Russia, RT Television has become a global power in online and television journalism. Karina Melikyan, RT Head of Content Distribution Services, explored the strong youth following behind RT Television and the extent of RT Television’s international journalism

Conversations on Whiteness

One of the loudest and most consistent requests from black South Africans has been for white people to take on the emotionally difficult work of educating other white South Africans about racism and whiteness Today, a room of predominantly affluent white South Africans attempted to take this challenge seriously in the What Should White People People…

Human Rights: Another look at Africa’s changing fortunes

Deprose Muchena, Regional Director of Amnesty International’s Southern Africa regional offices, spoke at length about the importance of a human rights focus in Southern Africa at the moment. Muchena spent much time exploring the misleading conflation between economic growth and prosperity in Africa. Despite consistent GDP growth, African countries are still characterised by profound inequality,…

Student voices dominate hashtag protest discussion

Bringing together people from different backgrounds to discuss the student protests and hashtag movements is never easy. Yet students are taking the lead, and taking to task problematic responses in the process. “I can tell you now, the people in #ZumaMustFall were dololo in #FeesMustFall, and the people of #RUreferencelist are far too often dololo in LGBTQ issues….

Retelling African Stories in The Keeper of the Kumm

In the face of annihilation and total erasure, when the high-water mark of an entire people is suddenly visible, what does one do? Basil Appollis sits down with Sylvia Vollenhoven to discuss her attempt to rearticulate the earliest of South African stories and, in doing so, invites us to rearticulate our own stories and identities.

Enemies and Friends: Documenting African Conflict

Standing alongside his images of child-soldiers, displaced civilians and war-torn landscapes, James Oatway explains to the small crowd gathered around him that he doesn’t consider himself a ‘war photographer.’  His exhibition entitled Enemies & Friends is divided into three segments, each one a powerful collection of Oatway’s work documenting conflict in African countries.