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The politics of poetry: Exploring the poets’ experiences of the significance of Spoken Word Poetry in Pretoria and Johannesburg

04 September 2015
11:00 - 12:30

The University of Pretoria, Department of Sociology invites you to a lecture by:

Ragi Bashonga
Human Sciences Research Council

This paper explores youth experiences of the ‘new South Africa’ by considering the Spoken Word poetry scene of Pretoria and Johannesburg as a movement that continues to demonstrate strong ties to Black Consciousness ideology. In exploring Gauteng’s Spoken Word poetry movement, I draw on my Master’s thesis that uses an ethnographic approach towards understanding the Spoken Word scene. Drawing on these findings as well as on interviews conducted with poets, I argue that Black South African youth experience discontentment with the ‘new’ South Africa.

Date:        Friday, 4th September 2015
Time:    11.00am – 12.30pm
Venue:    Seminar Room 19-14, 19th Floor, Humanities Building

Inquiries: contact Dr Sepetla Molapo
(; Tel 012 420-2960)