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A Man Who is Not a Man: Youth, masculinities, culture and the humanities

14 June 2012
12:30 - 14:00

Date :14 June 2012

Time :12:30 – 14:00

n the context of Youth Month, Thando Mgqolozana, will discuss his first book A Man Who is Not A Man (UKZN Press, 2009). The book is a classic coming of age novel that recounts a young man’s traumatic journey through a botched circumcision and traditional initiation gone irrevocably awry. Three HSRC panelists will respond to the book and deal with themes of ‘Youth transitions in South Africa’ (Prof Sharlene Swartz), ‘Masculinities and culture’ (Dr Benita Moolman) and ‘The role of the humanities in shaping the social sciences’ (Dr Nadia Sanger).

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. The speaker will be located in Durban. 

Thando Mgqolozana has lived in Cape Town, the former Bantustan called Ciskei, and Durban. He is a graduate of the University of the Western Cape, a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a recipient of the Golden Key International Honour for scholastic achievement, and one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council and now holds a position at the University of KwaZulu Natal. A Man Who is Not a Man enjoyed critical success and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award His latest book Hear Me Alone (Jacana Media, 2011) is a controversial allegory of the birth of the Messiah set in an Africanized Nazareth. 

Kindly RSVP by 11 June 2012

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Vuyokazi Ngxubaza, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or, Cell: 082 0508453

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: