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Radical Privacies: Sexual Lives in Recent South African Literature and Art

05 August 2010
12:00 - 14:00

Date :

05 August 2010

Time :

12:00 – 14:00

Presenters :

Prof Gabeba Baderoon


PLEASE NOTE: This seminar is postponed until further notice.


This seminar examines recent South African autobiography and photography, exploring how matters of sexuality and religion unsettle and expand questions of identity.  Visual art by Berni Searle and Zanele Muholi as well as several recently published autobiographies suggest the use of new “documentary dialects” (Desiree Lewis, UWC), to speak about ordinary lives in South Africa, a theme the writer aims to theorise in the paper.


Professor Gabeba Baderoon is a Research Fellow in the Islam, African Publics and Religious Values Project in the Centre for Contemporary Islam at the University of Cape Town. Baderoon researches representations of Islam in South Africa and with Louise Green, is co-editing a collection of fiction, essays and poetry called Writing Islam in South Africa.  Baderoon is also a poet, and the author of The Dream in the Next Body and A hundred silences

The audio presentation for the seminar is available for download

Please note that explicit images will be shown.

To reserve a seat, kindly RSVP by 2 August 2010



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