JIAS has engaged on an innovative outreach programme. One strategy has been to take advanced knowledge directly into communities through ‘pop-up seminars’. This has involved taking JIAS Fellows to communities to talk about their work.
The first ‘pop-up’ seminar took place in April 2016, when four JIAS Writing Fellows travelled to Polokwane to visit schools and hold a public seminar on Writing and Culture. Both events were very successful.
In October, participants in the JIAS Colloquium on the human brain travelled to Polokwane for a ‘pop-up’ seminar at the city’s Public Library.
On 19 February, two of the 2017 Writing Fellows – Kole Omotoso and Brooks Spector — together with Dr Beth Vale of Wits University, took part in a discussion during the ‘My Body, My Space’ Rural Arts and Culture Festival held in Emakhazeni in Mpumalanga. Photographs from this event appear below.