Kole Omotoso, one of two 2017 JIAS Writing Fellows who participated in a rural arts and culture festival held in Mpumalanga in February 2017.


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.