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Decolonial Heritage Education and implications for liberation Webinar

Presented by Various speakers

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Date(s) - 17 Sep 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Decolonial heritage education, broadly conceived as occurring both inside and outside of academic institutions, carries profound implications not only for decolonizing the arts  as such, but for larger decolonial struggles. The webinar foregrounds the ideas of who we think we are (rather than how we have been framed  through the coloniser’s gaze) as the ground on which new epistemologies for a decolonised future can be articulated, tested, and remembered.

This webinar wants to explore the huge crevices that post independence states have opened up relating to the memory, history and heritage sector. It   hopes to draw on multiple frames of heritage and memory including those that are expressed through music, visual art and literature.


Danai S. Mupotsa is a Senior Lecturer in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. She specialises in gender and sexualities, black intellectual traditions and histories, intimacy and affect and feminist pedagogies. She is a member of the editorial collective of Agenda and in 2018, she published her first collection of poetry entitled feeling and ugly. Danai is a 2020 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equality.

Khwezi Gule is Chief Curator at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), where he recently curated, Ngoma: Artand Cosmology (2019/2020). Prior to this, he was Chief Curator at the Soweto Museums. Gule has written for numerous publications including Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life (2013).In 2017, Gule received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.

Ali Khangela Hlongwane has over 30 years in the heritage and museum sectors and   is currently a researcher in the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand. Current research interests include the memorialisation of forced removals, memorialisation in museums in South Africa and the challenges of notions of consensus, diversity of perspectives and the commodification of heritage and memory.

Martha Akawa Dr. is a History senior lecturer and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Namibia.  She has experience and researched widely on Namibian History. Her area of interest is the liberation struggle of Namibia, particularly the area of gender and Heritage relates issues.


Lebohang Liepollo Pheko is a Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), Lancet Commissioner on Land and Reparations and is currently working on the intersection between memory, economics and restitution. She is an African Feminist Scholar concerned with the erasure of women from many official struggle narratives.

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