Topic:  Supporting young people’s resilience to drought: An arts activist approach in South Africa – Selogadi Mampane

Date:  Friday 9 June 2017

Time:  1.00pm for 1.15pm – 3.00 pm

Venue:  E513 Checkland Building, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN1 9PH

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Summary:  This workshop will highlight theatre making methodologies in what Makgathi Mokwena and Sara Matchett have called “mapping in processes of theatre making” (2013) as research outputs and community activism. The workshop will draw on theatre processes that can be used as a reflection of data gathering to be expressed as art based outputs for further consideration and policy making. In our research project on Patterns of Resilience to Drought in Leandra, South Africa, youth co-researchers engage in various research activities with an aim of centering community experiences to drought in policy formation. This theatre workshop will focus on “the self as a starting point” (Mokwena and Matchett 2013) using mapping to explore, communicate, share and make sense of personal narratives in relation to wider issues of human security, such as drought.

Biography:  Selogadi Mampane is a performer, part-time lecturer, grass-roots arts activist and qualified artist as peacebuilder. She works as a peacebuilder alongside NGOs. Her academic focus is on performance as a tool for activism and research with a focus on hate crimes against Black lesbian women in South Africa. In our project on Patterns of Resilience to Drought she is facilitating our young South African co-researchers with lived experience of adversity to collectively develop image theatre performances from their own experiences of drought.

Selogadi Mampane arts activist by Luiz De Barros

Who might be most interested:  Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people, artists and performers.

Travel Information:  For details of where to find us please see this map (external link). The Falmer Campus is well-served by public transport (25, 25A and 25C buses, and Falmer train station).

*NOTE  Parking restrictions will be in force, with clamping and fines being issued. Demand for parking at Falmer is far in excess of the spaces available and alternative transport is strongly recommended. Please ensure that if you do need to bring your car you either have a Falmer permit or you contact Becky to pre-book a parking space well in advance. See our travel information page.

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