Highlight to be on arts, tradition and heritage on the 2022 HSRC, TUT rising students convention

DATE: 21 March 2022

Press launch

Pretoria, Friday 18 March 2022 – The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) within the Human Sciences Analysis Council (HSRC) and Tshwane College of Know-how (TUT), in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), can be internet hosting the 2022 version of the annual Africa Younger Graduates and Students (AYGS) convention from 22 to 24 March 2022.

Themed ‘Arts, Tradition and Heritage – Rethinking, Remaking and Rebuilding Africa’, this 12 months’s convention will concentrate on the efforts of the continent in the direction of selling the humanities, tradition and heritage sector to be able to construct a resilient Africa that recognises and values its culture-specific knowledges, cultural codes and ethics within the face of globalisation.

The title for the symposium builds on the theme chosen by the African Union (AU) for 2021 – ‘12 months of the Arts, Tradition and Heritage: Levers for Constructing the Africa We Need’ – which, along with the AU Roadmap for 2021, is a step taken by the continent to reconfirm Africa’s dedication to its cultures and inventive industries as important components for the continent’s emergence on the worldwide stage. 

On the convention rising students from the African continent and within the diaspora will current papers that talk to numerous points, similar to rememoration via avenue identify adjustments, rising identities in South African musical theatre, colonial city toponyms in Zambia, the legacy of African ladies actions, heritage and land tenure dynamics in Zimbabwe, designing private protecting clothes for ladies in mining, debates on public sculptures in Uganda, and lots of extra.

The convention can even embrace performances and inventive shows by rising students and artists to domesticate and promote practice-based inventive outputs as precious analysis data. These inventive shows can be carried out and skilled on the college’s distinctive Breytenbach Theatre.

The opening session of the convention can be streamed dwell on TUT’s Fb web page on 22 March 2022 from 09:00 – 11:30. It can comprise an intriguing line-up of keynote shows and performances that can be delivered by main students of their respective fields. 

They embrace TUT’s Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, who will ship the keynote handle that seeks to supply a collection of provocations on the notions of tradition and heritage, and the function that arts play of their preservation and promotion.

Dr Thokozani Mhlambi, a extremely acclaimed music practitioner and historian, will give a multi-modal presentation that features a efficiency and mental inquiry on the function craft guilds performed in Africa earlier than the colonial period. 

The AWHF’s digital session on Youth, World Heritage And Sustainability in Africa can be streamed dwell on 24 March from 13:30 -15:30 on AWHF’s Fb web page. It can carry collectively among the key companions and beneficiaries of the AWHF Youth Programme to mirror on the experiences and prospects of the youth’s engagement with arts, tradition and heritage in Africa. The session can have simultaneous interpretation in French and English.

The convention will finish with a collaborative part-paper part-performance presentation by Amogelang Maledu, alongside the celebrated DJ Hazel Mahazard who has opened a faculty to coach ladies DJs. It can discover the language and grammar of the favored musical style generally known as Amapiano.

The AYGS convention, organised yearly since its inception in 2005, goals to construct a physique of data and provides a platform to rising African voices in numerous disciplines and discourses in regards to the continent. 

The convention intends to deal with burning questions and present issues inside Africa by participating younger lecturers on the continent and within the diaspora and strengthening their capacities in analysis and data manufacturing. It targets rising students at grasp and PhD ranges. 

The convention is organised collectively by the HSRC’s AISA and TUT, in collaboration with the AWHF and the Nationwide Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.