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The Role of Women in South African Arts and Society

12-12-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30

Over the last few decades the world has been watching the processes of transformation in South

Africa, starting from massive resistance to apartheid, the release of Nelson Mandela, the Truth and

Reconciliation process, and most recently, broadly mediatised student protests. Whatever angle

taken by the media, however, mainstream reports and commentary seldom include insights into the

experiences of women and gender-specific issues. In the meantime, women’s activism, often

engaging artistic forms, has played a crucial role in South Africa’s recent historical process. This

lecture will zoom into several of such interventions since the 1980s, through the lens of literature, art

and cultural work.


Dr. Ksenia Robbe is a lecturer in African and Comparative Literature at the Leiden University Centre

for the Arts in Society. Her current project engages practices of counter-memory of transition in post-

apartheid South Africa and post-Soviet Russia. Her recent book, Conversations of Motherhood: South

African Women’s Writing Across Traditions, offers a series of comparative readings of literary works

by women writers working in different languages and traditions, thus providing a new transcultural

approach to South African literature.


20:00 - 21:30


Dispuut Boef


Café/Club KIWI
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, 9711PC Netherlands
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