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22 May 2017
Invitation: Arts Dean’s Distinguished Lecture & Book Launch

Dr Antje Jackelen, Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden, will explore the conditions for a meaningful dialogue between science and religion that is vital to the future of humanity.

The Faculty of Arts and the Desmond Tutu Centre for Spirituality and Society is pleased to invite you to our Annual Distinguished Dean’s Lecture.

Archbishop Dr. Antje Jackelén will deliver a lecture on Mystery and Rationality in Communion: The Necessity of Religion-and-Science Dialogue for Climate Justice.

The dialogue between science and religion is vital to the future of humanity, since it is relevant to nearly every major issue, from climate change to community health to social justice. Religions provide a cultural integrity, spiritual depth and moral force which purely secular approaches can lack. In this lecture, Her Grace Archbishop Dr. Antje Jackelén elaborates on the conditions for this dialogue, and explores how mystery and rationality in communion can provide a viable – and valuable – approach to climate justice.

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Mystery and Rationality in Communion

  • Date: Tuesday 22 May 2017

  • Time: 15h00

  • Venue: School of Public Health Venue 1A


Please consult the invitation for more information.

And please join us in the same venue after the lecture in celebrating the launch of 9 new books from our colleagues in the Faculty:

Remains of the Social: Desiring the Post-Apartheid (edited by Maurits van Bever Donker, Ross Truscott, Premesh Lalu & Gary Minkley): What does “the social” mean in the post-apartheid era? This interdisciplinary volume of essays grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994, and foregrounds the tension between the weight of lived experience that was and is apartheid, the structures that condition that experience, and a desire for a ‘postapartheid social’ (think unity through difference). The volume seeks to provide a sense of the terrain on which the post-apartheid – as a desire for a difference that is not apartheid’s difference – unfolds, falters and is worked through.

Lady Anne: A Chronicle in Verse (Antjie Krog): Lady Anne (1989) is one of Krog’s most acclaimed poetry collections, now released in English translation undertaken by the poet herself. In an attempt to make sense of her own existence, Krog compares her own life in the midst of a world of racial injustice to that of the life and times of Lady Anne Barnard, of Scottish descent, during her stay in the Cape Colony in the late eighteenth century. Gradually the two voices intertwine and merge, highlighting the complexity of marriage but ultimately also that of a colonial legacy – still relevant 28 years later.

The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories (Kobus Moolman): A volume of unconventional potency from an award-winning poet, author and playwright. Written in a range of styles, voices and genres, each of the ten stories offers original insights into the difficulties of staying afloat through tough times. Whether the challenge is being differently abled (with all the outsider isolation this brings); lower-income family life under unbending patriarchal rule; or being born a female child in an abusive, gendered culture, the narratives are convincing (often humorous) in their portrayal of trapped lives striving for transcendence.

William Kentridge: Being Led By The Nose (Jane Taylor): South African artist William Kentridge is much admired for his unconventional use of conventional media to produce stunning, evocative, and narratively powerful art — particularly in his 2010 and 2013 staging of Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera. In this book, the opera serves as a springboard into a bracing conversation about how Kentridge’s methods serve his unique mode of expression as a narrative and political artist. Taylor draws on his etchings, sculptures, and drawings to render visible the communication that occurs between his mind and hand as he thinks through the activity of making.

Kaaps in Fokus (edited by Frank Hendricks & Charlyn Dyer): “Kaaps” is ’n waardige, talig genuanseerde en steeds lewenskragtige manifestasievorm van Afrikaans waarin sowel die jaarringe van eeue gelede en die botsels van nuwe ontwikkeling na vore kom.  Hierdie is die eerste akademiese boek waarin die Afrikaanse omgangsvariëteit Kaaps deur verskillende outeurs vanuit diverse invalshoeke betrag word. Die soeklig val op onder meer die ekonomiese potensiaal van hierdie taalvorm en die benutting daarvan as onderwys- en joernalistieke medium. Hierdie werk is ’n moet vir almal met ’n verwondering oor die diversiteit van Afrikaans.

Women and Leadership in Islamic Law (David Solomon Jalajel): The evolution of Islamic Law was a complex process, shaped by numerous cultural, historical, political and social - and, importantly, scriptural - factors that have led to the traditional prohibition of women from being prayer leaders and heads of state. This book critically examines a broad survey of legal works from the four canonical Sunni schools of law to determine these factors - the first time all four schools of law have been subjected to this kind of analysis - and will therefore be a vital resource for students and scholars of Islamic Studies, Religious Studies and Gender Studies.

IiDanaso, IiDayimani ne Demokhrasi: Iimbali emfutshane yoMzantsi Afrika (Sindiwe Magona): The first isiXhosa translation of Francis Wilson’s Dinosaurs, Diamonds and Democracy: A Short History of South Africa, this book tells the story of South Africa, from the time a Table Mountain-sized asteroid the size crashed here over 2 billion years ago, shaping the Earth’s richest goldfields, to the advent of democracy in 1994, marking the dawn of the Rainbow Nation - stopping along the way to encounter some of the world’s most ancient dinosaurs, very first people, and earliest cultures. It’s a tale of hunters and gatherers, cultivators and herders, iron-workers and immigrants, and the land they managed to build together.

Unsettled History: Making South African Public Pasts (Leslie Witz, Gary Minkley and Ciraj Rassool): An examination of South African society and the construction and presentation of its public pasts, from Nelson Mandela’s release to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Witz, Minkley and Rassool take the reader to sites of historical production in which complex ideas about pasts are invoked, and navigate a path toward understanding the agencies of image-making and memory production. This volume is the outcome of intense collaborative research over twenty-five years from authors who not only witnessed many of these history-making instances...but were also participants in their constitution.

Out of History (Jung ran Forte, Leslie Witz and Paolo Israel): Bringing together exciting and innovative work in History and the Humanities, Out of History reflects on how this space fashioned new histories of the South African past over the last twenty years. Written by leading scholars in fields of visual history, public history, heritage, linguistics, oral history and postcolonial studies, the contributions address critical questions about the production of academic knowledge and the status of the Humanities in the post-apartheid present. The chapters explore the limits of historical representations, providing new paths to rethink memory, the archive, creative writing, disciplinary methodologies and the legacies of colonialism.

Wondering what makes these books so special? Why not come and hear about them from the authors themselves?