EVENTS

OCEANIC

      HUMANITIES 

             FOR THE 

      GLOBAL  SOUTH 

Charne Lavery

22.10.2020

In Episode 8 of Season 2 of the The WISER PODCAST, Charne Lavery discusses how theory from the south can be taken further south, towards the currents and creatures of the Southern Ocean.

The WISER Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Charne is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria and a Research Fellow in the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South project (www. oceanichumanities.com) based at WISER. Her work explores literary and cultural representations of the deep ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Southern Ocean and Antarctic seas, researching oceanic underworlds of the global South in a time of climate change. 

3.11.2020

Despite the recognition of human reliance on the World Ocean as a biogeophysical unit, we continue to live in a world of oceanic fragments carrying legacies of past and present imperial processes. This online conference on ‘Post-Imperial Oceans’ links questions concerning imperial processes across the oceans of the world, and the world ocean as a whole. A set of scholars think with the tensions between the surface and the submarine, through their specific concerns, about post-imperial oceanics today. 

1.10.2020

Reading for Water is the first workshop of the Hydrocolonialism project. Researchers are invited to choose a southern African novel and reread it with a focus on how water functions in the text. The resulting papers, speaking to and across one another, will be published in a special issue of the journal Interventions.

In the latest episode of The WiSER Podcast, Confidence Joseph, Ryan Poinasamy, Meghan Judge and Mapule Mohulatsi go below the water line as they describe new avenues for research in the environmental humanities and critical ocean studies. 

The WiSER Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Confidence Joseph is an African Literature doctoral candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Mapule Mohulatsi is a reader and writer from Johannesburg. She is completing a PhD in African Literature at Wits. 

Ryan Poinasamy is based in the department of African Literature at the University of Witwatersrand.

Meghan Judge is an artist and researcher working on a PhD in creative work at the Wits School of Arts.

All four are fellows of the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South programme at WiSER

ISABEL HOFMEYR: "HYDROCOLONIALISM"

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at Wits and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. Her latest book, forthcoming from Duke University Press, is Hydrocolonialism: Coast, Custom House and Dock-side reading.

In this episode, she discusses the work with Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, a post-doctoral fellow at WISER.

TIDALECTICS

PERFORMANCE BY SHANE COOPER AND THANDI NTULI

Tuesday 12 November

19.00 - 21.00

POOL, Ellis House, 23 Voorhout St, New Doornfontein 

Tidalectics is an immersive once-off performance by musicians Shane Cooper and Thandi Ntuli that will navigate the ocean's dynamic flows, currents and tides as a sound-space.

TO SEE WITH THE EARS AND SPEAK WITH THE NOSE

A READING CYCLE DEVELOPED BY SINETHEMBA TWALO AND ABRI DE SWARDT

7 November - 4 December 2019 -- Cycle # 1
 

7 November 18:30 for 19:00, POOL, Ellis House, 23 Voorhout St, New Doornfontein 

A Squeeze of the Hand (Words need Love too)
 

16 November 08:30 for 08:30, Ellis Park Public Swimming Pool, Cnr. North Lane & Erlan St, New Doornfontein

To Shore: A Choreutic Borderline
 

4 December 18:30 for 19:00, Meet at POOL, Ellis House, 23 Voorhout St, New Doornfontein 

Residence Time

Beginning from Amal Donqul’s statement that the sea like the desert does not quench thirst, READING CYCLE #1 invites participants to explore questions of entanglement, chaos, desire, contradiction within everyday life and the imminent unknown. The cycle traces the echogenic qualities of water, its reverberating hums, its fluidity and constant movement back and forth, which impel a becoming (other)wise.

Through a performativity of textual immersion in which boundaries between literary and theoretical genres become porous, and dissipate against and within each other, the cycle enunciates wetness as a conduit for the affective capacities of words. The title points to the sensorium of cetaceans, suggesting a trans-position and embalming of our own orientations to embrace hydromechanics as a gesture of (dis)solution, a streaming of bodies, and a pooling of temporalities. This use of ‘temporal’ touches upon the use of temps in French for both time and weather, heeding us that we should think of time, citing Michel Serres, as aleatory mixtures of the temperaments, of intemperate weather, of tempests and temperature which percolates rather than flows. Time is thus approached as historically thermodynamic. In aligning the sessions with the quarter moons a tidal attenuation and equilibrium is approached outside of chrononormativity. Cast beneath the waters, one crosses over into an aesthetics of drowning.

To See With The Ears and Speak With The Nose forms part of Holding Water - a programme of workshops, reading groups, film screenings and artist presentations that think the oceanic from land-locked Johannesburg, commissioned by POOL and the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South, WiSER, Wits University.


For more information please contact hello@pool.org.za

MONSOON AS METHOD

LINDSAY BREMNER

30.10.2019

In this contribution to Holding Water, Lindsay Bremner will present ongoing research by Monsoon Assemblages, the European Research Council funded research project she currently leads. She will discuss the monsoon as a global weather system and how the project has used it as a method to frame three Bay of Bengal cities – Chennai (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Yangon (Myanmar). This has mobilised the monsoon and its modalities – aerial, hydrological and geological – to generate new concepts, new drawings and new methods of urban research.

JOHANNESBURG'S OCEANS

WiSER COLLOQUIUM

Friday 25 October 2019

10.00 — 16.00

VENUE: WISER, 6TH FLOOR RICHARD WARD

BUILDING, EAST CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

10.00 — 10.15 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION — CHARNE LAVERY: CONTINENTAL TILT

 

10.15 — 11.45 SESSION 1

PAMILA GUPTA: JOBURG’S POOLS; CONFIDENCE JOSEPH: WATER SPIRITS IN WATERLESS SPACES; JONATHAN CANE: CONCRETE OCEANS

12.30 — 14.00 SESSION 2

BIANCA BALDI: PLAY-WHITE — A SUBAQUATIC TALE; ZEN MARIE: PARADISE FALLEN; MEGHAN JUDGE: TOWARDS A POETICS OF CORROSION

 

14.30 — 16.00 SESSION 3

ZAYAAN KHAN: OCEAN AS THE ORIGINAL BRINE; ABRI DE SWARDT: BECAUSE THIS RIVER NO LONGER FORKS; ANÉZIA ASSE: MESOSAURUS, A MARINE FOSSIL IN THE JOBURG ARCHIVE

Saturday 26 October 2019

13.30 — 19.00

VENUE: POOL, ELLIS HOUSE, 23 VOORHOUT STREET, NEW DOORNFONTEIN, JOHANNESBURG

 

13.30 — 14.00 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION -- MIKA CONRADIE AND AMY WATSON: OUT OF THIS WORLD, I CANNOT FALL

 

14.00 — 16.00 ZAYAAN KHAN, WORKSHOP: THINKING THE SEA AS PRACTICE

 

16.00 — 19.00 PREVIEW OF BIANCA BALDI'S VIDEO INSTALLATION ‘PLAY-WHITE’ (2019)

HOLDING WATER

with POOL

25 October - 26 November 2019

A programme of workshops, reading groups, film screenings and artist presentations that think the oceanic from land-locked Johannesburg, commissioned by POOL and the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South, WiSER and further supported by Business and Arts South Africa.

How to think the ocean from this dry city, and how to think the city oceanically? 
 

The Oceanic Humanities for the Global South WiSER and Johannesburg arts organisation POOL are collaborating on a research and exhibition project focused on the politics and poetics of oceanic flows, from the perspective of land-locked Johannesburg. POOL’s ongoing ‘Ocean Thinking’ project postulates that a large part of the political, social and economic reality of the post-colonial global South has been and continues to be produced in and through its relationship to the ocean. Oceanic Humanities aims to decolonize histories of oceanic space while providing new approaches to literary and aesthetic understandings of water. Their collaboration draws together academic, literary and cultural studies with practice-based research

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