Session 1 | with Gabrielle Goliath & Nondumiso Msimanga
PERFORMING THE WORK OF MOURNING:
ETHICS & THE REPRESENTATION OF GENDERED/SEXUALISED VIOLENCE
The Lesser Violence Reading Group is envisioned as an open and interdisciplinary discursive space, organised by GALA (Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action) and VIAD (Visual Identities in Art and Design, UJ).
Over the course of four interactive sessions, a group of (maximum fifteen) participants will be guided through readings that cover the broad subjects of gender, sexuality, violence and visuality, with an emphasis on performance. These discussions will be located within a contemporary South African context, and in dialogue with concurrent discourses from the continent and its diaspora. Each session will be led by a different group of invited presenters from a variety of fields including, but not limited to: activism and social justice, art, performance, theatre, and journalism.
Through the Reading Group programme, GALA and VIAD hope to bring together gender activists and artists in a comfortable and intimate setting, in which conversation around these sensitive topics may be allowed to flourish. Equally, the reading sessions are an opportunity to engage with innovative texts, writers and theorists from South Africa and the continent.
‘Readings’ are not limited to academic texts, but can include films, images, music and sound, as well as newspaper and magazine articles.
Participants are welcome from any field, and from any point in their education. The sessions are intended for all who would like to further their intersectional understanding, and would like to meet with like-minded individuals.
All the best,
GALA and VIAD