Taking a closer look at race and identity

2018-11-06 06:01

The Cornerstone Institute invites members of the public to be part of an initiative titled Reclaiming Agency at the organisation’s campus in Salt River this
weekend.

According to a statement, Reclaiming Agency 2018 is an initiative of the Cornerstone Institute in partnership with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), District Six Museum, Guga Sthebe Arts and Culture Centre, Community Chest, and Catholic Welfare and Development Athlone Cultural Hub.

“Reclaiming Agency 2018 is a deep reflection of who we are as people, the journey we’ve travelled and the need to reclaim lost agency.

“We need to reinvest in agency as we seem to have divested, making the championing of causes someone else’s responsibility. How do we begin to reclaim lost spaces so that we can collectively create the world we want to be in?” explains Noel Daniels, the Cornerstone Institute’s CEO.

“We will bring together community-based organisations and individuals, NGOs, higher education institutions, artists, poets, researchers, authors and social activists under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Agency’.

“This is an opportunity to reflect on various sub-themes pertaining to the perceived and real loss of advocacy we have experienced in recent times.

“The focus will be on how activists, artists, students, researchers and writers – advocates of social justice and human dignity – deal with crucial issues such as identity, the role of NGOs and the importance of documenting and sharing our stories.

“That is the key question that will be addressed in these reflections. We will focus on contemporary writings that reflect these themes through conversations, panel discussions, roundtables, talks, lectures, workshops, poetry readings and discussions.”

Dr Allan Boesak, Mazibuko Jara, Gertrude Fester, Solly Moeng, Patric Tariq Mellet, Tony Ehrenreich, Rudi Buys, Stan Henkeman, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Zenzile Khoisan, Gail van Breda, Diana Ferrus, Jean Nangwala, Lorenzo Davids, Fatima Swartz, Farrell Hunter, Sarah Henkeman, Ruben Richards and Lucy Campbell will be part of the series.

According to the institute, the Reclaiming Agency series of events also mark the end of another successful year at the Cornerstone Institute, before the organisation moves its campusto the Cape Town CBD in January next year.

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