Indexing Transformation: 17th of October

Please join us next Thursday for a memorial seminar in honour of Gugulethu Siziba for which Jeremy Jones, Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at College of the Holy Cross in the United States of America, will be presenting a seminar titled

 

IN LIEU OF CHIRUNGU:
MIMICRY, SYMBOLIC POWER, AND FIGURES OF ALTERITY IN ZIMBABWE

 

Abstract:

Using Gugulethu Siziba’s examination of “cross-identification”, language use, & bodily comportment among Zimbabwean migrants in Johannesburg as an inspiration and guide, the presentation revisits the thorny subjects of imitation & alterity, as they figure in Shona discourse inside Zimbabwe. Of central concern is the category of “Chirungu” – which can refer to the English language, to whiteness, to western habits, or to “modern times”. The presentation explores when and how the concept of Chirungu is invoked (or evoked), and to what effect; as well as links between Chirungu and other figures of alterity, like class, gender, and generational identity.

 

Date: Thursday 17th October

Time: 1pm – 2pm (Questions and answers until about 2.30pm)

Venue: Room 401

Address: 4th floor of the Arts and Social Sciences Building, on the corner of Merriman Avenue & Ryneveld Street.

 

Most seminars are made available for public viewing after the event on the Indexing Transformation YouTube channel.

 

Seminar information is also available on Twitter via @SocAnthSun.