Workshops with Graham Furniss

Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 - 11:00

Wits University, WiSER, and African Studies invite you to the following workshops presented by Prof Graham Furniss, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

We invite all interested staff. Honours, Masters, and Doctoral students are most welcome.  

Drawing on literary, performed texts and taking up themes of film, radio, video and popular life and production, the themes are:

Monday, March 7, 11am to 1pm, WiSER
Session 1: Convened by Dr Polo Moji (French, Wits)
  • Traditions of song and poetry in the Hausa cultural context
  • Old wine in new bottles as Hausa adapts to new ways of telling the story
Wednesday, March 9, 11am to 1pm, WiSER
Session 2: Convened by Prof David Coplan (Anthropology, Wits)
  • The explosion of Hausa popular fiction and the move into video film
  • Hausa debates about cultural value – burn the books or let all the flowers bloom
WiSER Seminar Room
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building East Campus
Wits University 

Tea and coffee will be served at both sessions.

Professor Graham Furniss is a distinguished scholar of orality, literature and social analysis in African contexts. An authority on Hausa history and culture, and on Nigerian cultural production and political life, he has run African Studies centres and departments and conducted cross disciplinary work on curricula in commonwealth universities. He is a guest of the University and of African Studies, a leading journal based at Wits University.

RSVP: Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za