Writing South Africa Now: A Colloquium. University of Cambridge, 2 July.

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Writing South Africa Now: A Colloquium, July 2nd, 2013
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

Confirmed Plenary speaker: Dr Nadia Davids (Queen Mary, University of London)
‘Writing and Performing South Africa’s Past in the Present: an Exploration of How Theatre Intervenes to Stage and Imagine History’

*Writing South Africa Now* is a new collective of research students and scholars based in the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge. It is committed to the literary critical study of South Africa in the broadest of terms, with interests ranging widely from the contemporary novel, the short story, and creative non-fiction, through to oral history narratives, testimonial theatre, and documentary film. Motivated by an ambition to make new critical voices from within the UK heard, *Writing South Africa Now* is delighted to invite you to its inaugural colloquium to be held in Cambridge on Tuesday, July 2nd 2013.

The convenors have selected proposals that focus on the work of writers and creative practitioners seen to have emerged in the decades since the nation’s first democratic elections, as well as those that attempt to draw into focus work from the more distant past that has been neglected or occluded from critical scrutiny. South Africa’s literary terrain, as the recent *Cambridge History of South African Literature* attests, continues to yield a rich crop of literary work from a diverse range of linguistic, ethnic, geographic, economic, and even national backgrounds that continue to exceed and overflow the bounds of our former knowledge. *Writing South Africa Now *intends this colloquium to be a space in which emerging scholars can present and debate this new material. It hopes this may forge new critical directions for the field and construct significant individual and institutional scholarly links to the profit of future research.

There is no cost for attendance and *Writing South Africa Now* warmly welcomes all those interested by the ambitions of the colloquium to attend as a generous provision of time has been allocated for discussion. We kindly request you to confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

Details of the event and the timetable for the day are available through Writing South Africa Now‘s webpage:

Any questions or queries, please contact the convenors:

Our thanks to Mikhael Subotzky for the use of his photograph, ‘*Gate, Illovo, Johannesburg, 2008′ *from *’Security’ *by Mikhael Subotzky courtesy Goodman Gallery and Magnum Photos.
For more of his work, see http://www.subotzkystudio.com/

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