Photo Cred: Simbarashe Honde
The Academic Citizen team is back and refreshed from the semester break. In this episode Dr Nosipho Mngomezulu introduces new cohost, Kholeka B. Shange.
Shange is currently pursuing a PhD in History of Art. Her research is focused on visual representations of uMntwana Magogo kaDinuzulu. She is a Wits University graduate with a BA (Hons) in Dramatic Arts and a Master’s degree in Film and Television studies. Her Master’s research examined how spoken word poetry served as a vehicle through which young black male poets in Johannesburg reimagined stereotypical representations of black masculinities in mainstream cinema and popular media. As part of this degree, she produced and directed the short film “Rainbow’s Men”.
In this episode, Mngomezulu and Shange discuss various themes which they would like to probe and deliberate on this semester. Themes ranging from the role of lecturers in addressing student problems, feminism in academia, what it means to be vulnerable yet at the same time be fully present and importantly exploring alternative ways of disseminating knowledge.
In these days of social media and activism terms like being “woke’ “consciousness” are being thrown around and Mngomezulu and Shange also plan on dissecting what those terms mean amongst many other issues of concern in higher education.
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