Theme: Black Power Pan Africanism & Decoloniality: Communities of Knowledge and Praxis in occupied Azania
The BlackHouse Kollective (BHK), is a Soweto-based registered Black Consciousness Pan-Afrikanist community organisation, inviting you to the inaugural Black Power Pan Africanism and Decoloniality Winter School. The Winter School will be held at the Funda Community College in Diepkloof, Soweto, between 27 and 30 July 2023. In keeping with the theme: Black Power Pan Africanism & Decoloniality: Communities of Knowledge and Praxis in occupied Azania, this Winter School represents a collaborative effort between community-driven organizations and universi-ties. We are dedicating the Winter School to the memory of The Mother of Azania, Zondeni Sobukwe, born on 27 July 1927.
Inspired by the Black Consciousness and Pan Afrikanist philosophies, our mission is to revive and promote the Black radical scholarly tradition to liberate ourselves from Eurocentric epistemologies and colonial pedagogies that are currently promoted in South African schools, universities, and society. Through community activities, BHK seeks to quench the more than 400-year-old thirst for Black liberation while redressing the anti-blackness that has plagued the Black community throughout history.
The BHK Winter School is an opportunity for all members of the community to learn and teach ideas relevant to the progress and wellness of people in our communities. It aims to bring to-gether artists, activists, students, local and international decolonial scholar-activists, and community practitioners in a process of deep community exchange with a focus on praxis as solidarity. There will be an art exhibition, documentary screenings, panel discussions, a book launch, and a children’s play school during this four-day event.
DAY ONE: THE MOTHER OF AZANIA TRIBUTE: The Winter School programme will begin on Thursday 27 July, with a Tribute Lecture presented by the young sistars of BlackHouse Kollective to commemorate Mama Zondeni Sobukwe’s 96th anniversary. In honouring the Mother of Azania-a portrait of service, suffering, and sacrifice- we are weaving together the names of Azanian women freedom fighters whose memories have been ignored for too long in dominant historical narratives.
DAY TWO: BOOK LAUNCH: On Friday, the program opens with a book launch of Professor Hugo KaCanham’s momentous ‘Riotous Deathscapes’. As part of this day of discourse, we will explore the ever-perplexing puzzles of land dispossession, spirituality, and African cosmology and ethics, as well as the need for the black world to envisage, imagine, and actualize a solidarity economy based on the maxim, “feta kgomo thswara motho”.
DAY THREE: FUNDA CENTER TRIBUTE: We will hold a full day program on Saturday from 10am to 8pm dedicated to observing and celebrating Funda Community College as a vibrant and decolonial center of knowledge and learning in Soweto. This program contributes meaningfully to black people’s liberation struggle and sharpens cultural production and practice in Soweto and beyond.
DAY FOUR: DINISO KASI ARTS TOUR: The final program will take place on Sunday 30 July in Sharpeville to celebrate Art veteran Ntate Gamakhulu Daniso at the Daniso Arts Complex to seal the history of cultural practices and productions throughout the years. We will also be treated to a theatre production and a conversation at the Complex.
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Below is the BHK Inaugural Decoloniality Winter School Programme 2023:BHK_Inaugural_Decoloniality_Winter_School_Programme_2023