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2015 Mail and Guardian Literary Festival Highlights

The 2015 Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 1-2 August, 2015

The Mail and Guardian Literary Festival is one of the most important parts of our programme. Hosting a series of hot debates, and sparking readers and writers to think differently, the events on offer are sure to enhance your reading experiences. Some highlights include:

Meaning in LifeThe Arrogance of PowerOn the PostcolonyEducation, Economy and Society

Goodbye to all that: Decolonising culture and institutions
Saturday, August 1, Anglo Auditorium, 9.30am – 11am

After Thando Mgqolozana’s challenge to the literary community, decolonization of texts has been hot on the South African agenda, and we’d like to take the conversation further. Join Thaddeus Metz, Xolela Mangcu, Achille Mbembe and Leigh-Ann Naidoo, in a discussion chaired by Salim Vally, to unpack the issues around decolonization, and to help imagine what a decolonized literary landscape would look like.

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A Flawed FreedomRace, Class and PowerThe Limits of Democratic Governance in South AfricaWhat Will People SaySouth Africa's Suspended Revolution

South Africa at a fork in the road
Saturday, August 1, Anglo Auditorium, 1.30pm – 3pm

There’s no doubt that South Africa is going through transitions, in many social, political and economic spheres. Whenever answers and solutions arise, so too do more questions. We’ve got some sharp minds on the issue. Join the conversation in a discussion with John Saul, Steven Friedman, Louis Picard and Rehana Rossouw. The discussion will be chaired by veteran analyst and Wits Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib.

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The Origins of Non-racialismThe Joburg Book

Future Perfect: Transforming Joburg from apartheid city to a city for all
Saturday, August 1, Gordimer Room, 3.30pm – 5pm

Chaired by Rashid Seedat, head of the Gauteng planning division in provincial government, the panel sees Wits academics David Everatt and Zeblon Vilakazi in conversation with Zayd Ebrahim of the City of Johannesburg and Nechama Brodie, whose books on Johannesburg have made her one of its best but unblinkered advocates (via M&G Online).


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