Building Democracy Through Theatre Celebration Event
Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Building Democracy Through Theatre Celebration Event

This special event hosted by NTNU and Drama for Life is to celebrate and share the work of The Building Democracy through theatre project – a unique and groundbreaking collaboration between NTNU’s drama and theatre group and Drama for Life based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The evening will show case the innovative work of Norwegian and South African theatre practitioners. A short performance by South African Master’s exchange students will take place followed by a panel discussion highlighting the challenges and importance of working with drama and theatre that addresses questions of democracy in South Africa and Norway. The cover charge for this event (50kr) is to raise funds for the Masters students to support their three-month stay in Norway.

19:30-20 – Welcome. Introducing ‘Building Democracy through Theatre’ a NTNU and Drama for Life, Wits collaboration. (Vigdis Aune-NTNU & Petro Van Vuuren –Drama for Life, Wits)

20:00-20:20 Performance (Paul Maja, Tshepang Moticoe and Bongani Ngomane)

20.30-22:00 – Panel Discussion: “Building democracy through theatre? The value of theatre in current democracies’

Panelists: Nondumiso Msimanga (South Africa), Berit Rusten (Norway), Katja Lindeberg (Norway), Paul Maja (South Africa). Moderator: Bjørn Rasmussen (NTNU)

Photo credits: Drama For Life, Johannesburg

 

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Virtual Space and the PhD Experience- building a community of practice across Africa
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Virtual Space and the PhD Experience- building a community of practice across Africa

At Drama for Life, Wits University, PhD students are scattered across the African continent only to travel through virtual space to engage with fellow researchers. This is because many students research is conducted, and will be applied, in their country of origin and not in the country where they are registered.  If we argue that human learning is inherently social in nature, how does one facilitate a learning community of researchers when power outages, expensive data and unstable internet connections make even online engagement difficult? Hear about the prize-winning PhD designed by Dr Petro Janse Van Vuuren programme that was the response to these challenges.

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Jun
12
to Jun 13

Project Seminar

The purpose of this seminar is to present texts for discussion and to strengthen the understanding of the project's chosen framework; a critical look at (post) democracy, and to process and delineate the possible application of theory in specific sub-projects.

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