Conference to shift human perceptions

Originally published: April 8, 2015 by  on Wits Vuvuzela

Combining creativity and academia, the International Doing Human Conference hopes to “transform people’s thinking”.

Graphic: Provided by Wicds
Graphic: Provided by Wicds

A novel conference that aims to interrogate the idea of the human, will bring together academics and creatives at Wits University next week

The Doing Human conference takes place from April 14-16 with prominent speakers including Professors Ranabir Samaddar, Achille Mbembe, Xoliswa Sithole and T. O Molefe among others.

Prinola Govinden from WICDs (Wits Centre for Diversity (WICDs)), the hosts of the conference, said it was conceptualised by looking at creatives and the work they do in relation to humans. As such, the conference includes writers, artists, filmmakers, and intellectuals.

Haley McEwan, a researcher at WICDs said, “The motivation behind the event would be to foreground the politically contested nature of the category of the human”.

She also said the idea of the human is used in a common sense way but there is not enough critical debate and discussion surrounding the subject of human.

Although the 3 day conference will host keynote academics including Wits VC (Vice Chancellor) Prof Adam Habib,  the interdisciplinary nature of the event encourages people of all different backgrounds to come and participate.

The event on April 14th is open to the public at the Wits Theatre.

For more information visit Doing Human Conference.

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