Sat 29 Sep 2018

Collective Amnesia – a conversation with Koleka Putuma

Studion, The Museum of World Culture


Elisabeth HjorthKoleka Putuma

Koleka Putuma is considered one of South Africa’s most influential young performance poets, and was recently named one of Forbes Africa’s ”30 Under 30”. Her first collection of poetry, Collective Amnesia, was published in 2017 to great acclaim in her home country. Here she and Elisabeth Hjorth will engage in a dialogue around love, desire, memory and forgetting, as well as the legacy of apartheid and the decolonial struggle for freedom.

Koleka Putuma is a performance poet based in Cape Town.

Elisabeth Hjorth is a senior lecturer in literary composition at Akademin Valand, as well as a poet and novelist.

Time: September 29, 15.00-15.45
Place: Studion, The Museum of World Culture

In collaboration with Göteborgs Litteraturhus and Scener & Samtal.
For information see here: http://goteborgslitteraturhus.se/event/scener-samtal-2018/

This dialogue was followed by a conversation between Koleka Putuma and Kayo Chingonyi, moderated by Jyoti Mistry, at the Göteborg International Book Fair on September 30, 13.45-14.45.
Organized in collaboration between PARSE and Rámus Förlag.


Elisabeth Hjorth

Elisabeth Hjorth defended her dissertation in Ethics at Uppsala University in 2015. Her postdoc project was financed by the Swedish Research Council and revolves around female autobiography, violence and shame in relation to writing, in conversation with Adriana Cavarero, Chris Krauss, Simone Weil, Marina Abramovic and others. In 2020 SRC granted her funding for the project “Autistic writing: reclaiming, reloading another mother tongue” together with Professor Jonna Bornemark and Associate Professor Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist.


Koleka Putuma

Koleka Putuma is an award-winning poet, playwright and theatre director, living and working in South Africa. Her bestselling debut collection of poems Collective Amnesia (2017) is in its 9th print run, and has been translated into several languages. Her theatre works include UHM (2014), Woza Sarafina (2016), and Mbuzeni(2017/8), and No Easter Sunday for Queers (2020).


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