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43 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
#10 Chiminae Ball
MA in International Dramaturgy student, Chiminae Ball, researches the rehabilitative effects of testimonial theatre on Pollsmoor parolees. In gathering research Chiminae produced a play with parolees which was performed at the Artscape in September 2017. A key theme of this play is the ‘long walk’ that parolees need to take in order to integrate back into society. Shownotes:Review us on iTunesContact The Foremost Authority at: email@example.comIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefChanting sample by Falsalama and replicated under ‘Sampling Plus 1.0’ Creative Commons licensing specifications. This sample can be found on Freesound.org here.Help! I Am Free Facebook pageGroungUp coverage of the playSelected references on:Efficacy of theatre in causing changeBalfour, M. 2009. The politics of intention: looking for a theatre of little changes. RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 14(3), (online). [Available to read here: https://research-repository.griffith.edu.au/bitstream/handle/10072/30346/57741_1.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y].Applied Theatre in South AfricaBaxter, V. 2009. Why do you bring us playing when we have serious problems?": theatre aesthetics and education in South Africa. Doctoral dissertation for the University of Southampton, (online). [Available to read here after creating a free online account: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.515678]Theatre in prison environments John, C.H. 2008. Workshopped plays in a South African correction centre: negotiating social relations through theatre. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Durban: University of KwaZulu-Natal, (online). [Available to download here: http://researchspace.ukzn.ac.za/handle/10413/1995]. Moller, L. 2003. A day in the life of a prison theatre program. TDR/The Drama Review, 47(1), (online). [Available to read here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lorraine_Moller/publication/278218732_A_day_in_the_life_of_a_prison_theatre_program_vol_47_pg_49_2003/links/57d0351c08ae5f03b48908da/A-day-in-the-life-of-a-prison-theatre-program-vol-47-pg-49-2003.pdf].
40 minutes | Oct 12, 2017
#9 Ben Vigne
MA in history student Ben Vigne uses water as a focal point to explore the history of Ovamboland and its people from 1915-1968. Key to this is Ben’s deeply philosophical approach to history which includes a study of how material and seemingly mundane things in the world are agents of historical change. Shownotes:Review us on iTunesContact The Foremost Authority at: firstname.lastname@example.orgIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefBruno Latour (philosopher)Jane Bennett (political theorist)Patricia Hayes (historian)Emmanuel Krieke (historian)Actor-Network-TheoryImages of the Namibian National Archives in WindhoekSelected references on:History of Ovamboland & Water Hayes, P. 1998. The 'Famine of the Dams': Gender, Labour and Politics in Colonial Ovamboland, 1929-1930. In Hayes, P., Silvester, J., Wallace, M. & Hartmann, W. (Eds.) Namibia Under South African Rule: Mobility and Containment 1915-1946. Oxford/Windhoek/Athens: J. Currey/Out of Africa/Ohio Univ. Press.Actor-Network-TheoryLatour, B. 1996. On actor-network theory: A few clarifications. Soziale welt, (online). [Available to read here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/40878163.pdf?refreqid=excelsior:9ebc1ebb8f40628f74bbcf140cd20bc8]. Water & MaterialityStrang, V. 2014. Fluid consistencies. Material relationality in human engagements with water. Archaeological dialogues, 21(2), (online). [Available to read here: http://dro.dur.ac.uk/19432/1/19432.pdf].Agency, Actants & Materiality Bennett, J. 2009. Preface and Chapter 1: Political Agencies from Vibrant matter: A political ecology of things. Duke University Press, (online). [Available to read here: http://www.open.ac.uk/ccig/sites/www.open.ac.uk.ccig/files/Chapter%207%20'Political%20Ecologies'%20Vibrant%20Matter%20(Jane%20Bennett).pdf].Vandenberghe, F. 2002. Reconstructing humants: a humanist critique of actant-network theory. Theory, Culture & Society, 19(5-6), (online). [Available to read here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/5197106/Humants-TCS.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A&Expires=1507832395&Signature=2NXywFfF7f4jSGMBKFaRG83VDvM%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DReconstructing_humants_a_humanist_criti.pdf].
39 minutes | Sep 28, 2017
#8 Jolyn Phillips
Mandela-Rhodes scholar Jolyn Phillips waxes lyrical about her published creative writing thesis entitled Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories. In it Jolyn allows her characters to live in a parallel South Africa. One less fragmented along linguistic lines. We then talk about her new work which explores Afrikaner epic poetry.Shownotes:Review us on iTunesContact The Foremost Authority at: email@example.comIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefFred Khumalo’s new book, Dancing the Death DrillJolyn’s works:Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories. 2016. Cape Town: Modjaji BooksRadBraak. 2017. Cape Town: Human & RousseauSelected references on:Marginal/subaltern ‘voices’Spivak, G.C. 1998. Can the Subaltern Speak? In Nelson, C. & Grossberg, L. (Eds.) Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture, (online). [Available to read here: http://abahlali.org/files/Can_the_subaltern_speak.pdf].Views of the S.A literary canonNdebele, N.S. 1991. Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.The African epicOkpewho, I., 2003. The Art of the Ozidi saga. Research in African literatures, 34(3), (online). [Available to read here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/44725/pdf].Okpewho, I., 2009. Rethinking Epic. Storytelling, Self, Society, 5(3).Memorialisation, nationhood & collective space Adam, Heribert and Adam, Kanya (2000). “The Politics of Memory in Divided Societies,” in Wilmot James and Linda van de Vijver (eds), After the TRC: Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa. Cape Town: David Philip.
33 minutes | Sep 19, 2017
#7 Simeme Mthembu
Simeme Mthembu takes us through their work-in-progress Economic Honours thesis which focuses on the transgenerational transmission of depression among black South African women. Simeme reveals how depression can prevent women from accessing the economy and lifting themselves out of cycles of poverty. This research also aims to reveal how the nuanced blend of nature and nurture results in mental duress being transferred from one generation to the next. Shownotes:Review us on iTunesContact The Foremost Authority at: firstname.lastname@example.orgIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefStatistics South Africa census data (summary of S.A demographic distribution available on page 23)A brief history of migrant labour provided by S.A History OnlineDefinition of Homo EconomicusEcco Mono, or, the botched restoration that the term ‘Homo Economicus’ made me think ofTake the Radloff (CES-D scale) and test your mental healthSimeme's Econometrics (graphs & tables)Selected references on:Radloff’s self-reported depression scaleRadloff, L.S., 1977. The CES-D scale: A self-report depression scale for research in the general population. Applied psychological measurement, 1(3), (online). [Available to read at: https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/98561/v01n3p385.pdf?sequence=1].The link between poverty and women’s mental healthArdington, C. & Case, A. 2010. `Interactions between mental health and socioeconomics status in the south african national income dynamics study'. Studies in Econometrics 34(3), (online). [Available to read here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3170771/].Masenya, V., de Wet, K. & Coetzee, J. K. (2017), `Narrating everyday precarity: Women's voices from resource poor areas'. Przeglad Socjologii Jakosciowej 13(1), (online). [Available to read here: https://www.academia.edu/32216027/Narrating_Everyday_Precarity_Womens_Voices_from_Resource_Poor_Areas?auto=download].Patel, V., Araya, R., de Lima, M., Ludermir, A. & Todd, C. 1999. `Women, poverty and common mental disorders in four restructuring societies'. Social science medicine 49(11), (online). [Available to read here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12784125_Women_poverty_and_common_mental_disorders_in_four_restructuring_societies].Intergenerational Transmission of DepressionKim-Cohen, J., Moffiitt, T. E., Taylor, A., Pawlby, S. J. & Caspi, A. 2005. ‘Maternal depression and childrens antisocial behavior: Nature and nurture effects'. Archives of General Psychiatry 62(2), (online). [Available to read here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/208278].Garber, J. & Cole, D. A. 2010. `Intergenerational transmission of depression: A launch and grow model of change across adolescence'. Development and Psychopathology 22(4), (online). [Available to read here: http://psych.colorado.edu/~willcutt/pdfs/Garber_2010.pdf].
33 minutes | Sep 12, 2017
#6 Carmen Herbert
Terminator-style death robots are upon us! Not really but the predicted proliferation of autonomous weapons in warfare raises new ethical and legal questions. We talk to Carmen Herbert about their MA thesis which explores the permissibility of autonomous weapons in line with international humanitarian law. Shownotes:Review us on iTunesContact The Foremost Authority at: email@example.comIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefThe number of self-driving cars by 2020Alan TuringThe Aegis Combat SystemWired article about the tragic autonomous weapons accident within the SA militaryElon Musk & other ‘AI leaders’ call on banning all autonomous weaponsSelected references on:Self-driving cars & the death algorithm (cool name for a heavy metal band)Kaplan, S. 2015. ‘What if your self driving car decides one death is better than two - and that one is you?’ The Washington Post, (online). [Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/28/what-if-your-self-driving-car-decides-one-death-is-better-than-two-and-that-one-is-you/].Nyholm, S. and Smids, J., 2016. The ethics of accident-algorithms for self-driving cars: an applied trolley problem? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 19(5), (online). [Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10677-016-9745-2].AI/views of intelligenceLevin, J. 2016. ‘Functionalism’ in Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, (online). [Available at:http://plato.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/encyclopedia/archinfo.cgi?entry=functionalism].Graham, G. 2015. ‘Behaviorism’ in Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, (online). [Available at: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/behaviorism/].Oppy, G & Dowe, D. 2016. ‘The Turing Test’ in Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, (online). [Available at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/turing/#TurMacCom].Autonomous weapons & the lawAnderson, K. & Waxman, M. 2013. Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapons Systems: Why a Ban Won’t Work and How the Laws of War Can, (online). [Available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2250126].
36 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
#5 Bongani Kona
We get bookish with Bongani Kona, author, Caine Prize shortlister and current MA in Creative Writing student at UCT. We talk about Bongani’s work, the ethics of journalism and the local literary landscape. In between it all Joan Didion makes a surprise appearance. Shownotes:Review us on iTunesContact The Foremost Authority at: firstname.lastname@example.orgIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefReview of Binyavanga Wainaina’s One Day I Will Write About This Place2016 Caine Prize for African WritingIncredible Journey (edited by Joanna Hitchens)Get Bongani’s story, ‘A Murder in Clovelly’, as published in Safe House hereJanet Malcolm’s The Journalist & the MurdererJonny Steinberg’s article (behind a paywall)Joan DidionChimurengaKoleka PutumaReview of Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine ThienSome of Bongani’s work:Kona, B. 2016. ‘A Murder in Clovelly’ in Safe House: Explorations in Creative Non-Fiction. Allfrey, E.W, (Ed). Toronto: Dundurn. Kona, B. 2015. ‘At Your Requiem’ in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You, Hichens, J. (Ed). Cape Town: Burnet Media. [Available to read here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/565c3d39e4b027c789ba5b70/t/5731ee279f7266896301bced/1462890027825/At+Your+Requiem.pdf OR listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/caine-prize/at-your-requim-by-bongani-kona-caine-prize-2016].Kona, B. 2017. Articles published in The Mail & Guardian.
39 minutes | Aug 21, 2017
#4 Lebohang Ntoele
The Foremost Authority gets filmic with Lebohang Ntoele. Lebohang unpacks the hallmarks of the American black film aesthetic. This is done through an analysis of Julie Dash’s ground-breaking movie Daughters of the Dust and how it is referenced within Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade. Shownotes:Contact The Foremost Authority at: email@example.comIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefDaughters of the DustBeyoncé’s Lemonade Melina MatsoukasKhalil JosephLaverne Cox Ava DuVernayTsitsi DangarembgaTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonJane CampionManthia DiawaraOscar MicheauxGet Out Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn)Arthur JafaAyandaGriotMoonlightPariah Selected references on:bell hooks on movies and the oppositional gazehooks, B. 2003. The oppositional gaze: Black female spectators in A. Jones (ED.) The feminism and visual cultural reader. New York: Routledge. [Available to read here: http://blogs.ubc.ca/outofplace/files/2015/03/hooks.pdf].hooks, B. 1996. Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies. New York: Routledge.Julie Dash reflecting on Daughters of the DustPickett, L. 2016. Twenty-five years later, filmmaker Julie Dash reflects on Daughters of the Dust. The Bleader, (online). [Available to read here: https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/11/25/twenty-five-years-later-filmmaker-julia-dash-reflects-on-daughters-of-the-dust].Holmes, M.K. 2016. Invisible Scratch Lines: An Interview with Julie Dash. FILM QUART. 70(2), (online). [Available: to read here: http://fq.ucpress.edu/content/ucpfq/70/2/49.full.pdf].
35 minutes | Aug 14, 2017
#3 Callum Tilbury (Lady Aria Grey)
The Foremost Authority has a chin-wag with Callum Tilbury about their fabulous drag persona Lady Aria Grey. We cover the performative aspects of drag as they relate to the persona of Lady Aria Grey. We also discuss Callum’s educational Youtube channel in which Lady Aria Grey teaches us about such things as male privilege and the differences between cisgender and transgender. Shownotes:Contact The Foremost Authority at: firstname.lastname@example.orgIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefLady Aria Grey’s Youtube channelThe First Performance of Hamlet in South AfricaRuPaul’s Drag Racehttps://www.genderspectrum.org/Selected references on:Judith Butler & (drag) double inversionButler, J. 1990. Gender trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge.‘What it means’ to be a drag queen/potential criticism referenced in the showTaylor, V. and Rupp, L.J., 2004. Chicks with dicks, men in dresses: What it means to be a drag queen. Journal of Homosexuality, 46(3-4).The Benefits of being a drag queenHopkins, S.J. 2004. “Let the drag race begin” The rewards of becoming a queen. Journal of Homosexuality, 46(3-4).
38 minutes | Aug 14, 2017
#2 Msakha Mona
The Foremost Authority chats to Masters in Philosophy student Msakha Mona about their research in the UCT African Studies Department. Their paper explores the efficacy of Extended Degree Programs (EDPs) at UCT and how they foster inclusive and relevant learning environments. Key issues addressed include the academic canon, race, coloniality, learning techniques and environment as well as cultural capital. Shownotes:Contact The Foremost Authority at: email@example.comIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefSources on AC Jordan:UCT Newsroom. 2015. ‘AC Jordan – academic pioneer and torchbearer for African languages’, (online). [Available to read here: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2015-12-14-ac-jordan-academic-pioneer-and-torchbearer-for-african-languages].Selected references on:UCT as an Afropolitan universityMacGregor, K. 2012. Top-ranked university goes 'Afropolitan', (online). University World News. [Available to read here: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20121124180508500]Black students at UCTKessi, S. & Cornell, J. 2015. Coming to UCT: Black students, transformation, and discourses of race. Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 3(2).Decolonising education in South AfricaMorreira, S. 2015. Steps Towards Decolonial Higher Education in Southern Africa? Epistemic Disobedience in the Humanities. Journal of Asian and African Studies. [Available to read here: http://www.historicalstudies.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/149/150/Morreira%20Epistemic%20Disobedience%20Online%20first%20copy.pdf].Other work by MsakhaMsakha, M. 2014. African History in a Western Narrative, (online). [Available to read here: https://www.academia.edu/8152456/African_History_in_the_Western_Narrative?auto=download].Msakha, M. 2014. Culture and Social Identity at the crossroads of teaching and learning in Humanities, (online). [Available to read here: https://www.academia.edu/8152438/Culture_and_Social_Identity_at_the_crossroads_of_teaching_and_learning_in_Humanities].
34 minutes | Aug 11, 2017
#1 Thulile Gamedze
In this, our first episode, we chat to Masters in Philosophy student Thulile Gamedze about their research into the value of alternative learning spaces. Thulile unpacks key concepts related to student outlooks and the Fallist movement. These notions include blackness, social death as well as the Afropessimism / Afrofutirism dichotomy. Shownotes:Contact The Foremost Authority at: firstname.lastname@example.orgThulile’s websiteIntro/Outro/Bumper music provided by Smoke ThiefSample taken from ‘Saturn’ from the album Jazz in Silhoutte by Sun Ra and his Arkestra (1959) and used for non-commercial purposes and per conditions of fair use. This groovy album can be bought here.Selected references on:Alternative learning & Recognising alternate cultures of knowledge Ismail, S., 2014, ‘Contested Cultures of Knowledge – Identifying Challenges to Include Experiential Knowledge into the Academy, Postcolonial Directions in Education Vol 3 (2): 292-324. [Available for download here: um.edu.mt/pde/index.php/pde1/article/download/56/96].Social Death R.L., 2013, Wanderings of the Slave: Black life and Social Death, (online). [Available to read here: http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/wanderings-slave-black-life-and-social-death].AfropessimismWilderson, FB, 2016, Frank Wilderson on Afropessimism, (online audio interview). [Available to listen to here: https://soundcloud.com/peinture-noir/frank-wilderson-on-social-death].Afrofuturism:Womack, Y., 2012, Afrofuturism: An Aesthetic and Exploration of Identity, Ethical Technology, (online). [Available to read here: https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/more/womack20120104].Sun Ra:Link to Wikipedia pageDust. 2017. Exploring Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism (DUST Afrofuturism Ep. 1), (online). [Available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnSiQ2xNyy4].
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