Studies in National and International Development


National and International Development

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The Glocal Politics of Activist Art & Literature in Contemporary Zimbabwe

Date: Thursday January 25, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Sarah Kastner, Department of English, Queen’s University

Sarah Kastner’s talk will illustrate the politics of literary and artistic aesthetics in contemporary Zimbabwe, addressing a recent controversy over the commemorations of state violence at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Arguing that global white supremacy and neoliberalism have shaped local artistic and political responses to injustice and suffering in Zimbabwe, as well as their reception in the global cultural marketplace, she explores the conditions for decolonizing public culture in Zimbabwe.

Owen Maseko, “Sibathontisele” / “Let’s Drip on Them”

Owen Maseko, “Sibathontisele” / “Let’s Drip on Them”

Sarah Kastner

Sarah is a Canada Graduate Scholar and PhD candidate in the Department of English at Queen's University, writing a dissertation on the Zimbabwean authors, Yvonne Vera and Dambudzo Marechera. Drawing on her work as archivist to the Yvonne Vera fonds at Trent University in Canada, Sarah shows how liberal figures of the subject are produced and circulated in global literary culture, tracing radical life writing practices across the archives of each author that speak back to such figures. Supported by SSHRCC, Sarah was hosted by the University of Cape Town to carry out archival research in Southern Africa in 2015 and 2016.