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1. You are warmly invited to the launch of *AERIAL 2018* a collection of creative writing by participants of ISEA’s Short Course in Creative Writing

Time: 17h30 for 18h00   Venue: National English Literary Museum (NELM) 25 A Worcester Street, Grahamstown

Copies of the book will be available at R70 and refreshments will be served.

Contact Nomangesi or Althea for further details at isea@ru.ac.za


2. The Labour Studies Seminar Series, is proud to host our last seminar for 2018, entitled, "Informal workers growing older in the changing world of

work: Implications for economic and social policies," by Prof Francie Lund.

Time: 16h15    Venue: Eden Grove Seminar Room 2

For further details:  https://lists.ru.ac.za/pipermail/events/2018-October/006145.html


3. You are warmly invited to the final concert of the Rhodes University Chamber Choir for 2018:

Time: 19h00  Venue: Cathedral of St Michael and St George

The concert will also include performances by:

                The Cathedral Choir

                Makhanda Kwantu Choir

                Pro Carmine Choir

                Saeculum Aureum


and will end with two items sung by the combined choirs.

Admission is free, but donations will be welcome.  These will be shared by the Rhodes University Chamber Choir and the Makana Choir School.



'The Bad Design of Social Exclusion' by Dimpho Moletsane [AGCLE]

Time: 15h30  Venue: Philosophy Department Seminar Room


We often experience our physical environment without giving its features much thought, yet we are often also aware how people can behave differently in different places. It could be said that the architecture of a given space sets the interaction of those who share that space. Some urban architecture, however, is designed specifically to dissuade certain modes of behaviour  in a given location; this is called defensive architecture.

Examples of defensive architecture include railings to prevent skateboarding; using water and oil resistant paint to prevent graffiti, etc. A more troubling form of defensive design, hostile architecture, is the intentional use of design for the exclusion of certain groups of people from public space, while leaving others oblivious of its very presence e.g.‘anti-homeless’ park benches. Taking insights from Allan Buchanan and Jonathan Glover, I question what it means when our relationship with the design of our societies is such that some of its constructs may work to render us unable to detect certain facts about our societies. I argue some failure to recognise potential certain morally relevant facts may, in fact, exist as an ‘epistemological default setting' in post-conflictual states; allowing uncritical perpetuation of unjust social practices. Susceptibility to moral failure, then, may happen not because we are necessarily lacking in moral virtue or have defective basic moral principles, but instead because our societies themselves may be set up in such a way that we are disabled from detecting and responding appropriately to certain moral facts in our communities. If true, this could have great ramifications on how we create inclusive and morally conscious environments.

All are welcome.


Friday 19 October 2018

The Residencies for Artists and Writers (RAW) programme warmly invites you to a seminar presentation by Dr Nadine Siegert (Writer in Residence) from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Title: (Re)Mapping Luanda: Nostalgia & Utopia in Aesthetic Practice in Angola

Time: 15h00     Venue: The Arts Lounge, 5 Rhodes Avenue (Cnr Lucas Avenue)

For further details:  https://lists.ru.ac.za/pipermail/events/2018-October/006146.html


Saturday 27 October 2018

The Rhodes University Jazz Band will be hosting their end-of-year concert at The Lowlander on  The 18-piece band will be performing various styles of the big band jazz genre from well-known American and South African jazz classics to latin, funk and other contemporary arrangements. Entrance is R20 at the door - all welcome.

Time: 19h00   Venue: The Lowlander, Worcester Street



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