Below is the current line-up of speakers.
Caio Simões de Araujo (University of the Witwatersrand)
Caio Simões de Araujo is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. His research interests include histories of empire and decolonization, of science and knowledge, and of race, gender, and sexuality in Southern Africa. With the GALA Queer Archives and the Governing Intimacies Project, of Wits University, he leads the oral history project ‘Archives of the Intimate’, which is building a multi-media archive of queer lives in Maputo, Mozambique.
Rui Aristides (University of Coimbra)
Rui Aristides is an historian of spatial organization, design and planning, concerned with the articulation of modern identities and forms of government. He is an Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Coimbra’s Centre for Social Studies. He holds a PhD in Architecture from Coimbra.
Reece Auguiste (University of Colorado)
Reece Auguiste has been central to the conceptualisation of Reframing Africa and is an editor of the forthcoming book. Auguiste holds a PhD (2009), University of Nottingham, UK and is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Media Practices and the Film Studies Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. His research focuses on national cinemas, transnational screen cultures and documentary media practices. Auguiste was a co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC). With BAFC, Auguiste wrote and directed the award winning Twilight City and Mysteries of July. He has published in Framework, Cineaction, Undercut, Journal of Media Practice, The British Avant-Garde Film 1926-1995, Questions of Third Cinema, Dark Eros, The Encyclopaedia of Southern Culture: Media and The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective. He was awarded the Grand Prize at Melbourne International Film Festival; Josef Von Sternberg Awar, for most original film of the Mannheim International Film Festival, Golden Hugo Award for best Documentary at Chicago International Film Festival, and the International Documentary Association.
Gilles Baro (University of the Witwatersrand)
Gilles Baro is a lecturer and researcher in sociolinguistics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds an MA in language education from Paris Sorbonne University and a PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of the Witwatersrand. His work is located in linguistic and semiotic landscape studies, focusing on multimodal signs in particular environments. One of his primary interests is to understand ways in which changing urban settings create, erase or reclaim meaning. He has studied and published on the recent redevelopment of the inner city of Johannesburg and has shared critical views on the strategies used by the private sector to shift the urban discourse away from the city’s apartheid past to one of global ‘gentrification’, consumption and heritage. More recently he has published on the globalised ideologies contained in typography and used to make places more tourism-friendly.
Linda Chisholm (University of Johannesburg)
Linda Chisholm is a Professor in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg. She has published widely on comparative and history of education. Her most recent book is Teacher Preparation in South Africa: History, Policy and Future Directions (Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing).
Nuno Coelho (University Coimbra)
Oporto based Portuguese communication designer; professor of Design and Multimedia at the Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI) of the University of Coimbra (UC); and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CEIS20). He holds a PhD in Contemporary Art from UC. He is interested in history, material culture, digital humanities, and visual semiotics and representation. He has developed self-initiated projects in the intersection between design and art, mostly on social and political issues. His work addresses topics related to identity and memory by exploring the politics of image-making and the archives of historic Portuguese trademarks and institutions. He has curated design exhibitions and talks, and has two books published. He has exhibited his work, given talks, participated in conferences and conducted workshops in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Adheema Davis (Barland Studio, Durban)
Adheema Davis is a Durban-based professional architect at Barland Studio administering city-based Industrial projects; with previous lecturing experience, and co-founder of and – an independent reflexive workspace between contemporary thought and praxis – concurrently working toward PhD research in Public Culture, Heritage, and Decoloniality. Her Masters research entitled ‘The Specificity of Dignity: Reconceptualising Women’s Spatial Boundaries’ confirmed her commitment to socio-spatial justice. As a Mandela Washington Fellow, she completed a certificate in Civic Leadership at Drexel University, Philadelphia in 2018, and exercised this in work towards Transformation in the SAIA-KZN Region, in which she currently serves as the Vice-President.
Enrico Dodi (Vedor Lda Architects, Maputo)
Enrico Dodi was born in 1941 in Milan. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Milan, 1966; a Diploma in Social Work (Rural and Urban Development), Madras School of Social Work, Tamil Nadu, India, 1967/1968 and a Postgraduate Specialization in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Milan, 1971/1972. Author of many urban plans and consultant, for many years, to public authorities with extensive experience in planning on various scales from urban design projects, detailed urban plans, master plans to large area plans including resettlement plans, rehabilitation of historic towns and upgrading of informal settlements. He has work experience in Italy, Cuba, India, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania including Zanzibar and Zambia. From 2015 to the present time he has been Senior Consultant and General Coordinator of Planning Projects of Vedor Lda, Maputo (Mozambique).
Nabeel Essa (Office 24/7 Architects, Johannesburg)
Nabeel Essa is a practicing architect with a background in Fine Arts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand. Thereafter he received a master’s degree in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He participates as guest critic and examiner at numerous South African architectural schools. In 2002, he founded the practice OFFICE 24|7 ARCHITECTURE which focuses on unique curatorial and design methodologies in combining spatial understanding with innovative ways of re- interpreting cultural space. The practice works with narrative as a framework for projects that aim to broaden imagination and to stimulate engagement. The practice critically and spatially re- imagines museums, exhibitions and architectural projects. Through an embodied experience of difference and otherness, and from the margin as vantage, Nabeel curates and designs to engage, empower, and in the making – to transform.
Robby Fivez (Ghent University)
Robby Fivez graduated as an engineer-architect in 2015. From the fall of 2015 onwards, he has been employed as a PhD researcher at Ghent University in the framework of the FWO-funded project ‘Tout le Congo est un Chantier’. He is currently writing his PhD dissertation under the working title ‘A Concrete State: Building Ambitions in the (Belgian) Congo, 1908-1964’. So far, his PhD research resulted in a number of participations in international conferences and workshops and in published research papers and articles, among others in ABE journal and the Journal of Landscape Architecture.
Sibonelo Gumede (University of Cape Town)
Sibonelo Gumede is an urbanist and researcher based in Cape Town who is interested in the intersection of city-making processes and citizenship in post-colonial urban environments. Gumede works across multidisciplinary projects with communities, policy-makers, built environment practitioners and artists. He has served at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) educational committee and as a Vice President of the arts community. He has been a part of the Urban Futures Centre, an urban research laboratory which is based at the Durban University of Technology. Gumede currently holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu and is currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.
Roland Gunst (John K. Cobra Institute of Videoartifacts)
Roland Gunst (*1977) is a conceptual artist of Belgian-Congolese origin. Through films, performances, installations, objects, photography and mixed media he researches the potential of fluid identities and Afro-European narratives, inspired by the concept of Afropeanism. Gunst creates disruptive hybrid concepts and forms to reflect on the boundaries that define identity, culture, human condition and history. He is inspired by African and European art history, anthropology, psychology, philosophy and mythology.
Pamila Gupta (University of the Witwatersrand)
Pamila Gupta is Full Professor at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University (2004). She writes about Lusophone India and Southern Africa, Portuguese colonial and missionary history, decolonization, heritage tourism, visual cultures and islands in the Indian Ocean. She has published in African Studies, Critical Arts, Etnográfica, Interventions, Island Studies Journal, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Ler História, Public Culture, Radical History Review, Social Dynamics, South African Historical Journal, Feminist Theory, and is the co-editor of Eyes Across the Water: Navigating the Indian Ocean with Isabel Hofmeyr and Michael Pearson (UNISA, 2010), and author of two monographs: The Relic State: St. Francis Xavier and the Politics of Ritual in Portuguese India (Manchester University Press, 2015) and Portuguese Decolonization in the Indian Ocean World: History and Ethnography (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2019).
Simon Gush
Simon Gush is an artist and filmmaker. His artworks and films explore ideas of work and its rhythms that have shaped Johannesburg. His work has been exhibited at the MuAC, Mexico City; Göteborgs Konsthall; MAXXI, Rome; Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie; the Dakar Biennale and Bamako Biennale. His films have been screened at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; ICA, London; Tate Modern; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; Palais De Tokyo, Paris; as well as at numerous including International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen and Visions du Réel. He completed his MA in sociology at Wits in 2019.
Brendan Hart (University of the Witwatersrand and Mayat Hart Architects)
Brendan Hart is a part time lecturer in the history of architecture and urbanism and architectural conservation at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. In addition to teaching Brendan is a founding partner, with Yasmin Mayat, of the multi award winning Mayat Hart Architects, a Johannesburg based Architectural and Heritage consultancy. The diverse work of the practice focuses on the creating and understanding of architectural and spatial interventions rooted in both context, historical narratives and the complex realities of heritage and identity in contemporary South Africa. Brendan has a Master’s degree in the Conservation of the Built Environment from the University of Cape Town, professional Architectural degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an Accredited Professional Member of the Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners.
Ali Khangela Hlongwane (University of the Witwatersrand)
Ali Khangela Hlongwane is a researcher in the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has published on the public histories of the 1976 uprisings: The Road to Democracy in South Africa, Volume 7: Soweto Uprisings-New Perspectives, Commemoration and Memorialisation, 2017. He is co-author of Public History and Culture in South Africa: Memorialisation and Liberation Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and the Township Space, 2019. His recent publication is Lion of Azania A biography of Zephania Lekoame Mothopeng (1913-1990).
Yvette Hoebes (Usakos Museum Council)
Yvette Hoebes is a Tourism graduate and a self-taught abstract and mixed media expressionist (Artist). Born and raised in Usakos. She is an activist and member in the Usakos Museum Council.
Hilton Judin (University of the Witwatersrand)
Hilton Judin is architect and director of postgraduate architecture in School of Architecture & Planning at Wits University. He developed a number of exhibitions, including display of apartheid state documents and public video testimonies [setting apart] with History Workshop in Johannesburg and District Six Museum in Cape Town. He was curator and editor (with Ivan Vladislavić) of blank____ Architecture, apartheid and after for the Netherlands Architecture Institute. He was in practice with Nina Cohen on Nelson Mandela Museum in Mvezo and Qunu, and Living Landscape Project in Clanwilliam. In 2021 he published Architecture, State Modernism and Cultural Nationalism in the Apartheid Capital (Routledge), and edited the volume Falling Monuments, Reluctant Ruins: Persistence of the Past in the Architecture of Apartheid following the conference with History Workshop.
Bridget Kenny (University of the Witwatersrand)
Bridget Kenny is an Associate Professor of sociology at Wits. She works on labour, service work, political subjectivity and affect in Johannesburg. Her books include Retail Worker Politics, Race and Consumption in South Africa: Shelved in the Service Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Wal-Mart in the Global South, co-edited with Carolina Bank-Munoz and Antonio Stecher (University of Texas Press, 2018).
Pervaiz Khan (University of the Witwatersrand)
Pervaiz Khan, co-convenor of Reframing Africa and editor of the forthcoming book is a curator, writer, theatre maker, new media artist, filmmaker and lecturer. He established Vokani, an exhibition circuit for black & third world films and was awarded the British Film Institute’s award for innovation in film education. As curator of Third Focus (Birmingham International Film & TV Festival) he curated over 300 films, bringing together filmmakers, writers and critics including: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Kumar Shahani, bell hooks, Haile Gerima, Michelle Wallace and Stuart Hall. Khan was contributing editor of Sight & Sound and co-edited with John Akomfrah issue 36 of Framework – Third Scenario: Theory & Politics of Location. For a decade Khan was artistic director of Duende Performance Company. In 2017/8 he co-edited Ellipses, the Wits School of Arts online journal and is a lecturer in the Wits School of Arts Film & Television Division.
Florence /Khaxas (Usakos Museum Council)
Florence/Khaxas is a feminist writer and storyteller, women rights defender, she is the Executive Director of the women’s rights organisation called the Y-Fem Namibian Trust. She is a cultural activist and founder also of the Damara dresses, a movement of fashion heritage of the Damara people in Namibia. She serves as a member of the Usakos Museum Council.
Cynthia Kros (University of the Witwatersrand)
Cynthia Kros is a historian and public history/heritage specialist who taught for many years in the History Department at Wits University and was subsequently the Head of the Arts, Culture and Management Division in the Wits School of Arts. She holds a PhD (1997) from Wits, is the author of The Seeds of Separate Development: Origins of Bantu Education (2010) as well as many journal articles in the fields of history, heritage, history education, and art as research. She is one of the convenors of the research project Reframing Africa and an editor of a forthcoming book that aims to make the contributions of the first colloquium accessible to a broad public of scholars across the Humanities.
Arianna Lissoni (University of the Witwatersrand)
Arianna Lissoni is an historian and researcher in the Wits History Workshop. She has published her research on the history of South Africa’s liberation struggle in various journals and edited collections including the Journal of Southern African Studies, the South African Historical Journal and African Studies. She is co-editor of the volumes One Hundred Years of the ANC: Debating Liberation Histories Today (2012), The ANC between Home and Exile: Reflections on the Anti-Apartheid Struggle in Italy and Southern Africa (2015) and New Histories of South Africa’s Apartheid Era Bantustans (2017).
Osvaldo Luis (Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo)
Osvaldo Luis is a Mozambican architect and urban planner graduated from Eduardo Mondlane University in the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning. He is completing the Master in Regional and Urban Planning at the same university.
Thando Mama (Fort Hare University)
Thando Mama graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Durban’s Technikon Natal in 2001, and with the MFA Photography (with Distinction) from Rhodes University in 2017. I was part of 3rd Eye Vision, an art collective of visual artists, poets and musicians. I am currently affiliated with the University of Fort Hare, lecturing in Art History, Visual Arts Literacy and Studio Practice. As a practising artist I work in film and digital photography, in video art and installation, drawings, printmaking and digital prints. My subject matters have included Black masculinity and the marginality of African subjects amongst others. For the most part I use my own body as a subject in my videos while referencing popular media, popular culture such as hip-hop, racial stereotypes as well as films. Over the past five years, I have been engaging with national (South African) heritage memory markers, monuments and site of memory. Using my own personal narrative of place, heritage and connection to the land, I have been developing images and practice that uses the media of photography as conceptual and philosophical critic of materiality vs object, and photography as a devise memory interpretation. I am pursuing an art history and visual culture study based on ongoing research at the Ntaba kaNdoda Mountain/Monument in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. As an independent artist I have had a number of solo exhibitions and been in group exhibitions both here in South Africa and in International venues, including biennales, triennials and art fairs. I have also had some prestigious arts awards, and my work in South African public art gallery collections. For about five years between 2007-2011, I worked in heritage conservation environment at the Robben Island Museum in Cape Town.
Giorgio Miescher (University of Basel)
Giorgio Miescher is the Carl Schlettwein Foundation Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Namibian and Southern African Studies at the Centre for African Studies Basel (Switzerland) and an associate researcher of the University of Namibia. He has published widely on the history of Namibia and Southern Africa more general, with a special focus on historical geography and visuality. His ongoing research projects comprise ‘Thinking with empire: towards an alternative geography of South Africa’s imperial space’, ‘Usakos – Photographs beyond Ruins: the old location albums, 1920s-1960s’, and ‘Space in Time: Landscape narratives and land management changes in the Lower Orange River cross border region’.
Raffaele Perniola (University of Basel)
Raffaele Perniola has recently completed his M.A. in history at the University of Basel (Switzerland) where he mostly specialized in Southern African history. His master’s thesis focussed on the ways in which the colonial railway project is remembered both publicly and privately in Namibia. He has participated in and co-curated multiple exhibitions on topics surrounding Southern African history, photography and popular culture including Usakos: Photographs Beyond Ruins and the exhibition Y/Our Colonial Gaze at Basler Afrika Bibliographien (Switzerland). He has also participated in workshops and conferences on the Namibian museum scene and has collaborated with the Usakos Museum Council (Namibia) for his master’s thesis.
Naomi Roux (University of Cape Town)
Naomi is an urbanist and visual historian who works on heritage, memory, spatial politics and urban transformations. She is a senior lecturer in the University of Cape Town's School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, where she convenes the MPhil in Conservation of the Built Environment. She is also affiliated with Cape Town-based museum and heritage consultancy DijonDesign as a senior researcher. Naomi has previously held research fellowships and teaching positions at the University of Cape Town, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Birkbeck University of London, and the University of the Witwatersrand. Her work has been published in Social & Cultural Geography, Anthropology Southern Africa, Thesis Eleven and Safundi and she has contributed chapters to several edited books. Her recent monograph Remaking The Urban: Heritage and Transformation in Nelson Mandela Bay (Manchester University Press, 2021) examines the relationship between heritage, public memory and post-apartheid urban space.
Chalden Sabab (Usakos Museum Council)
Chalden Sabab is a resident of Usakos and activist in the Usakos Museum-project since 2015. He has recently been promoted to chief officer of the Usakos Museum Council, which is tasked with creating a community museum in this small central-Namibian town. He has presented the Usakos Museum project and the first exhibition created for it, the well-received Usakos: Photographs beyond Ruins throughout Namibia as well as in South Africa and, more recently in China. Currently he and the other activists in Usakos are creating new exhibitions
Ruth Sacks (University of Johannesburg)
Dr Ruth Sacks is a visual artist and academic who lives and works in Johannesburg, where she is a lecturer in the Visual Art Department at the University of Johannesburg. The monograph of her PhD, awarded in 2017 by the University of the Witwatersrand, will be published by Michigan University Press in 2021. Sacks is one of the organisers of the Response-ability project, currently taking place at the Greenhouse Project in Joubert Park.
Esther Severi (Kaaitheater, Brussels)
Esther Severi (*1983) is a Belgian dramaturge. She works with artists such as Radouan Mriziga, Thomas Bellinck, Roland Gunst and Einat Tuchman. Inspired by the legacy of dramaturge Marianne van Kerkhoven, she is currently researching the working methods of the Belgian leftist theatre company Het Trojaanse Paard (1970s) to arrive at proposals for political dramaturgies today, in which activism and ideological choices define the nature of the creation process and the artistic production.
Dayle Shand (University of Pretoria)
Dayle Shand is a landscape architect with 8+ years of experience in landscape design practice. She currently lectures at the University of Pretoria and holds a ML (Prof) degree in landscape architecture, also from the University of Pretoria. In addition to lecturing in design and its applied theories, Dayle is also currently completing her PhD in landscape architecture. The topic of her investigation is on environmental justice related to local community parks. As a member of the Unit for Urban Citizenship, seated within the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria, and being passionate about building capacity in marginalised communities, Dayle is committed to taking the concept of environmental justice, and meaningful community engagement beyond the scope of her PhD into the design studio and realms of architectural practice.
Zandi Sherman (Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Zandi Sherman is a PhD student in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She has a master’s degree in Global Studies, jointly awarded by the Universities of Cape Town and Freiburg. She currently teaches courses in Gender Studies with a focus on the genealogy of feminist theory and critical race studies. Her research is focused on public infrastructures, which she uses as objects through which to consider the production and endurance of race in South Africa. Her PhD research focuses on two public infrastructures - mining compounds and water management devices to think about how the technical and political registers at which they function coincide. She considers both how neoliberal governance undermines infrastructures' function as a public good, as well as how infrastructures have historically functioned as the backbone of extractive economies and as instruments of biopolitical management of population.
Katy Streek (Sites of Memory Foundation, Netherlands)
Katy Streek is a freelance theatre maker and programmer. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Utrecht (2006) and has a Master Applied Theatre (2009) from the University of Cape Town. She’s co-founder of Sites of Memory Foundation and from 2013 till 2020 worked as a programmer for Afrovibes Festival in Amsterdam. In her work, she focuses on (international) collaborations, artistic dialogue and themes of colonisation, slavery and migration. She directed the site-specific productions Future for the Past (2020), Emerging Memory (2019), Changing Portraits (2018), Sites of Memory East (2017) and Sites of Memory (2016). Her other theatre work includes This is me - Dis na mi, a site-specific production at Fort New Amsterdam in Paramaribo (2012,) De Tijdschepper in Amsterdam (2010) and No-Man’s Land, an international exchange between South Africa and The Netherlands (2008).
Tariq Toffa (Tshwane University of Technology)
Tariq Toffa is a researcher, educator and architect. He has worked in academia and professional practice, and was manager and researcher for the South African chapter of the Dallant Networks / Ford Foundation project Urban Impact (, and manager and researcher for the Social Housing Focus Trust (SHiFT). His research interests include the socio-spatial and discursive histories of colonialism-apartheid, urbanisms in contemporary African cities and, more broadly, critical thinking around modernity and decoloniality in space, education and society.
Jennifer Tosch (Sites of Memory Foundation, Netherlands)
Jennifer Tosch is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and currently resides in Amsterdam, Netherlands (NL), working on a dual Masters in Heritage and Memory Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is founder of Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and New York State, co-author of 3 books on Dutch colonial history Amsterdam Slavery Heritage Guide (2014); Dutch New York Histories (2017) and Netherlands Slavery Heritage Guide (2019), co-founder of Sites of Memory Foundation and a member of the Mapping Slavery Project Netherlands. Jennifer was born in Brooklyn, New York to Surinamese parents. All her ancestors are also from Suriname. Jennifer founded the Black Heritage Tour in Amsterdam in 2013 and the New York Tour in 2017. The tours make the ‘hidden history visible’ as you explore the city’s Black presence and colonial history.
Greer Valley (University of Cape Town)
Greer Valley is a lecturer in History of Art at the Wits School Arts (University of the Witwatersrand). She is doctoral candidate in Art Historical Studies and Creative Knowledge fellow at Michaelis School of Fine Art. She is also a Doctoral Fellow at the Archive and Public Culture Initiative at the University of Cape Town. Her research and practice interests include curatorial interventions in institutions and exhibition spaces focused on African colonial histories. She is a board member of the Africa South Arts Initiative (ASAI) and serves as a member of Council of the KwaZulu Natal Society of the Arts (KZNSA). In 2018 she was a curatorial Fellow at the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), and was selected as a Getty Foundation MAHASSA Fellow (Modern Art Histories in and Across Africa, South and Southeast Asia) 2019-2020. In 2019 she was part of the Dak’art Biennale 2020 selection committee and selected as guest curator for the upcoming Dak’art Biennale.
Bruno Vedor (Vedor Lda Architects, Maputo)
Bruno Vedor was born in 1978 in Maputo, Mozambique. He has a degree in Architecture and Planning from Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, 2005 and a master’s Degree in Urban Management and Planning in Developing Countries from La Sapienza University, Rome, 2007. Founder in 2009 of Vedor Lda, an engineering, architecture and urban planning consultancy firm with an extensive portfolio of public and private projects in Mozambique and elsewhere. Since 2017 he has been Coordinator of the Working Group for Land and Environment of the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique - Private Sector. Since 2018 member of the Managing Committee of the Group of African Members Association (GAMA), International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). Since 2019 Bruno Vedor has led an interdisciplinary team commissioned by the Ministry of Land and Environment to draft the Territorial Plan for Sustainable Development of the Province of Gaza, Mozambique. Since February 2020 he has been a member of the National Mozambican Commission for the Review of the National Land Policy.
Itala Vivan (University of Milan)
Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, formerly at the School of Political Science, University of Milano, Italy. Her first book focussed on dissent and deviance in the colonial context of early Puritan America. She has written in the field of postcolonial studies analysing relationships between literature, history, society in sub-Saharan Africa and the emergence of new, creolized literary expressions in the West and elsewhere. Among her publications, Il Nuovo Sudafrica dale strettoie dell'apartheid alle complessità della democrazia (The new South Africa from the strictures of apartheid to the complexities of democracy), 1998, Corpi liberati in cerca di storia, di storie (Liberated bodies in search of history and stories), 2005, and Prisma Sudafrica, 2011. In recent years she has researched and published on the role of cultural museums in contemporary society.
Tara Weber (Johannesburg Art Gallery)
Tara Weber currently works as a registrar at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and has curated a number of exhibitions from this collection. She completed a BA at the University of Cape Town with majors in Art History and English Literature in 2012 and completed her Honours at the Centre for Curating the Archive (UCT) in 2013. She is currently operating as part of the collective Johannesburg Lasts, whose practice lies in creative responses to ‘the last, lasts, lasting and losts’ that make up Johannesburg. Her personal research interests are with ruins, the shifting ideologies of museums and the preservation of diversity of food culture through plants.
Joanna Sandell Wright (Södertälje Konsthall, Sweden)
Joanna Sandell is a curator, writer and journalist. She is currently director of Södertälje konsthall in Sweden and co-founder of The Mirror Institution, an artistic platform for art production and curating outside the institutional context that is currently running Silon Studios and residency from a farm on the island of Öland in Sweden. Formerly director of Botkyrka konsthall and Kalmar konstmuseum, Sandell has specialised in developing art institutions towards reaching a greater relevance for diverse art scenes and audiences. At Kalmar konstmuseum this approach was reached through Deep Memory – a platform to strengthen exchanges between Sweden and the African continent. Joanna Sandell curated The Fittja Pavilion during The Architecture Exhibition of Venice biennale 2014 and curated Phantom Capital with artist Agniezska Kurant at CoCA in Poland 2012 and initiated and curated The First Biennale of Art and Architecture in Botkyrka. Sandell has curated numerous exhibition and public art works with artists such as Kudzanai Chiurai, Chto Delat, Sasha Hüber, Kultivator, Salla Tykkä, James Webb and Ernest Mancoba.