Wednesday 10th March- 3:00pm GMT
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Speakers: Dieynaba Gabrielle Ndiaye - Penny Travlou - Pierre Kahenga - Ker Thiossane - Waza - Platohedro
This discussion is based on the production of audio & video series on the common good produced by three arts organisations of Arts Collaboratory:Platohedro, Kër Thiossane and Waza in their southern contexts. This discussion between the researchers with whom each organisation has collaborated, engages with what is understood as common good in our societies today, working with specific theories from the "South" such as Buen Vivir/Sumak Kawsay and Ubuntu/African humanism in order to broaden the discourse on common goods more generally, without falling into stereotypes. The discussion will call for a greater recognition of our own existing forms of sharing resources and relationships with our environments, to better understand them, but also to better value them collectively through art.
Molemo Moiloa lives and works in Johannesburg. She works at the intersection of creative practice and community organizing. Molemo's academic work has focused on the political subjectivities of South African youth. She is half of the collaborating artist MADEYOULOOK, who explores everyday popular imaginaries and their methods of producing knowledge. She is currently conducting research at Andani.Africa, focusing on Open Debates of Restitution and is one of the first AfricaNoFilter 2020/2021 Fellows for this topic.
She also works with the Arts Collaboratory, the Market Photo Workshop and the Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation, among others. Molemo holds a BA in Fine Arts (cum laude) and an MA in Social Anthropology (cum laude) from Wits. MADEYOULOOK was nominated for the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016/17 at The New School, New York. Molemo was also a 2016/17 Chevening Clore Fellow, and winner of a Vita Basadi Award for 2017.
Penny Travlou is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography and Theory (Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh).
Her research focuses on social justice, the commons, collaborative practices, cultural landscapes and ethnography. She has been involved in international research projects funded by the EU and UK Research Councils. Since 2011, she has been doing ethnographic research on collaborative practices in emerging networks (e.g. digital art practitioners, collaborative economy initiatives, translocal migrants); her most recent research is on cultural commons in Colombia.
Alongside her academic work, Penny is an activist on social justice and the commons. She has been actively involved in a number of grassroots and self-organised initiatives on housing and refugees’ rights in Greece.
She is Co-Director of the Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research in Athens, a non-profit independent research organisation that focuses on feminist and queer studies, participatory education and activism.
Dieynaba Gabrielle Ndiaye has been a teacher-researcher in social psychology at the philosophy department of the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar since 2015.
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His research interests focus on various aspects of living together, including the characteristics of communities, management
collective resources, social capital, social exclusion.
She also studies the relationship between economics and psychology. For example, she explores the psychosociological aspects of
neoliberalism and the consumer society.
She teaches, among others: general psychology,
introduction to social psychology, group psychology, socio-cognitive psychology.
Pierre Kahenga is a researcher and specialist in organizational transformation. He is a member of the Pole Institute , an action research institute specializing in conflict prevention and resolution in DR Congo.
Kahenga, in collaboration with Waza, facilitates action research on the commons in Lubumbashi which explores the functioning of communities in the city of Lubumbashi and in nearby rural areas, particularly on the sharing of power, resources and knowledge.