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Rosa’s District Six: Narrating histories of enslavement and post-enslavement through fictional writing in South Africa

South-African Literature: Lecture

Writer and scolar prof. Roze Maart (Durban, South Africa) will lecture on Friday 23rd March 2018 on her fictional prose on modern South Africa and the aftermath of slavery times.


Rozena Maart

Prof. Rozena Maart was born in District Six, the old slave quarter of the Cape. She and her family along with one hundred thousand people were forcibly removed in 1973 as part of the governments’ Forced Removal Act. She writes fiction and non-fiction and will be talking to us about her short story collection, Rosa’s District Six, which won the The Journey Prize for Best Short Fiction in Canada, in 1992, and her latest book, The Slave Girls.
In 1987, at the age of 24, Rozena Maart was nominated to the “Woman of the Year” award hosted in Johannesburg, for her work in the area of violence against women and for starting, with four women, the first Black feminist organization in Cape Town, South Africa, Women Against Repression [W.A.R].
Her first novel The Writing Circle was chosen as one of the TOP TEN novels in South Africa. The book made the short-list for the Ama Ato Aidoo award hosted by African Studies Association in the United States.

Prof. Maart teaches at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa. She is also the recipient of the William R Jones award, a lifetime achievement award for her work in Philosophy Born of Struggle.

Venue: Bushuis room F0.21, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
Time: 18.00-19.00
Entrance: free

The lecture is organized by the chair Dutch-Caribbean Literature, Prof. Michiel van Kempen

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