Posts In: maHp News

Sex work and the law: Should SA decriminalise sex work?

August 16, 2017 0 Comments

maHp student interns Muluti Phiri and Erika Massoud reflect on the ‘Sex work and the law: Should SA decriminalise sex work?’ dialogue, which was recently hosted by the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), and Mail & Guardian.

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Examining the use of participatory visual and narrative methods to explore the lived experience of migrants in Southern Africa

August 10, 2017 0 Comments and

In this paper, we explore the opportunities – and challenges – associated with visual research methodologies.

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Negotiating the city: Exploring the intersecting vulnerabilities of non-national migrant mothers who sell sex in Johannesburg, South Africa

August 3, 2017 0 Comments and

This article explores the intersecting vulnerabilities of non-national migrant mothers who sell sex in Johannesburg, South Africa – one of the most unequal cities in the world.

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Before you judge me, KNOW MY STORY: review by Joy Watson

July 26, 2017 0 Comments

Nasty Women blogger Joy Watson reviews maHp’s KNOW MY STORY participatory arts-based research project.

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Semantics in migration policy making and why they (should) matter

July 13, 2017 0 Comments

Researcher Kuda Vanyoro blogs about the recent Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which was themed ‘Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Now: Mechanics of a Compact Worth Agreeing to’.

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Before you judge me, KNOW MY STORY! (public exhibition and discussion)

July 7, 2017 0 Comments

This exhibition showcases the pictures, collages and stories created during the KNOW MY STORY project; an arts-based research that explored the lives, struggles and reasons for selling sex. The event will include a discussion, dance performance, and role play.

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A productive tension in the messages from Nelspruit and Makhado

Visual researcher Quinten Williams provides some thoughts on the partnership that underpins the research and social activism of the Sex Worker Poster Project.

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A day to day account of a participatory arts-based workshop

This blog entry offers a facilitator’s glance into the day to day activities that comprise a participatory arts-based workshop conducted in partnership with a grassroots activist organisation.

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Lessons learned from a student field trip

June 6, 2017 0 Comments

maHp intern Edward Govere blogs about a recent field trip to Bushbuckridge and Musina. The objective of the trip was to expand the students’ knowledge of international migrant workers who live and work on farms, as well as some of the most remote rural areas in South Africa.

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Work and wellbeing on the urban periphery

The latest maHp research collaboration with Security at the Margins (SeaM) sought to understand the labour and health/wellbeing conditions that informal artisanal small-scale mining (ASM) communities on the periphery of Johannesburg reside in (download the full report here).

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Gender, violence and sexuality: Collaborations for social justice at the intersection of academia, activism and art

May 12, 2017 0 Comments

We invite you to join us for a symposium featuring collaborative projects at the intersection of academia, activism and art. We will discuss three approaches to research and activism for social justice in the field of gender, violence and sexuality.

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The bodies behind the ban

May 10, 2017 0 Comments

As we marked the first 100 days of a Trump presidency riddled by fear, fake news and chaos, it is worth reflecting on the bodies affected by some of the more harsh policies and rhetoric that have been unleashed by the new American president.

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Illegal Immigrant

Postdoctoral researcher Duduzile Ndlovu blogs about presenting her PhD thesis back to the research participants she had worked with, using poetry.

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Beyond the single story: creative research approaches with migrant sex workers in South Africa

This article shares insights into why we need to think differently about ways of doing research with marginalised migrant groups – including migrant sex workers in South Africa.

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(Well)Being in the City: a focus on health and migration in Johannesburg

April 21, 2017 0 Comments

In this issue, insights into how migration and mobility are mediating health within an African urban context are brought together.The papers bring the voices of different urban migrant groups to the fore and provide fresh perspectives on approaches for exploring how to research and respond to migration, mobility, and urban health in southern Africa. Advocating for mixed method and multi-disciplinary approaches, the papers provide important contributions to multi-disciplinary thinking around complex social issues.

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Poking the wound – research, stories and process – thinking through the complexities

April 20, 2017 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS postdoctoral researcher Becky Walker’s latest blog reflections on her current arts-based research project with migrant women/mothers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi who live in inner-city Johannesburg, and are seeking asylum. 

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The Art of Science Communication

One of the key features of the broader maHp is to “explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge”. In an effort to build skills within the team and start some of the conversations around how and why researchers should be engaged in research communication, three maHp researchers and PhD candidates signed up for the ‘Science Communication: trends, challenges and innovations’ online course.

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Reflections on the “Analysing Patient Mobility, Migration and Health” workshop

April 11, 2017 0 Comments

maHp researcher Tackson Makandwa reflects on the “Analysing Patient Mobility, Migration and Health” workshop, recently co-hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with the University of York and the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS).

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Zille’s Tweets and History’s Miasma

Helen Zille, the former leader of South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), and premier of the Western Cape, casually invoked, in a series of tweets, one of the continued liberal myths of colonisation – that Europeans brought advanced and widespread medical care to the colonies.

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A Vibrant Civil Society, a Free Press, and an Independent Judiciary – last remaining bastions of democratic South Africa

March 24, 2017 0 Comments

The obligation to uphold the constitution and advance the realisation of rights for people living in South Africa has fallen on a combination of three pillars: the press, the courts and NGOs.

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