BOOK LAUNCH – Moving Words: Poetry In/As Research

Join us today (23 September 2021) at 15:30 – 17:30 (SAST) for the launch of a new book edited by maHp/ACMS postdoctoral researcher Duduzile Ndlovu, Moving Words: Poetry In/ As Research. The collection is a compelling new look at the role that poetry can play in research, and is the output of the Moving Words project. Each of the authors will give you a taste of reflections on poetry. We will hear about the multifaceted opportunities that poetry offers to reconfigure power dynamics; reflect on issues of representation, and reaffirm the importance of care in our research and our teaching. The authors will be in conversation with Mari Pete and John Marnell. Click here to RSVP for this book launch.

About Duduzile Ndlovu

Dudu Ndlovu is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand where she completed her PhD in 2017. She is a recipient of a Newton Advanced Fellowship (2018-2020) through which, she is developing a decolonial arts based research agenda using poetic inquiry.

Dr Ndlovu’s research interests include: exploring arts-based research methods as a form of decolonising knowledge production; interrogating intersectionality through narrative work; and analysing the gendered politics of memory. She has used this approach in research exploring mobility, transitional justice, memory and emerging politics in Africa’s rapidly growing cities’ populations.

Dr Ndlovu’s PhD thesis explored Zimbabwean migrants’ use of art (poetry, music, drama, film) to navigate precarious lives; speak about violence – including the Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe and xenophobia in South Africa, and memorialise those events.

Dr Ndlovu is passionate about research communication to wider audiences beyond the academy. She translated her PhD dissertation into poetry as a strategy to include the research participants.