Reclaiming Agency takes a critical look at race and identity

Speakers and participants:

Dr Allan Boesak, Mazibuko Jara, Gertrude Fester, Solly Moeng, Patric Tariq Mellet,
Tony Ehrenreich, Rudi Buys, Stan Henkeman, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Zenzile Khoisan, Gail van Breda, Diana Ferrus, Jean Nangwala, Lorenzo Davids, Fatima Swartz, Farrell Hunter, Sarah Henkeman, Ruben Richards, Lucy Campbell.

Reclaiming Agency 2018 is an initiative of Cornerstone Institute in partnership with the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), District Six Museum, Guga Sthebe Arts & Culture Centre, Community Chest, and Catholic Welfare and Development Athlone Cultural Hub.

We will bring together community-based organisations and individuals, NGOs, higher education institutions, artists, poets, researchers, authors and social activists under the theme of ‘Reclaiming Agency’. This is an opportunity to reflect on various sub-themes pertaining to the perceived and real loss of advocacy we have experienced in recent times. The focus will be on how activists, artists, students, researchers and writers – advocates of social justice and human dignity – deal with crucial issues such as identity, the role of NGOs and the importance of documenting and sharing our stories.

Noel Daniels, Cornerstone Institute’s CEO says: “Reclaiming Agency 2018 is a deep reflection of who we are as people, the journey we’ve travelled and the need to reclaim lost agency. We need to reinvest in agency as we seem to have divested, making the championing of causes someone else’s responsibility. How do we begin to reclaim lost spaces so that we can collectively create the world we want to be in?”

That is the key question that will be addressed in these reflections. We will focus on contemporary writings that reflect these themes through conversations, panel discussions, roundtables, talks, lectures, workshops, poetry readings and discussions.

The Reclaiming Agency series of events mark the end of another successful year at Cornerstone Institute before the organisation moves its campus in January 2019 to the Cape Town CBD.

We invite the public, media, to be part of this exciting initiative from Sunday 11 to Tuesday 13 November 2018 and to support our efforts to reclaim agency.


All events are free of charge.




For more information and interviews contact:

Thembela Mgudlwa

Media Liaison & Communications Officer

021 448 0050 / 083 663 4242

Email: [email protected]

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