The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC) will host several public events in association with the  Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) on 10 and 11 July 2014.

The JWTC is an experiment in global conversation based in the South. Located in Johannesburg, it seeks to be a critical node in the re-territorialising of global intellectual production. The JWTC is a centre for theoretical work that takes seriously a position in the South, while addressing international conversations and problématiques. It takes the labour of theory and criticism to be significant political work that is crucial to the experimentation in social forms.

Each year the JWTC hosts a long international workshop on a theme that emerges from the South African context, but has global implications. The 2014 theme, Archives of the Non-Racial, seeks to read the history of the South African struggle against forms of racial subjugation into and with an international struggles against racism.

Public Platform: Gina Dent and Neo Muyanga
Thursday 10 July 14:30 – 17:00
Hiddingh Hall
Admission free, no booking required

Diaspora, Afro-Pessimism and Black Popular Culture will explore the concept of the popular through the traditions of critical race theory and feminism. Gina Dent, Director of the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research at the University of California Santa Cruz, will consider the political possibilities and shortcomings of Black popular culture. She will be in conversation with acclaimed South African composer and musician, Neo Muyanga, who will reflect on his ongoing work about traditions of protest music in South Africa in a lecture-performance, Revolting Music.

Concert: Neo Muyanga’s Kwacha Trinity
Friday 11 July 20:00 – 21:00
Hiddingh Hall
Tickets: R100 – available through webtickets and at the door

“Speculative dirty dance music by Africans in Africa, for Africans everywhere. Because deep, deep down, we are all Africans.”

Sylvaine Baloubeta – bass, voice
Texito Langa – drums, voice
Neo Muyanga –  voice, piano, guitar & sampler
Dance party: South < > South with DJs Ntone Edjabe, The General, The Smiling Lion and MC Roberta Estrela D’ Alva
Friday 11 July 21:30
Hiddingh Hall
Tickets: R70 – available through webtickets and at the door

Southern moves inspired by southern beats. Johannesburg-based DJ sthe General and the Smiling Lion join DJ Ntone Edjabe, for a night like no other in Cape Town.

For more information, visit

JWTC – 10 July 2014  audio recording available for download.

JWTC  – 11 July 2014 audio recording available for download.

Start: 10 Jul ’14

End: 11 Jul ’14


Organizer: JWTC

Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 480 7156

Address: UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001