As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents Stellenbosch University academic, Grace A. Musila.

Musila will present A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder.

Julie Ward was a 28-year old British tourist who travelled to Kenya in 1988. After a few months in Nairobi, she drove to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve to photograph the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti National Park into Maasai Mara. On 6 September 1988, she was reported missing and six days later, her partly burnt remains were found in the game reserve.

Based on Musila’s book of the same title, this lecture explores readings of and inscriptions on Julie Ward’s life and death as important windows into British and Kenyan imaginaries on a wide range of issues – including race relations in postcolonial Africa; perceptions of female sexual moralities; the workings of state power and transnational capital, among other issues.

Read an interview with Musila here:

Grace A. Musila is Associate Professor in the English Department at Stellenbosch University, and a fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS). Her research interests include Gender Studies, Eastern and Southern African literatures and African popular culture.

The lecture, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place from 17:30 – 19:00 on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town.

Musila’s book, A Death Retold in Truth and Rumour: Kenya, Britain and the Julie Ward Murder will be on sale at the lecture.

Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

For more information, contact the ICA office: +27 21 650 7156 or

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

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