intersect is a two-day symposium comprising talks, performances, a film screening, and discussion panels. The event will bring academia and the creative arts together to interrogate the intersecting themes of race, gender, class and sexual identity.

The forcible separation of struggles in South Africa has often led to singular readings of race, gender, class and sexual identity. As a result, intersectionality has emerged at the forefront of contemporary discourse. Some intersections have been viewed as divisive, while others are seen as productive and rich. How do we press on with these discourses without delegitimising or deprioritising the struggle for equality on any of these issues?

At intersect, speakers, performers and artists will offer a range of perspectives and formulations for approaching this topic. Through this interdisicplinary aproach, it is hoped that space for dialogue and discussion may ensue. The event features: 

  • Keynote addresses by: academic and author, Pumla Gqola; poet, short story writer and novelist, Mandla Langa; academic, Kopano Ratele; and founder and editor of Vanguard Magazine, Panashe Chigumadzi
  • Performances by: spoken-word poet, Koleka Putuma; dancer and choreographer, Sbonakaliso Ndaba, and performance artist, Sethembile Msezane
  • A screening of Khalo Matabane’s documentary, NelsonMandela: The Myth & Me, followed by a panel discussion

[Image: Sethembile Msezane Love in the Time of Afrophobia; photo Siphumeze Khundayi]

Download the full intersect programme.

intersect takes place at the Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Gardens Cape Town 8001 from: 17:30 – 22:15 on Friday 12 February, and from 9:00 – 13:30 on Saturday 13 February 2016. Refreshments will be served, no booking is necessary and all are welcome.

For more information contact the GIPCA office on +27 21 650 7156 or

Download the intersect audio recording 12 February 2016

Download the intersect audio recording 13 February 2016

Start: 12 Feb ’16 5:30 pm

End: 13 Feb ’16 1:30 pm

Cost: Free


Organizer: GIPCA


Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Phone: +27 21 650 7156

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