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Jay Pather is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town, Director of Institute on Creative Arts  and Creative Arts and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke.  A Fulbright Scholar, he read for an MA in Dance Theatre at New York University and since then Pather’s work has traveled widely extending across discipline, site and culture. He has collaborated with visual artists, architects and urban planners, since 1984, taking his inter-cultural performances into public spaces and working with the architecture of Johannesburg, Durban, London, Zanzibar, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, Mumbai, Muscat, New Delhi, Copenhagen and Cape Town.


Chris Ouma received his BA (1st class hons) in the Literature Theatre and Film Department at Moi University, Eldoret Kenya. After completing his MA in 2007 in the Department of African literature at University of the Witwatersrand, Chris went on to receive his doctorate in 2011 in the same department, where he worked under the Andrew W Mellon mentorship program. He specialised in new diasporic African fiction and focused on childhood as a set of ideas for engaging with contemporary African identity formation. In looking at the recurrent figures, images and memories of childhood the study engages with a range of ideas around memory, alternative archives, heritages, legacies, traditions and genealogies of identity and identity-making. Chris’s work has since then sought to find the connections between childhood and contemporary diasporic African identities, especially around the politics of cultural production and the migration of material cultures across continents.
Chris is co-founder of the Diaspora Working Group (DWG) at UCT. He is currently co-editor of the journal Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies.


Amrita Pande is a lecturer in the Sociology department at University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research primarily focuses on globalization, gendered bodies and gendered work spaces, new reproductive technologies and new forms of social movements. Her work has appeared in Gender and Society, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Feminist Studies, Indian Journal of Gender Studies and in several edited volumes. She is currently writing a monograph based on her multi-year ethnographic study of surrogacy clinics in India. She is also involved as a performer and educator in a theatre production, Notes From a Baby Farm: Made in India, based on her work on surrogacy. Her other ongoing projects include research and advocacy work on the sponsorship (kafala) system of migration and its effects on the lived experiences of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.


Shose Kessi is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at UCT. The focus of her research is on community-based empowerment and social change, particularly exploring how to address issues of identity, such as race, class, and gender, that impact on people’s participation in transformation efforts. She is currently working on the development of Photovoice methodology as a research tool that can raise consciousness and mobilize community groups into social action.  Before joining UCT, Shose worked in the development sector in the area of reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and programme evaluation. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the London School of Economics and is a fellow of the WEB DuBois Research Institute, Hutchins Centre, Harvard University.


Floretta Boonzaier is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Cape Town. Her work spans feminist, critical, social and postcolonial psychologies, with interests in intersectional subjectivities, youth subjectivities, gendered and sexual identifications, participatory methodologies and gendered violence. She co-authored South African Women Living with HIV: Global lessons from local voices published by Indiana University Press, and wrote for Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations, published by Routledge, 2014. Her work has appeared in journals such as Feminism & Psychology, British Journal of Criminology, Culture, Health & Sexuality, Journal of Gender Studies and Violence Against Women. In 2010 she received the runner-up award in the South African Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science awards, for the category of Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in the Social Sciences or Humanities. She is an alumna Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. She also serves on the board of the NGO, RAPCAN (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect).