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"Commodification of Culture and Visions of the Rural in Matobo" Public Lecture by Kupakwashe Mtata

26.06.2019 - 19:00 Uhr

Life in the villages in the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe seems to quintessentially demonstrate the notion of “the rural,” particularly when it is juxtaposed with practices in the neighboring city of Bulawayo. However, links between town and country undermine the rural-urban dichotomy in a number of fundamental ways. This presentation explores challenges to the rural-urban divide through an analysis of some practices and contestations in Ntabaemnyama, Dewe, Njelele and Fumugwe villages. It also proposes a way by which the ideas of “rural” and “urban”can be more profitably conceptualized.

Kupakwashe Mtata worked as a doctoral and postdoctoral researcher in the Bayreuth Academy’s Visions of Nature subproject. His research interests include religion and nature as well as religion as a force of change.

And stay tuned for our upcoming events: 

  • 2. July, 20:00: Queer Gardening in North America, a documentary film by Ella von der Haide, presented by Sübkültur (Forum Phoinix)
  • 22. July, 18:30: Public Lecture by Basil Ibrahim

For more information, please contact amiel.bize@uni-bayreuth.de

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Nadja Bscherer

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