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Launch of the JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES archive and colloquium proceedings

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The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience and the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) take great pleasure officially launching the JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES archive and colloquium proceedings. Following the inaugural 2021 JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES colloquium held on-line in June 2021, we are delighted to launch the MASIHAMBISANE archive that will become a living and growing free and open access digital archive that will support focused South African and African (and Diaspora) dance scholarship and research in an accessible and community-driven manner while supporting inventive ways of engaging dance/performance scholarship, practice, and practice-led research.

This archive – as it grows annually – will continue to imagine new and innovative ways of sharing and archiving knowledge that helps support a community of African (and African Diaspora) dance scholars and practitioners in representing and theorising themselves. We also continue to welcome support in this endeavour from key partners in India, Europe and the Americas.  

Over and above the benefit of pushing dance scholarship and research in South Africa and Africa, these archives are a valuable resource (for all performing arts and Humanities scholars) in tracking performance-based dialogues that allow artists and dancers to have a space to articulate and interrogate their own practices in a safe and supportive environment.   

The archive has been made possible with the support of the National Institute of Humanities and Social Science (NIHSS),

Join us on-line for the launch where Dr. Lliane Loots (curator and artistic Director of JOMBA!) will speak with JOMBA! MASIHAMBISANE DIALOGUES editorial and steering team around the process and value of setting up this archive. Promising a lively conversation, Loots will be joined by David April (University of Pretoria – SA), Gift Marovatsanga (University of Zululand -SA), Clare Craighead (Durban University of Technology – SA), Thobile Maphanga (University if KwaZulu-Natal -SA), Dr. Sarahleigh Castelyn (University of East London – UK) and Prof. Yvette Hutchison (Warwick University – UK)

The digital archive can be found via the JOMBA! website: and will be available following the launch.


Wednesday 27 October at 6pm (1hr)

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