Amazwi Literature Heritage Ecology Conference 2024

Amazwi South African Museum of Literature will host the annual ‘Literature, Heritage, Ecology’ Conference on 19 and 20 March 2024. The programme is free and open to the public. It includes a range of interesting and accessible presentations, as well as a number of exciting events. The full programme will take place at Amazwi’s headquarters in Makhanda, in the museum’s theatre.The annual Amazwi Literature, Heritage and Ecology Conference, now in its 20th year, aims to foster cooperation and interaction between the humanities and the sciences. The two arenas of knowledge can more effectively take action on the social-ecological crisis if they act together. Together, the humanities and the sciences can co-generate deeper and more accessible knowledge than they can in isolation and communicate that knowledge more effectively.




Conference Programme and Registration

The Programme for the 2024 Amazwi Literature Heritage Ecology Conference includes a range of perspectives from the fields of literature, heritage and the environmental sciences.

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Register for the conference here

Conference Programme and Registration

The Programme for the 2024 Amazwi Literature Heritage Ecology Conference includes a range of perspectives from the fields of literature, heritage and the environmental sciences.

Click on the thumbnails to view each page of the programme. Click once more to enlarge.

Register for the conference here


Professor Dan Wylie, Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Prof. Dan Wylie is the founder of the Literature, Heritage, Ecology Conference, now in its 20th year. His keynote presentation is titled ‘Webs’ and he describes it as “A story; a posse of perspectives; a picture; a poem; and the prospect for hope.” He is Professor Emeritus in English at Rhodes University, Makhanda.

Dan Wylie has published two books on the Zulu leader Shaka: Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka and Myth of Iron: Shaka in History. Other works include a memoir, Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War; and several volumes of poetry, short fiction and criticism. These include Raven Games: New and Collected Poems; and Intimate Lightning: Sydney Clouts, Poet. Most recently, he has concentrated on ecological and animal concerns in literature. Related publications are Elephant and Crocodile; Slow Fires, a book of poems with etchings by Roxandra Britz; and Death & Compassion: The Elephant in Southern African Literature.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Prof. Dan Wylie is the founder of the Literature, Heritage, Ecology Conference, now in its 20th year. His keynote presentation is titled ‘Webs’ and he describes it as “A story; a posse of perspectives; a picture; a poem; and the prospect for hope.” He is Professor Emeritus in English at Rhodes University, Makhanda.

Dan Wylie has published two books on the Zulu leader Shaka: Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka and Myth of Iron: Shaka in History. Other works include a memoir, Dead Leaves: Two Years in the Rhodesian War; and several volumes of poetry, short fiction and criticism. These include Raven Games: New and Collected Poems; and Intimate Lightning: Sydney Clouts, Poet. Most recently, he has concentrated on ecological and animal concerns in literature. Related publications are Elephant and Crocodile; Slow Fires, a book of poems with etchings by Roxandra Britz; and Death & Compassion: The Elephant in Southern African Literature.



Presenter Profiles

This page introduces the conference presenters. Each presenter has a profile that introduces them and gives a brief overview of their presentation. The times of their presentations are given in the profile.

Presenter Profiles

This page introduces the conference presenters. Each presenter has a profile that introduces them and gives a brief overview of their presentation. The times of their presentations are given in the profile.



Conference Activities

There are a number of exciting events and activities happening in association with the Literature, Heritage, Ecology Conference.

19 March | 17:30 for 18:00 | Authors reading from their work | Dan Wylie, Harry Owen, Babette Gallard and Mzwamadoda Mvimbeli, at Amazwi.

20 March | 18:00 | A screening of the film ‘!Aitsa’, a documentary film directed by Dane Dodds. In the Amazwi Theatre. Film starts at 18:00 sharp!

19 and 20 March | 'Harmony of Science and Art: Sound Postcard Exhibition' can be experienced in Amazwis' Activity Room.

21 March | A ‘Hiku Hike’ | Held in association with the conference and facilitated by author Silke Heiss. R250 per person, in the Makhanda Botanical Gardens. Bookings are essential and should be made with Silke Heiss at 0662546846 (WhatsApp).

Register for the conference here

Enquries | info@amazwi.museum | 046 622 7042 (office hours)

Conference Activities

There are a number of exciting events and activities happening in association with the Literature, Heritage, Ecology Conference.

19 March | 17:30 for 18:00 | Authors reading from their work | Dan Wylie, Harry Owen, Babette Gallard and Mzwamadoda Mvimbeli, at Amazwi.

20 March | 18:00 | A screening of the film ‘!Aitsa’, a documentary film directed by Dane Dodds. In the Amazwi Theatre. Film starts at 18:00 sharp!

19 and 20 March | 'Harmony of Science and Art: Sound Postcard Exhibition' can be experienced in Amazwis' Activity Room.

21 March | A ‘Hiku Hike’ | Held in association with the conference and facilitated by author Silke Heiss. R250 per person, in the Makhanda Botanical Gardens. Bookings are essential and should be made with Silke Heiss at 0662546846 (WhatsApp).

Register for the conference here

Enquries | info@amazwi.museum | 046 622 7042 (office hours)