Kelly Gillespie

Grant Type

Workshop Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Western Cape, U. of the

Grant number

Gr. CONF-861

Approve Date

February 1, 2021

Project Title

Gillespie , Kelly (Western Cape, U. of the) "Speculative Practice and the Politics of the Wayward"

This is a proposal for a 10-day international itinerant workshop through South Africa, Namibia and SouthWestern Angola titled ‘Speculative Practice and the Politics of the Wayward’. The workshop is prompted by an invitation from an Angolan artist—Victor Gama—working on the life, anti-colonial ethnographic practice, and probable assassination of Angolan anthropologist Augusto Zita N’Gonguenho. Augusto Zita’s speculative research practice in the desert of Southern Angola intersected with the Apartheid South African nuclear project, an encounter that would not have been possible if the anthropologist had not been following a wayward trajectory through the desert. The workshop will be hosted at the site of the road on which Augusto Zita was killed, where Victor Gama is establishing a research site on the anthropologist and the surrounds of the road in the desert. The workshop will work at the seams of art and anthropology, archive and ethnography, political realism and speculation to open a set of multimodal propositions on the aftermaths of colonial and apartheid violence and the possibilities and dangers of waywardness as a method and an orientation.