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22 August 2018
Prof Coetzee is retelling old stories in a new book
"Failing to Learn Doomed to repeat" was one of the bookworks on display.

The title of Prof Jan K Coetzee’s latest book, Books & Bones & Other Things, says it all. The book looks into the many aspects that have built our society by presenting in a new way the stories contained in old books collected over the years. 

Prof Coetzee is a Senior Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Books & Bones & Other Things was launched on 14 August 2018 and coincided with an exhibition of various “bookworks”   art installations by Prof Coetzee that feature old books, sculptures, artefacts, and fossils.
 
Book resulting from research programme 
   

“This is a book on books so the library is the perfect venue to launch a book on old texts as documents of life,” said Prof Coetzee.

For the past seven years he has been directing a Master’s and PhD programme in Sociology called The Narrative Study of Lives. His project, Documents of Life, from which this book came, focuses on a collection of old texts the oldest of which dates back to 1605.

“We live in storytelling societies and for as long as we can remember we have been telling stories. Over time the ability to produce books was born. Any collection of books can tell you a lot about your own life and the society you live in."

“I cannot read the stories of many of these old books because their narratives are closed. I have to re-narrate the books, change the narrative convention and present them in a way that makes sense to me. By combining the books with art and artefacts I want the books to tell their ancient stories in new ways.”

Book launches and intellectual discussions

At the book launch, Prof Corli Witthuhn, Vice-Rector: Research said: “What we have achieved with this launch and exhibition is unbelievable. We always try to create an intellectual space in the library.

“A book such as this is the pinnacle of an academic career. It is multidisciplinary and it looks at the world in a different way. That is what scholarship is about.”

A painting by Robert Hodgins was also handed over to the Johannes Stegmann Gallery, home of the corporate collection of the UFS, at the event. 

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Rugby, die Ga(y)me (Afr), 25-29 August 2009
2009-08-07

Rugby, die Ga(y)me (Afr)
25-29 August 2009
Scaena Rehearsal Room
19:30


“Rugby, die Ga(y)me”, is a brand new script out of the pen of award winning young writer, Ilne Fourie. It is the first time that Fourie puts her hand to a one-man show. The script tells the story of Jottie, a young boy who struggles with his own identity and with gaining recognition and support from his rugby infatuated father, who wants nothing more than his own little rugby hero on the sport grounds; the only problem is: Jottie doesn’t want to play rugby. The script delves deep into Jottie’s upbringing, exploring his first loves and his greatest losses.

“Rugby, die Ga(y)me” is directed by DeBeer Cloete, director of “MURE”, an avant-garde production earlier this year. Cloete has also been involved in two SPAT (Sanlam Prize for Afrikaans Theatre) winning productions (“Zollie” 2005 and “Lewensreg” 2007) and is awarded double University Colours in 2005 and 2006. The role of Jottie will be portrayed by Heinrich Keogh, a familiar face to Volksblad Arts Festival goers where he played the title role in “Boer Manie se Melk word Suur”. Other appearances by this young actor include roles in “Alladdin” (2008), “Romeo and Juliet” (2006) and “the Jubileum” (2008).

Tickets for this production are available through Computicket and shows will start at 19:30 every evening from the 25th to the 29th of August in the Scaena Rehearsal Room.

 

 

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