Virtual Gallery
Explore our creative work submissions right on your computer or mobile device in 3D space.
Workshops
Registration, information, and access to our virtual workshops.
 
CREATIVE WORK
Explore our creative work submissions right on your computer or mobile device in 2D space.
PRESENTATIONS
Read, watch, and listen to the supporting material for our live panels.
 

19 OCTOBER - 13 NOVEMBER 2020

Discussions on the topic of breath have become pertinent with the coronavirus affecting how we think about breath and breathing; lungs and livelihoods; and as we bear witness to the asphyxiation of the planet and people at the hands of the powerful and privileged.

The symposium brings together academics, artists, activists and practitioners who work on the
intersections of social sciences, humanities, health sciences, arts and activism to creatively think
about the many ways that breath and breathing feature in our everyday lives. We invite you to join us to collectively explore themes around breath – the physical processes to inhale, or inspire – and
exhale, or expire – as well as metaphorical or conceptual extensions of what it means to inspire and expire.

The program features diverse presentation formats including academic panels, poetry, photography film, and music.

We invite you to view our virtual gallery where we will be posting creative work which
can be accessed over the period of the symposium. We will also have academic panels every week,
virtual workshops, and keynote speakers.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Ela Manga, Integrative Medical Practitioner

Integrative Medical Practitioner

Dr Ela Manga is an integrated medical doctor, author, speaker, facilitator and a leading voice in the field of mind-body medicine and wellness in Southern Africa and abroad. Ela challenges her audience and is not afraid to bring a disruptive element to the conversation. She does this from a place of deep compassion and insight gained through interactions with her clients, continuous scientific research, and a deep knowledge of ancient wisdom.

Ela is a sought-after speaker, both locally and internationally, and has a revolutionary way of facilitating groups for profound transformation. She has worked with organisations such as Unilever, Deloitte, Avis, Absa, GiBs, RMB, Nedbank, Bain, Primedia, Hogan Lovell, KLM Empowered, L’Oreal, Xavant, Glucode, CIO Anywhere, Sumbandila Scholarship Trust, and Caleo Capital.

Ela is at the forefront of spreading the art and science of breathwork in Africa. She is the founder of Breathwork Africa, an organisation that offers training and support to breathwork practitioners across the African Continent and is committed to empowering individuals and communities with a simple tool for self-awareness and healing.

She is an expert in the field of energy management and burnout. Her first book BREATHE: Strategising Energy in the Age of Burnout, is fast becoming the go to guide for managing energy and optimising physical and mental health.

Social Links

Talk Title: The Art and Science of Conscious Breathing
Time: 15:00
Date: Friday 30 October 2020

Prof. Jane Macnaughton

Director, Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham

Jane Macnaughton is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University in the UK and Director of the University’s Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH). After an initial degree in History and English she studied medicine and was Dean of Undergraduate Medicine at Durham until the medical programme transferred to Newcastle University in 2017. She is now a professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Jane has been centrally involved in the development of medical humanities in the UK since 1998. She was part of the working group that set up the Association for Medical Humanities in 2001, and she established the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research in 2013. Jane has been a member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group for established career awards in medical humanities since 2010. Jane currently holds two large awards from the Wellcome Trust: a Development Grant for the Institute for Medical Humanities and a Senior Investigator Award for her project, the Life of Breath.

This interdisciplinary project involves colleagues from literary studies, anthropology, history, philosophy, clinical medicine and neuroscience, and aims to use this combined disciplinary power to influence management in chronic breathlessness. Her research broadly focusses on the idea of the ‘symptom’: its initial appearance, development and evolution in connection with medical contexts, habits and technologies. She continues to be clinically active and is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Social Links

Talk Title: ‘The breath of degradation’: why is breathlessness invisible?
Time: 16:30
Date: Thursday 12 November 2020

PROGRAMME

19 OCTOBER - 13 NOVEMBER 2020

PROGRAM

Week FOUR

 PresenterTitleDateType 
Naledi MokoenaThe Dance between Breath & Death
Monday 9 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Khulile NxumaloFayaWaNaledi (Fire of Naledi) Monday 9 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Chisomo KalingaSongs and Stories as the Key of Life: Understanding the role of narrative in inspiring healthMonday 9 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Ziyanda Majombozi“Ndiphefumla Ngenxeba”: Experiences of Mothering in a PandemicTuesday 10 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Angelique ThomasSneezing bullets/ Breathing in this lifetime- a letter to my little peopleTuesday 10 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Nosipho MngomezuluHold for sixty, none, two and seven: a recipe for disaster managementTuesday 10 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Lebohang Masango10 000 StoriesWednesday 11 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Thokozani MthiyaneUntitledWednesday 11 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Nixon Malamulo
Imagination power
Wednesday 11 November 2020, 15:00Creative WorkView Artwork


Workshop

Deirdre Blackie (Dee)Exhale challenges/Inhale empowermentWednesday 11 November 2020, 10:00WorkshopRegister


Megan WainwrightPolicy and practice of home oxygen therapy in public and private health care – case studies from South Africa and UruguayWednesday 11 November 2020, 13:00Loss of BreathRegister Now
Leslie SwartzMy mother’s lungsWednesday 11 November 2020, 13:00Loss of BreathRegister Now
Kate BinnieBreath-Body-Mind integrationWednesday 11 November 2020, 13:00Loss of BreathRegister Now
Lenart ŠkofFrom breath to respiratory philosophyWednesday 11 November 2020, 13:00Loss of BreathRegister Now
Motlatsi KhosiBreathing through the noise: The illustration and practice of Critical race theoryWednesday 11 November 2020, 15:00SuffocationRegister Now
Divine FuhNerds, Bullies and Nannies: Breathing care into the post covid-19 universityWednesday 11 November 2020, 15:00SuffocationRegister Now
Angelo FickBreath, Eyes, Public Memory: representing the basic elements of life in a time of crisisWednesday 11 November 2020, 15:00SuffocationRegister Now
Desiree LewisFood Breath and the AnthropoceneWednesday 11 November 2020, 15:00SuffocationRegister Now


Keynote Lecture

Jane MacnaughtonThe breath of degradation’: why is breathlessness invisible?Thursday 12 November 2020, 16:30Keynote LectureRegister Now


Ilze Mari Wessels

Vuyolwethu Reoagile
WOM{B}_NIFESTOSThursday 12 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Matthew HahnTupumue / Let Us BreatheThursday 12 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Antony KaminjuLockdown DiariesFriday 13 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork
Dananayi MuwanigwaFighting for BreathFriday 13 November 2020, 12:00Creative WorkView Artwork

Register

GET ACCESS TO NOTIFICATIONS

Enter your name and e-mail address below to be notified about up-coming events:

* indicates required