n SAMUS : South African Music Studies - Interruption : you’re in chains too - node 2 - the lit

Volume 36-37 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2223-635X


On 18 November 2016, the Stellenbosch University Staff Student Collective (an informal grouping of students and staff who met intermittently during 2015/2016 to facilitate dialogue and address student needs and concerns arising from the Fallist movement), in collaboration with Africa Open – Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University and the South African Jazz Cultures and the Archive Project at the University of York (a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship project designed to facilitate a critical engagement with archival initiatives in South African jazz), presented #YoureInChainsToo, a jazz and poetry concert in Stellenbosch. Starting at 7:00 pm in the Kruiskerk, the event took place in solidarity with victims of violence resulting from the student protests and the security response to these protests and sought to highlight the plight of students who had been wrongfully persecuted by excessive force and unprovoked police brutality. By jointly arranging a creative reflection on events that had taken place in the recent past on South African campuses, students and staff from Stellenbosch University wanted to start restoring trust between different members of the university community by acknowledging the pain and reflecting on the trauma of students. The organisers wished to allow students and staff to express concern about the effects of securitisation on university campuses and to rally materially to support those students who found themselves in dire circumstances.

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