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Title:Applied drama and theatre as an interdisciplinary field in the context of HIV/AIDS in Africa
Editor:Barnes, Hazel
Periodical:Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (ISSN 0932-9714)
City of publisher:Amsterdam
ISBN:9789042038066; 9789401210539
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:health education
External link:https://brill.com/view/journals/mata/43/1/mata.43.issue-1.xml
Abstract:This issue presents a set of research essays written to facilitate dialogue across disciplines on the role of drama and theatre in HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and rehabilitation. Reflections are offered on present praxis and the media, as well as on innovative research approaches in an interdisciplinary paradigm, along with HIV/AIDS education via performance poetry and other experimental methods such as participant-led workshops. Topics include: the call for a move away from the binaries of much critical pedagogy; a project, undertaken in Ghana and Malawi with people living with AIDS, to create and present theatre; the contradictions between global and local expectations of applied drama and theatre methodology, in relation to folk media, participation, and syncretism. Three case studies from South Africa report on: mapping as a creative device for playmaking; the methodology of Themba Interactive Theatre; and applying drama with women living with HIV in the Zandspruit Informal Settlement. The essays validate the importance of play in both energizing those in positions of hopelessness and enabling the distancing essential to observe one's situation and enable change. The book stimulates the ongoing investigation of current practice and extends an invitation to further develop innovative approaches. Several contributions are about South Africa, other countries include Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The authors are: Hazel Barnes, Patrick Mangeni, David Kerr, Emelda Ngufor Samba, Gordon Bilbrough, Rebecca Ann Rugg, Nehemiah Chivandikwa, Diana Wilson, Karen Suter, Selloane Mokuku, Johannes Visser, Alexandra Sutherland, Galia Boneh, Kennedy Chinyowa, Jamie Lachman, Myer Taub, Remo Chipatiso, and Tendai Mtukwa. [ASC Leiden abstract]