Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development

“Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development is a massive undertaking by thoughtful theorists and practitioners in the creative/cultural industry. The combined effect of the volume is to disabuse the fixed, prevailing conception of the role of culture in society; a view that consigns the arts to the periphery of social life, devoid of any meaningful contribution to the alleviation of poverty and general development. Contrary to this view, the volume presents a more comprehensive, meaningful, insightful set of perspectives and paradigms that ascribe agency to creative/cultural products in all facets of human development. The usefulness of the volume extends beyond the industry itself. It is meant for a broader readership and is therefore highly recommended for specialists and the public at large.”

– Professor Mokubung Nkomo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Patrick Ebewo, PhD, is Professor and Head of the Department of Drama and Film at Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. He has taught at universities in Nigeria, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. He is a Rated Researcher (National Research Foundation of South Africa) who has published extensively in the areas of African theatre, applied theatre, culture and film studies.

Ingrid Stevens is Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Tshwane University of Technology. She studied ceramics and fine art at Witwatersrand Technikon, University of South Africa (UNISA), and Technikon Pretoria. Her DTech (Fine Arts) degree from Tshwane University of Technology focused on sustainability in South African craft projects. She has published extensively, both in the popular press and in scholarly journals.

Mzo Sirayi, PhD, is Professor of Drama and Cultural Policy at Tshwane University of Technology. Currently, he is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Arts in the same university. He is the author of many books, accredited articles, and chapters in books. He has also presented numerous papers at local and international conferences and has served as a national and local cultural policy consultant.

"Patrick Ebewo, Ingrid Stevens and Mzo Sirayi are the editors of one of the most important books of the 21st century on arts and development in Africa. Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2013, brings together some of the most versed voices on the subject in a compendium of essays based on the conference "Arts, Society and Sustainable Development", which took place at Tshwane University, Pretoria, in 2011. [...] This is an indispensable compendium which should be a must for anyone who works in the continent's cultural and creative scenes."

Gemma Solés i Coll, 18.09.2017

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ISBN: 1-4438-4236-2

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-4236-5

Release Date: 8th March 2013

Pages: 480

Price: £54.99