July 4, 2020
Project: WellSexuality - youth and contemporary notions of sexuality in South Africa

Type of project: research project, online exhibition

Keywords: young people, sexuality, collaboration, film, medical humanities, South Africa

The WellSexuality project sought to investigate how young people in South Africa perceive and frame sexuality and sexual health. The project is a collaboration between young adults in Johannesburg, anthropologists based at the University of the Witwatersrand, and a biomedical researcher and artist who run the Eh!woza public engagement project from the University of Cape Town. The pilot study combined the strengths of anthropological research with the strategies of a youth-focused public engagement project in order to better understand how people mediate between public discourse, perceived information from institutions, and lived experiences of sexuality. The project consisted of a two-day symposium and a performance evening held at the Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg as well as workshops (add link) with the young adults.

Project dates: Sep 2017 - Oct 2018Contact: Nolwazi Mkhwanazi (Nolwazi.Mkhwanazi@wits.ac.za)Funders: The study was funded by the Wellcome Trust (UK).Institutions involved: Department of Anthropology and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), at the University of the Witwatersand. Eh!Woza.

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Read more the WellSexuality speakers here

Read more about the research team here

Website: https://wellsexuality.com/

Blog: wellsexuality2018.wordpress.com

Twitter: @WellSexuality

Image: Nico Athene. I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Your Wallet. 2018. Kalashnikovv Gallery. Johannesburg. In conjunction with WellSexuality Symposium. WiSER.