OT Welcomes Dr. Ramugondo and Kronenberg for Lecture

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will host Dr. Elelwani Ramugondo and Mr. Frank Kronenberg at 5:30 on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Allied Health Building auditorium. Dr. Ramugondo and Kronenberg will present "Consciousness, ubuntu, and humanity: A South African response to American views of everyday occupation.” A reception will follow the talk in the multi-purpose room.

Dr. Ramugondo and Kronenberg will share three concepts – consciousness, Ubuntu, and phronesis – that are contributing to a new perspective of everyday human activity, or occupation. Their presentation will focus on themes of play, divided generations, and affirmations/enactments of humanity in post-apartheid South Africa. Following their presentation, audience members will be invited to further discuss occupational science and occupational therapy's commitment to meeting society's health-related needs.

Frank Kronenberg, who originates from the Netherlands, is a director and co-founder of Shades of Black Works. He is also the Development Director of Isango Ensemble, a world renowned Cape Town-South Africa based theatre company, and the chair of the Board of Directors of the Khayelitsha based NPO Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS. He also serves as an ambassador for Vhufuli Primary School in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

Kronenberg is co-founder of the movement ‘Occupational Therapists without Borders’, which inspired a number of international ground-breaking publications which he co-edited and co-authored: Occupational Therapy without Borders-Learning from the Spirit of Survivors (2005); A Political Practice of Occupational Therapy (2008); Occupational Therapies without Borders – Volume 2: Towards an Ecology of Occupation-Based Practices (2011).

Dr. Elelwani Ramugondo is an Associate Professor within the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town. She has earned the title of ‘play-activist’ from colleagues across disciplines due to her research on children’s play, which draws from both everyday observations and scientific approaches in order to explain the politics of human occupation within the context of rapid social change and to raise occupational consciousness. Her research takes an intergenerational approach and negates the adult-child binary often prevalent within the study of play. Ramugondo’s research and that of her graduates has received national interest in South Africa and she is regularly sought out to engage public as well as academic audiences in social psychology, medicine, medical humanities and African rhetoric.

For more information, please contact the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at ot@slu.edu

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