Friday, 30 September 2011 08:16

Sexualities Seminar Series at the University of Pretoria

Written by  Administrator

You are invited to the last in the Sexuality Seminar Series for 2011. These seminars are co-hosted by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Centre for the Study of AIDS and the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology (all at UP), with the South African Sexual Health Association.


The seminar will be focusing on the relationship between sexuality and spirituality and the presenters are Mmatshilo Motsei and Matuba Mahlatjie. It will also include the launch of Mmatshilo’s new book, Embrace the virgin in you: Healing the divide between sexuality and spirituality (copies will be available for R150).


Mmatshilo Motsei is a social entrepreneur, author, poet and healer who has devoted the past 20 years of her life to working with rural and urban communities as a counsellor, trainer, gender consultant and development practitioner. Her main interest is integrating African indigenous philosophies in modern innovations. She has written several books, including The Kanga and the Kangaroo Court: Reflections of the Rape Trial of Jacob Zuma and Hearing Visions Seeing Voices


Matuba Mahlatjie is a journalist and a spiritual and traditional healer. He writes as regularly as possible on issues ranging from love to politics.


Date:    4 October 2011

Time:    12:00 – 13:30

Venue:  Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, Humanities Building, Level 20, Room 20-18.

RSVP:    Marinda Maree at (012) 420 3898 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Two views

“Take a look at the world around us and it becomes readily apparent that we are living in a time of simultaneous convergence and deconstruction. As there is a resurging interest in spiritual practices in many circles, there is also a breakdown in the patriarchal, hierarchical church structures. The spectre of clergy sexual abuse intermingles with a worldview promulgated by the church about the nature of relationships and sexuality that no longer has meaning for people today. The gender roles we were raised with have broken down and blurred. As we live with breakdown and deconstruction at so many levels of life, one thread that emerges is a hunger and longing, both spiritual and erotic.”

(Linda Marks from

“The supernatural and sexuality have historically been linked in a multiplicity of ways. Taken together, they reveal a rich tradition of research and writing focusing on both how sexuality impacts on and is impacted by the supernatural. This relationship has also been theorised in many different ways. But gaps remain in knowledge about the links. For instance, very little research has carefully explored the gendered and generational nature of the sexuality-supernatural connect in Africa. And little has focused on the particular role of silence and secrecy surrounding both sexuality-related behaviours and the supernatural in contributing to the ways their relationship has been imagined and depicted.”

(Chimaraoke O Izugbara from African Sexualities: a reader, edited by Sylvia Tamale)

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