Katja Holtz

Screenshot taken from Naomi Medegan entry in the Migrant Journeys webseries exploring the Lagos-Abidjan corridor. Specifically, women wearing bright textiles buying and selling goods on a bridge.

Migrant Journeys: Multiply Reframed

The landscape of migration and urban policy is overflowing with words, with clever neologisms and buzzy terminology meant to inspire donors to empty their pockets. Often this kind of rhetoric lacks heart. We’re always on the look out for ways to reframe the key issues, to put them on their head or change the perspective, such that we do not lose sight of where we came from or where we’re going.

In this sense, Migrant Journeys—a web-documentary full of charm and nuance, insight and realism—is perfectly refreshing.

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You Will Find Your People Here

A pianist, sociologist and composer reflect on women migrant’s journeys through words, music and performance.

We’re excited to present You Will Find Your People Here. A trans-disciplinary work transposing and transmuting migrant women’s words into music, performance and, perhaps, down the line, into change.

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Podcasting and Stories from Katlehong Township

Using mini-audio documentaries and podcasts produced by residents in Katlehong township, this project sought to explore the precarity and resilience of Katlehong residents. The participants were instructed in the theory of storytelling and its practical applications through the production of mini-audio documentaries. This month, for Global Media and Information Literacy week, we’re exploring the research …

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Roe V Wade and its impact on reproductive health for migrants in South Africa

Roe v Wade and the Gag Rule Although the Biden administration ended the global Gag Rule—at least for the duration of his term—which prohibited any international organisation receiving US funding from promoting or being seen to promote abortion, the recent Supreme Court ruling on Roe v Wade has reverberations throughout Africa. Amongst other things, the …

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Building Back Green in the Global North and South

by Katja Holtz It might surprise some to know that the phrase, “build back better”, which benefits from being both pithy and alliterative, predates the pandemic and US President Biden’s campaign. The UN, and its composite world leaders, have been slinging it about for over fifteen years. Now though, it has acquired new and occasionally promising scope. …

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