Where is #Ekhaya for you?
- Wits University
Our homegrown research crosses borders in Curios.ty, the 7th issue of Wits' research magazine, as we explore the concept of #Ekhaya (isiZulu for ‘home’).
The concept of ‘home’ is as subjective as it is tangible. Our homegrown research crosses borders in #Ekhaya and it explores the physical spaces we inhabit, where we feel we belong, where we are from and what we identify with, including the physical/psychological space we may return to – or reject.
- Homes of the future (Page 8) and An eye on assistive tech at home (page 12): Our homes of the future may be hyper-connected pods; and we’ll use brain-connected computer interfaces to control our environments with our eyes.
- This land is my land (Page 18): The general elections in 2019 served as a platform for land redress to be discussed, promised and instilled in the collective consciousness of South Africans. Is land ownership the silver bullet to address inequality in a country that so many call home?
- Coming home to South Africa (Page 28) and Home is where the heart is (Page 42): Migration and immigration are unpacked in these two stories, that asks: When does a house become a home? How long do you have to stay in a country to be afforded the same rights as those born locally? How has the migrant labour system shaped family life in South Africa?
- At home in your skin (Page 30): For a million bucks, would you change your gender? Meet B Camminga, postdoctoral student at Wits, who poses the gender question to their* students as a way to get directly to the heart of how skewed the modern world is towards the binary of ‘he’ and ‘she’. [*The pronoun ‘they’ is used to describe people who ‘identify as neither male nor female’].
This issue also features research-based stories about the places humans first called home, how housing quality has changed in sub-Saharan Africa, and how we share spaces through back yarding and with the homeless.
Curiosity is a print and digital magazine that aims to make the research at Wits University accessible to multiple publics. Available on the Wits website here: http://www.wits.ac.za/curiosity/
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