On the 25th of September, The Commune hosted a virtual book launch of ‘Ghosts, spectres, revenants: Hauntology as a means to think and feel future’, edited by Katharina Fink, Marie-Anne Kohl and Nadine Siegert. Hauntology, as a theoretical perspective, opens a field to discuss presence and absence, visibility and invisibility. It relates the lingering of […]

On the 18th of September The Commune hosted a virtual book launch of ‘Malibongwe: poems from the struggle by ANC women’. This is a book of collaboration and homecoming, four decades in the making. First published in 1981 as ‘Malibongwe: ANC Women: Poetry is also their Weapon’, it was soon banned by the Apartheid government. […]

The Forge hosted the first collaboration In Commune session at the Forge Theatre in January 2020. In Commune is an intimate live platform and video series, created collaboratively by The Forge and New Frame. It brings peers with long histories of struggle, activism, political and cultural experience in conversation with each other. As they share […]

Mwelela Cele reads from ‘The Impact of Black Consciousness on Culture’ a chapter by Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane in the essay anthology “Bounds of Possibility: The Legacy of Steve Biko and Black Consciousness” edited by N. Barney Pityana, Mamphela Ramphele, Malusi Mpumlwana & Lindy Wilson, (D. Phillip Publishers, 1991). Music: AnaCaptainslogue by Noir Et Blanc Vie […]

Noxolo Chalale reads a short excerpt from ‘Chapter 1’ of the third section of “All Under Heaven: The Story of a Chinese Family in South Africa.” This trans-generational memoir in four parts (Sea, Sky, Earth and Fire) is authored by Darryl Accone (D. Philip Publishers, 2004). Music: ‘No.7 Alone With My Thoughts’ by Esther Abrami. […]

Asandele Sondiyazi reads parts from ‘A Willfulness Archive’, the introduction to Sara Ahmed’s “Willful Subjects” (Duke University Press, 2014). Music: ‘Consciousness Rabbit’ by pATCHES. On the shelf is a video series featuring excerpts from The Commune’s wide-ranging collection of books, read by the people who love them. For this title and more, visit thecommune.org.za. The […]

Lweendo Hamukoma reads Night Jasmine, a poem by Maneo Mohale found in Everything is a Deathly Flower (uHlanga Press, 2019) on page 21. Music: Dream Escape by The Tides On the shelf is a video series featuring excerpts from The Commune’s wide-ranging collection of books. The Commune is a radical, community-centred bookshop in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. […]

Napo Masheane translates passages from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels into Sestho in celebration of International Red Books Day, 2020. Read more about the event at: https://www.thetricontinental.org/wp-… The Commune is a radical, community-centred bookshop in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. We are a not-for-profit organisation focused on the articulation and discussion of progressive, Pan-African […]

In a time of ecological crisis, it is unsurprising that questions of the body have become a focal point within contemporary radical politics. One of the great strengths of Silvia Federici’s peerless work in this regard is to remind us that bodies have multiple histories. There are the histories of techniques of capturing and disciplining […]