Dr Tinashe Jakwa is a cultural critic, writer, and political theorist. She prefers to be called Tinashe. She has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations, an MA in International Relations (with Distinction), and BA in the same field, all from the University of Western Australia.
Dr Jakwa has undertaken extensive research on Australia-Africa relations, and her doctoral research examined the factors that contribute to the failure of intergovernmental organisations to yield positive peace and security outcomes in their operational contexts. Specifically, it examined the sets of assumptions and conceptual frameworks the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) rely upon in their work and how they impact the efficacy of both organisations’ peace efforts. It was passed without revisions and classified, by experts in the field, as sitting in the top 5% of international relations PhDs.
In 2016, Dr Jakwa co-convened an international African Studies conference. Her non-academic writing has been shortlisted for the national Deborah Cass Prize for Writing (2019) and her debut play, stillbirth, a one-act play, was workshopped during The Blue Room Theatre’s Winter Nights Festival (2020). It premiered at The Blue Room Theatre in July 2022. Dr Jakwa also completed Performing Lines WA’s inaugural Kolyang Artist Lab in 2020 and the Centre for Stories' Inclusion Matters Writing Fellowship in 2019. Dr Jakwa's short stories have been published in anthologies by the Centre for Stories (2016, 2021), and Margaret River Press and Ethos Books Singapore (2020). She has been published extensively, including in ArtsHub, Australian Outlook, Foreign Brief, Pambazuka News, Journal, Pulch, and The Pin. As a political analyst, she has appeared on national and international media platforms, including The Africa Report, ABC News, Channel 10, SBS News, and CNN, providing commentary on political developments on the African continent. Dr Jakwa has previously served as a shortlisting judge for the Deborah Cass Prize for Writing.
Dr Jakwa is a 27-year-old millennial joyously exploring the limits of our present cultural moment. Her current work examines the implications of contemporary Western culture for people's capacity to lead meaningful and satisfying lives, build healthy communities, and make peace. She is interested in the role(s) that conscience, humility, sincerity, neighbourliness, and faith can play in resolving the challenges of today, including the widespread alienation individuals experience from themselves, each other, and the natural environment. Her work invites audiences to unsettle the things we take for granted about 'the good life' and who we are, and highlights the important role of conscience in secular times.
Your support and contributions will enable me to bring joyous reflections on love, life, beauty, and faith for such a time as ours. Your generous donation will fund my writings, helping me to bring loving-kindness into our hyper-individualist, competitive world.
stillbirth - 26 - 30 July 2022
black futures, old hopes
In a country fighting for independence, a white man is trapped in a black family’s house without their knowledge. As time passes, strange sounds and a stubborn stench fill the house. The family wonders if they are living with ghosts, but something more sinister is at play.
This debut play is a fresh and exciting exploration of how to overcome the past. The show journeys into the joys and pains of navigating racial divisions in a biting and humorous way. With a fresh spin on telling stories about difficult moments in history and presented by APK Productions, the show is for everyone who wants to build a better future.
This Development season was originally programmed as part of The Blue Room Theatre 2022 Summer Nights Festival, however, was postponed and rescheduled independently of the festival.
The Blue Room Theatre
Presented by APK Productions
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I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. I pay my respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. It always was, and it always will be, Aboriginal land.