Photography by Frank Mukendi
The Narrative and Adolescence workshop took place in Cape Town, 1 – 3 March 2020, as the second
in a series of four planned workshops under Work Package 3 (WP3) of the UKRI GCRF Accelerating
Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub. The workshop built on the first that was held in Oxford,
31 October – 2 November 2019, entitled Understanding Adolescence in African Contexts.
Narrative and Adolescence was held at Community House in Salt River, a location of profound
historical relevance in the South African history of labour movements and unions. As organisers we
chose this site to honour the history of the anti-apartheid movement and South Africans’ ongoing
process of seeking self-determination and what Steve Biko characterised as achieving an
‘envisioned’, inwardly consolidated self (I Write What I Like, 1978).