Seminar programme

Contemporary History and Humanities Seminars

Established in 1993, the weekly South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar is the longest running seminar series in Southern Africa and continues to draw together faculty, graduate students and research fellows from across the Faculty of Arts at UWC and elsewhere. The seminar series, which hosts local and international academics, was initiated by the Institute for Historical Research (IHR) and the History Dept at UWC. Initially the series was known as the Contemporary History Seminar. In 2006, however, when the IHR became the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), the word ‘Humanities, was added.

The seminar series, which reflects a growing national and international reputation, is organised around a pre-circulated paper with an appointed respondent. The seminar series has been convened and chaired by Colin Bundy, Leslie Witz, Andrew Bank, Ciraj Rassool, Gary Minkley and Premesh Lalu. The current chair (2015) is Particia Hayes.