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.

Seminars

Seminar: Willemien Froneman

Nico Carstens, Disavowal, and the Perverted Mind of Apartheid

Seminar: Ari Sitas

Of Chata: Beginnings of a Journey

Seminar: Claudia Gastrow

The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Aesthesis and Political Belonging

Seminar: Wilton Schereka

Speculate – troubling reducibility and blackness

Seminar: Edgar Taylor

Archival Futures in Uganda

Seminar: Janne Rantala

Public memory and political ancestors through Mozambican rap music

Seminar: Raquel Schefer

The Representation of Ritual and Cinema as a Ritual in Revolutionary Mozambique: Ruy Guerra’s “Mueda, Memória e Massacre”

Seminar: Robert Reid-Pharr

This Grey Gulf

Seminar: Kass Banning

John Akomfrah’s Purple: Notes Towards Deciphering Habitus Beyond A Planetary Sublime

Seminar: Sara Guyer

Critical Anthropomorphism After #MeToo: Reading The Friend

Seminar: Ryan Nefdt

Ideal Theory in Politics as Ideal Theory in Politics as Scientific Modelling

Seminar: Roger Field

Truth and equivocation in Cavafy’s poems of antiquity

Seminar: Philipp Schorch

Two Germanies: ethnographic museums, (post) colonial exhibitions, and the ‘cold odyssey’ of Pacific objects between East and West.

Seminar: Prathama Banerjee

Sovereignty and Ascendancy: south Asian reflections

Seminar: Anaïs Nony

Technologies of Colonial Episteme and the Axiology of Imperial Discourse

Decolonization and the Aesthetic Cold War: Towards an Intellectual History

Seminar by Professor Peter Kalliney

Seminar: Doug Mulliken

Human Violence and Technological Memory

Seminar: Ciraj Rassool

The politics of non-racialism in South Africa

Seminar: Clémentine Deliss

Manifesto for the rights of access to colonial collections sequestered in Western Europe

Seminar: Swati Arora

Left to ‘biyaasi number’: Janam, Street Theatre and Urban Space in Delhi

Seminar: Christos Lynteris

Plague and the Emergence of Epidemic Photography

Seminar: Kara Moskowitz

Decolonization, Development and the Making of Kenya

Seminar: Mxolisi Dlamuka

Harry Gwala, Political Militancy and State Trials, 1960-1977

Seminar: Stephanie Vos

Exile and Migration: Performing Connections through the Metaphor of the Train

Seminar: Aidan Erasmus

Dispatch: Eduction, Sound, and the Senses

Seminar: Sarah Godsell

“What is the point?” Potentials of Decolonising History: in teacher education spaces, and school classrooms

Seminar: Eli Thorkelson

Banlieue Utopia: Radical philosophy in postcolonial France

Seminar: Jacob Cloete

The pre-circulated paper for this seminar is accompanied by a short documentary by Jacob Cloete.

Seminar: Anita Chari

“I am your voice”: Aesthetics, Politics and the Materialization of Critique

Seminar: Armelle Gaulier

The Moppie Songs of the Colored Populations of Cape Town: Music and the Process of Creolization (South Africa)

Seminar: Valmont Layne

Tem Hawker, Yakhal Inkomo and the sentimental ‘avant-garde: Revisiting Cape jazz’s sonic archive’

Seminar: Redi Koobak

Seminar: Gender, Nation and War Art: Rethinking Artistic Responses to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan

Seminar: Kate Skinner

Abolde Safui

Seminar: Thozama April

Engaging the Rounds of Charlotte Maxeke’s Becoming

Seminar: Julie MacArthur

Dissident Citizens: Genealogies of Sovereignty, Violence, and Belonging along the Kenya-Somali Frontier

Seminar: G. Arunima

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: Jonathan Cane

South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar

Seminar: Ross Truscott

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: Digital Doomsday

A perspective from the pathology called Europe

Seminar: Premesh Lalu

The Practice of Post-apartheid Freedom

Justice After Genocide: Namibia, Germany and Colonial Amnesia

Reinhart Kössler, a German scholar who studies the consequences of German colonial rule, its impact on the descendants of victims of the genocide

Seminar: Natasha Vally

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: Roger Levine

Lived Racism in Segregation-era South Africa: a research agenda and a case study

Seminar: Todd Cleveland

Centre for Humanities Research and the Department of History, University of the Western Cape South […]

Seminar: The Foundation

Dan Magaziner (Department of History, Yale University, USA)

Seminar: Women Miners and Mining Spaces

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Reading Group and Seminar with Prof. Carlos Forment

Citizenship and Justice: Rethinking Political Theory and Political Philosophy.

Seminar: Cleaning the Slate of Distrust

The Vance Mission and the (Dis-)appearance of the ‘Amnesty Question’ on/from the Agenda of the Transitional Negotiations and in internal ANC

Nigel Gibson Seminar on Fanon

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

“Freedom Within the Walls:” Thomas Mott Osborne’s Participatory Panopticon

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: The African Resistance Fighter Jacon Marengo

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: Hostile Visual Encounters

Seminar in Contemporary History & Humanities Special Seminar Hostile visual encounters: fighting to control photographic […]

Seminar: State-Building and Techno-politics in Somaliland

South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar

Global Apartheid Course at the CHR

A Genealogy of Biopolitical Sovereignty February – May 2017 Centre for Humanities Research Professor Cesare […]

Video: State Capture?

Earlier this year we had an important Local Government Election. Now, as we debate how […]

Seminar: State Capture?

The Dullah Omar Centre for Critical Thought in African Humanities of the Centre for Humanities […]

Seminar: Education or State Politics? – Elizabeth Giorgis

Education in the Social Sciences and Humanities at Addis Ababa University Dullah Omar Centre for […]

Joint Seminar: Jennifer Tucker and George Agbo

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar by George Agbo: The Technology of Visual Digital Activism

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar by Shari Eppel: Bones In The Forest

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African Contemporary […]

Mothers’ pensions and the ‘civilised’ black poor: the racialised provision of child maintenance grants, 1921-1940

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar by Bongani Ndhlovu: ‘Apartheid’s Golden Age’

Reconnoitring alternative forms of resistance to apartheid South Africa, c1966-1979

Seminar by Janeke Thumbran: “Sisters are Building it for Themselves:”

Architecture, Self-Reliance and Trusteeship at the University of Pretoria, 1943 to present times

Seminar: The Making of MK: Whose Violence & to What End? The Debates of 1960–1 – Paul S. Landau

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Global Apartheid – A Genealogy of Biopolitical Sovereignty

DST NRF Flagship Next Generation Researcher Dr. Maurits Van Bever Donker will be co-teaching a […]

Seminar: Empty photographs: Ethnography and the lacunae of African history: Patricia Hayes

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

A Tale of Two Cities: Finding Storyville in the Archives: A Seminar by Emily Landau

The CHR DST/NRF Flagship in Critical Thought in African Humanities and the Women’s and Gender […]

Seminar: Portugal’s Photographic Play: Drew Thompson

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: The Performance of Race: Passing-Out Parades, Street Soccer, the ‘Civilized Body’, and the Creation of the ‘Perfect Other’ (c. 1940s-1960s)

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar

Virgil Slade (Department of History

Seminar: The Practice of Post-Apartheid Freedom

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Other Universals Public Lecture: “Sylvia Wynter’s Black Metamorphosis and the World We Live In”

Other Universals presents a public lecture by Dr. Aaron Kamugisha (Cultural Studies, University of the […]

Seminar: Stasis Anxiety: Contemporary Fictions of South African ‘Waithood’

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: The Postman and the Tramp: Commitment in an Age of Cynicism

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: Traversing the Social

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African Contemporary […]

Seminar: Mueda Massacre: The Musical Archive

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African […]

Seminar: The Varieties of Secular Experience: Magical Thinking, Occult Economies, and Puppetry

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History, University of the Western Cape South African Contemporary […]

Panel Discussion on Richard Turner’s Eye of the Needle

The CHR DST NRF Flagship for Critical Thought in African Humanities and the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar invites you

Seminar by Heidi Grunebaum: “No Consolation:The Poetics of Lament and the Insistence of Complicity”

Senior Researcher in the Flagship for Critical Thought in African Humanities Heidi Grunebaum will deliver […]

Seminar: Exalted Faces and Awkward Bodies: ‘Third Wave’ of Protests in Africa, Political Imaginations and Global Sociology

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History ( UWC) South African Contemporary History and […]

Seminar: Emerging Possiblities – Diaspora engagement and the global initiative on Somali refugees

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History (UWC) Speakers:   Dianna Shandy (Center for Integrative […]

Seminar: Epistemological restlessness. Trajectories in and out of history

Centre for Humanities Research & Department of History ( UWC) South African Contemporary History and […]