400      25 February: Suren Pilllay (CHR, UWC), Migrating violence: Community, citizenship and belonging in post-apartheid South Africa

401      11 March: Desiree Lewis (Women’s and Gender Studies, UWC), Politics, freedoms and spirituality in Alaa Al Aswany’s Yacoubian Building

402      25 March: John Soske (History Department, McGill University), The impossible concept: A genealogy of the non-racial. Discussant: Andries du Toit (PLAAS, UWC)

403      1 April: Okechukwu Nwafor (CHR, UWC & Dept of Fine and Applied Art, Nnamdi Azikiwe University), The superfluous image: Obituary Photographs in South-Eastern Nigeria and the allure of public visibility

404      8 April: Lance van Sittert (Dept of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town), Writing on skin: The entangled embodied histories of black labour and livestock registration in the Cape colony, c. 1860-1909

405      15 April: Luise White (History Dept, University of Florida), “The last good white man left”: Rhodesia, Rhonasia, and the decolonisation of British Africa

406      6 May: Mari Ruti (University of Toronto), The ethics of precarity: Judith Butler’s reluctant universalism

407      13 May: Nadia Davids (author), In conversation with Imraan Coovadia (Dept of English, University of Cape Town) (no paper)

408      20 May: Nancy Rose Hunt (History Dept, University of Michigan), Motion, and a nervous state

409      10 June: António Tomás (Makerere Institute of Social Research), Cabral and the postcolony: postcolonial readings of revolutionary hopes. Discussant: Carlos Fernandes (History Dept, UWC)

410      22 July: Michael Neocosmos (Unit for the Humanities, Rhodes University), Constructing the domain of freedom: thinking politics at a distance from the state

411      29 July: Wilma King (History Dept, University of Missouri), Freedom’s Struggle, Struggle for Freedom: Children in the Movements for Civil and Human Rights in the United States and South Africa, 1940-1990. Discussant: Helena Pohlandt-McCormick (University of Minnesota)

412      12 August: Adam Sitze (Amherst College), Between Study and Revolt: Further notes on emergency continued

413      19 August: Ciraj Rassool (History Dept, UWC), Re-storing the Skeletons of Empire: Return, Reburial and Rehumanisation in Southern Africa. Discussant: Nikki Rousseau (History Dept, UWC)

414      26 August: Bernard Dubbleld (Stellenbosch University), The future of home: housing projects in Glendale, KwaZulu-Natal

415      9 September: Premesh Lalu (CHR, UWC), The Trojan Horse and the Becoming Technical of the Human (cancelled)

416      16 September: Roger Field (Dept of English, UWC), Freud, Said and the Ancient and Classical Worlds. Discussant: Paige Sweet (CHR, UWC)

417      23 September: John Peffer (Ramapo College), Painting in the vernacular. Discussant: Rael Sally (Michaelis School of Art, UCT)

418      30 September: Etienne Smith (International Affairs Division & Europe-Africa Program, Sciences Po), Contested knowledge and cultural affirmation in French West Africa: African voices in the Bulletin De L’Enseignementen AOF (1913-1958). Discussant: Maurits van Bever Donker (CHR, UWC)

419      7 October: Katarina Jungar and Salla Peltonen (Hanken University), The politics of mapping: Homonationalism through African homophobia in Swedish media. Discussant: Zethu Mathabeni (UCT) and Melanie Judge (UWC)

420      14 October: Patricia Hayes (History Dept, UWC), Taxing subjects: Colonial systems and African publics in the union of South Africa and northern Namiba, 1929-46. Discussant: Suren Pillay (CHR, UWC)

421      28 October: David Gordon (Bowdoin College), Violence and Colonialism: Reconsidering the Congo Free State, 1885-1908

422      4 November: Isabelle de Rezende (Dept of History, UWC), “…So the eye is surprised by the sudden appearance of a strange colour:” ‘photographic desire,’ anxiety, and knowledge in the texts of nineteenth century imperial explorers in Central Africa

423      11 November: Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar (University of the Andes, Bogotá), After the traces of the body: Violence, ethnography and the judicial encounter in Colombia

Sep 1, 2015

Seminars 2014

400      25 February: Suren Pilllay (CHR, UWC), Migrating violence: Community, citizenship and belonging in post-apartheid […]
Sep 1, 2015

Seminars 2013

374      12 February: Geraldine Frieslaar (CHR, UWC) & Olusegun Morakinyo (Robben Island Museum), The UWC-Robben […]
Sep 1, 2015

About South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar

Established in 1993, the weekly South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar is the longest […]

The CHR in the time of a global pandemic

In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice.  We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.


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