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Twice Heard and Newly Told

Join the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar on 12 October 2021 for “Twice heard and newly told,” a paper by Phindi Mnyaka.

Stealing Time

Join Prof. Patricia Hayes for “Photographs and the Long Inception of Colonialism in Southern Angola,” a lecture hosted by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) at the University of Virginia.

Archival Futures and Research: Preservation, Access and UWC’s Digital Infrastructure

Prof. Patricia Hayes and Dr Valmont Layne investigate how UWC can revitalise its archival holdings for preservation, teaching, research access, and public programmes.

Everything that was made was not destroyed…

CHR Artist in Residence Juan Orrantia will present his ongoing artistic work “Everything that was made was not destroyed, but also does not exist” at the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar on 14 September 2021.

The Long Emancipation

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar invites you to a discussion of Rinaldo Walcott’s The Long Emancipation on 17 August 2021.

Walking with Amal: When Nights are Dark

“When Nights are Dark” is part of The Walk – a travelling festival of art and hope in support of refugees, with Artistic Direction from Amir Nizar Zuabi and presented by the Jungle, Good Chance, in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company.

My House is a Spaceship

CHR Early Career Doctoral Fellow Reza Khota debuted his new improvisation on guitar and pedals as part of NewMusicSA’21 Digital Indaba.

Worldings: A Virtual Conference

Join CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo at Wordings: A Virtual Conference for “The Collapse: Creative Liberation of Collective Making” on 10 July 2021.

2022 African Critical Inquiry Workshops

The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is pleased to announce that there will be two ACIP Workshops in 2022.

Performing Charlotte Maxeke

With 2021 being declared “The Year of Charlotte Maxeke,” the DSI-NRF Flagship on Critical thought in the African Humanities at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, has embarked on a special production based on the life of Maxeke.

ASAA2022: Call for Panels

The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) is inviting panel proposals for their 4th Biennial Conference on the theme of “Africa and the Human: Old questions, new imaginaries.”

Commission Continua

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo performs Commission Continua for the 2021 National Arts Festival Experience.

Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar is pleased to announce that Kim Gurney will be presenting “Flipside: The Inadvertent Archive” on 22 June 2021 at 14:00.

Of Moving and Being Moved: The Subject and the Object in Puppetry and AI

Who am I in relation to what is going on? How can I mobilize questions that matter to me?

Hamlet, Live and In Progress

CHR Artists in Residence Buhle Ngaba and Tony Bonani Miyambo are set to perform a live reading of Neil Coppen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as part of KKNK 2021.

Ambivalent at Jacana’s Virtual Book Theatre

Ambivalent will be featured at Jacana Media’s Don’t Shut Up virtual book theatre on Sunday, 23 May 2021.

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar with Carolyn Laubender

Join us for Carolyn Laubender’s paper “Travelling Analysis: Black Hamlet, Ethnopsychology, and the (De)Colonial Clinic in South Africa” at the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar on Tuesday, 18 May 2021.

Remembering Tony Morphet

The CHR turns to its archive to recall the life of Anthony Richard Morphet, who passed away on 2 May 2021.

May Graduation 2021

The CHR is proud to announce the graduation of fellows Dr Emma Minkley, Dr Shingirai Nyakabawu, Leslé Ann Arendse, and Kiasha Naidoo.

Friends of Little Amal

The CHR is delighted to celebrate and support the journey of young refugee and 3.5-meter puppet Little Amal as she walks 8000 km from Turkey to Manchester, UK.

The CHR’s Lee Walters Presents at ICGC Brown Bag Series

Join CHR Doctoral Fellow Lee Walters for the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Brown Bag Series on 30 April 2021.

Kafka’s Ape in A KAFKA MOMENT

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo will be performing the award-winning Kafka’s Ape on 22 and 23 April 2021.

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar Presents: Materiality, Museums, and the Production of History

Lebogang Mokwena (New School for Social Research) will be presenting “Materiality, Museums, and the Production of History” on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at the South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar.

The CHR’s Phokeng Setai Presents at ICGC Brown Bag Series

CHR Doctoral Fellow in Anthropology Phokeng Setai will be presenting at the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Brown Bag Series.

PAN: An Intellectual History of AI

The CHR’s Professor Jane Taylor will be giving a talk as part of the HUMA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on 8 April 2021.

Ian Baucom: History 4° Celsius: Search for a Method in the Age of the Anthropocene

Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Western Cape, Prof. Tyrone Pretorius, has the pleasure of inviting you to a conversation with Prof. Ian Baucom on 12 April 2021.

Aesthetics and Politics: A Dialogue Across Continents

Join the CHR’s Heidi Grunebaum and members of the Other Universals Consortium Aaron Kamugisha (University of the West Indies), Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi (University of Johannesburg), and Chika Mba (University of Ghana) for an online conversation with colleagues at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

The Possibilities and Intimacies of Queer African Screen Cultures

Join CHR Next Generation Scholar Dr Lwando Scott in conversation about The Possibilities and Intimacies of Queer African Screen Cultures, a special issue of the Journal of African Cultural Studies, on 5 April 2021.

The CHR’s Samuel Longford Presents at ICGC Brown Bag Series

Join the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Brown Bag Series this Friday for a talk presented by CHR Doctoral Fellow in History Samuel Longford

A Celebration of Puppetry at the Boschendal Plum Festival

Life-sized elephant puppet Mnumzane strolled across the Boschendal Estate on Sunday 14 March 2021, accompanied by little elephant Alfie, their path criss-crossed by the boisterous Dassie puppet.

Animations and Activations: A Workshop Toward Embodying Memory Through Puppets and Plants

On 9 March 2021, the CHR’s Jane Taylor and Aja Marneweck will be participating in the puppetry workshop Animations and Activations with William Ellis (Dept. of Anthropology, UWC) and Marcus Neustetter as part of the Tri-Continental Partnership between the University of Missouri, the University of the Western Cape, and Ghent University.

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar Presents:Other Lives of the Image

The South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar will be hosting a launch of Other Lives of the Image, a special issue of the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories, on 9 March 2021.

A Conversation with Dr Mongane Wally Serote on the launch of his epic poem Sikhahlel’ u-OR

The Centre for Humanities Research is proud to host a conversation with Mongane Wally Serote on the launch of his new epic poem Sikhahlel’ u-OR.

A Walk with Elephants: Puppets Come to Boschendal!

The CHR’s Ukwanda Puppet and Design Company and NIHSS special artist in residence fellow Aja Marneweck will be presenting a line-up of puppetry workshops, an exhibition of puppets, and a walking public performance with partners Net vir Pret at the Boschendal Plum Harvest Festival on the weekend of 13 and 14 March.

Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

The Other Universals Consortium and CODESRIA invite you to a webinar with Professor Mahmood Mamdani about his new book Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities.

It’s a Feminist Thing

CHR Acting-Director Professor Heidi Grunebaum was a guest on Soul City’s ‘It’s A Feminist Thing’.

A Conversation with Patricia Hayes

Professor Patricia Hayes of the CHR will be in conversation with Professor Tamar Garb of UCL about Ambivalent: Photography and Visibility in African History

AVA podcast interview with, CHR Artist in Residence, Chumisa Fihle and Bruce Bowale

Artist in Residence, Chumisa Fihle and Bruce Bowale, recently featured on Episode One of AVA’s podcast series titled ‘Lounge+’.

Music and the Remaking of the World: An Interview with Valmont Layne

Dr Valmont Layne, Next-Generation Scholar at the Centre for Humanities Research NRF Flagship, recently participated in a podcast for National Public Radio in the USA.

Re-Centring Afro Asia Conference

The CHR presented a panel with the Centres’ Patricia Hayes, Luis Gimenez and Kiasha Naidoo, chaired by Ross Truscott discussing the possibilities and approaches to the invocation of the precolonial at the recently convened Afro-Asia Conference.

Reboot Eden: Celebrating Ten Years of Puppetry in Barrydale

The Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape (CHR), in partnership with Net vir Pret are celebrating 10 years of puppetry in Barrydale. Reboot Eden will be an online program of four new puppet performances that will be available online from the 16th -19th December 2020.

Reboot Eden: The Art of Recovery

For the past ten years the Centre for Humanities Research’s Laboratory of Kinetic Objects has been engaged in a mutual education and arts initiative (along with partners Net Vir Pret, Handspring Puppet Company, uKwanda Puppetry and Design Collective, and Magpie Collective) in the village of Barrydale some three hours outside of Cape Town. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this years Barrydale parade is set to convene remotely.

Global Narratives of Artificial Intelligence: Sub-Saharan Africa – African Histories and Philosophies of Artificial Intelligence

The CHR’s Professor Jane Taylor will be participating in this weeks Global Narratives of Artificial Intelligence: Sub-Saharan Africa – African Histories and Philosophies of Artificial Intelligence conference hosted by the HSRC and the University of Cambridge.

Chumisa Fihla’s inaugural exhibition at the AVA gallery

The Centre for Humanities Research is pleased to announce the opening of artist in residence in visual arts, Chumisa Fihla’s inaugural exhibition “Legae/Kayalethu” at the AVA Gallery opening on the 26 November 2020.

Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment

A CHR Webinar held by the Other Universals Consortium with Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Decolonizing Theory: Thinking Across Traditions

A CHR Webinar held by the Other Universals Consortium with Aditya Nigam

Radical Disenchantment

A CHR Webinar held jointly between Winter School and the Other Universals Consortium with Fadi Bardawil

Leaving Zion

A Winter School webinar with Associate Professor Heidi Grunebaum

Publics and Policing: Spies, Surveillance, and Colonial Subjects in Anti-Colonial French Politics

A Winter School webinar with Associate Professor Nancy Luxon

Encounters Film Festival: The Letter

As part of the Communicating the Humanities project at the Centre for Humanities Research, Next Generation Scholar, Valmont Layne, will be in conversation with Steve Akoth, Christine van Zyl and The Letter’s co-directors Maia Lekow and Christopher King.

The Museum Today with Jane Taylor

Professor Jane Taylor will be giving a zoom talk on the new exhibition of the South African sculptor, Jackson Hlungwani, on ,Thursday 20th August at 6 pm.

The Black Aquatic: On Water, Art and Black Movement

A Winter School webinar with Professor Rinaldo Walcott

Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

The Other Universals consortium will be hosting a webinar with Adom Getachew.

In Search of Africa(s): Postcolonialism and the Universal

The Other Universals consortium will be hosting an online seminar with Souleymane Bachir Diagne

LoKO: Seminar One

These online seminars will pursue many of the questions which we would pursue in the normal course of things; although things are anything but normal.

The Humanities in Session with Kitso Lelliott

The CHR’s A.W.Mellon Artist in Residence in Image and postdoctoral fellow, Kitso Lelliott was invited by the Kunstverein Braunschweig , Germany to create a work of video installations for the exhibition, THE FACULTY OF SENSING – Thinking With, Through, and by Anton Wilhelm Amo.

Seminar: Domietta Torlasco

Excerpt Rhythm Beyond Measure: Cinema and the Life of Images

Seminar: Roger Field

Intimacy and Violence

Literary Pedagogy: Confronting Colonisation

The CHR invites you to a colloquium on “Literary Pedagogies: Confronting Colonization” to be held at the Centre for Humanities Research on the 20th and 21st February 2020.

Seminar: John Ricco

Moths to the Flame: Photography and the Capitalocene

Seminar: Meleesha Bardolia

The Politics of ‘Rightful Belonging’ in Post-Apartheid South African and Post-Mabo Australian Non-White ‘Settler’ Literatures

Domeitta Torlasco visits the CHR

Critical theorist, filmmaker, and associate professor of Italian and comparative literature at Northwestern University Domietta Torlasco will be hosted by the CHR from 24 February to 23 March 2020.

Global Apartheid: A Genealogy of Biopolitical Sovereignty

A seminar course on Global Apartheid co-taught by Professor Cesare Casarino and Dr. Ross Truscott will take place in the first semester of 2020.

Democracy: Genealogies, Concepts, and Practices

A conference hosted by the CHR from 17 – 18 December 2019 will explore the relationship between the genealogy, the concept and the practice of democracy.

The Final Spring (Barrydale 2019)

The Centre for Humanities Research and partners Net vir Pret present the ninth annual Barrydale Giant Puppet Parade and Performance.

Call for Proposal to Organise a Workshop

The African Critical Inquiry Programme invites proposals from scholars and/or practitioners in public cultural institutions in South Africa to organise a workshop to take place in 2021.

Seminar: Sam Longford

Governing the ungovernable: contested legacies at the Chris Hani Memorial

A Public Conversation with Mamela Nyamza

Mamela Nyamza is an award-winning artist, choreographer, dancer and performer.

Seminar: Phindi Mnyaka

Lady Kennaway: A Ship Story

Seminar: Fernanda Pinto de Almeida

Cinema desegregation and the fall of a drive-in’s ‘Berlin Wall’

Seminar: Mahvish Ahmed

Afro-Asian World-Making from the Underground in Balochistan’s Jabbal

Other Lives of the Image: International Workshop in Visual History and Theory

From 4 – 6 October, the International Workshop in Visual History and Theory will convene around the theme Other Lives of the Image.

Seminar: Rui Assubuji

Speculate – troubling reducibility and blackness

Decolonial Aesthetic Force

Professor Nauman Naqvi

Seminar: Mwayi Lusaka

Heritage of Diplomacy Or ‘Scottish Exceptionalism?’:The Memory of David Livingstone and Malawi – Scotland Relations

Seminar: Silvia Forni

Opening spaces: Of Africa, slow museology, and institutional undoing

The South African Students’ Organisation and the Black Consciousness Legacy

Dr. Saleem Badat

Seminar: Elizabeth Harney

We the North? Caravan and the Crafting of a Multicultural Toronto

Seminar: Annelize Kotze and Bongani Ndhlovu

Subjugation, exposure and healing: Human remains, museums and indigenous communities

Built Form, Design, and the Politics of the City

Visiting Scholars at the CHR Steve Akoth and Tom Asher will run a seminar on spatial formations as an object of analysis.

Seminar: Ari Sitas

Of Chata: Beginnings of a Journey

Seminar: Okechukwu Nwafor

Funeral Poster and Pre-Funeral Visual Economy in southeastern Nigeria

KINESIS: Of Moving and Being Moved

Between July 6th and July 10th 2019, the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects (LoKO) at the CHR hosted a colloquium on Subject/Object relations, in an ongoing exploration of Animation, Animism, Thing Theory, the Subject and the Object, Puppetry Arts and performance.

CHR’s Khalid Shamis at the CHAM Conference 2019

PRODUCING IN THE PRESENT, PRESSURING THE PAST, FOR AN IMMEDIATE FUTURE. The key to the future lies in the past. The archive of the past is our immediate future. The question is not that we merely take and place the archive. We are not merely inheritors of a culture but its inherent makers.

Other lives of the image

Call for papers: International Workshop in Visual History & Theory

Warona

Presented by: Ukwanda Puppets and Designs Company

Seminar: Willemien Froneman

Nico Carstens, Disavowal, and the Perverted Mind of Apartheid

Lion’s Share: Remaking South African Copyright

A Humanities in Session Lecture by Prof. Veit Erlmann

Testimony and Truth Today

A Humanities in Session Lecture by Proffessor Sara Guyer

Seminar: Ari Sitas

Of Chata: Beginnings of a Journey

Sex and the Profane: FAKA, Abject Erotics, and the Politics of Deviance in post-apartheid South Africa

A Humanities in Session Lecture by Assistant Professor Jordache A. Ellapen

Seminar: Wilton Schereka

Speculate – troubling reducibility and blackness

Seminar: Claudia Gastrow

The Discomforts of Home: Infrastructure, Aesthesis and Political Belonging

The Curricular and the Global, the Tropic and the Taxonomic

The Global Humanities Curriculum Workshop held in December of 2018 enabled a rich set of connections and convergences around questions of the curriculum.

Intellectuals, Politics, Taboos

A Humanities in Session Lecture by Professor Patrick Baert

Seminar: Edgar Taylor

Archival Futures in Uganda

Seminar: Raquel Schefer

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

Seminar: Janne Rantala

Public memory and political ancestors through Mozambican rap music

Seminar: Robert Reid-Pharr

This Grey Gulf

Visualizing Baldwin

A lecture by Warren Crichlow

Seminar: Sara Guyer

Critical Anthropomorphism After #MeToo: Reading The Friend

Seminar: Kass Banning

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

Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom

The Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI) Africa Workshop 2019 was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with scholars from the CHR attending.

CHR Year-End Colloquium

15 November 2018

Reza Khota Quartet to play at Cape Town International Jazz Festival

CHR Artist in Residence to perform at 20th annual festival

Cape Town Global Humanities Curriculum Workshop

10 and 11 December 2018

Reza Khota Quartet – Liminal

25 November 2018

RIVER AND REDFIN

The CHR and Net Vir Pret Annual Giant Puppet Parade and Performance, Barrydale, 16 December 2018

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

The Subject Races: Populations, Classifications, Justice

The workshop is therefore interested in how we might think, conceptually, historically, politically, about the figure of the subject races across these African experiences.

Decolonization and the Aesthetic Cold War: Towards an Intellectual History

Seminar by Professor Peter Kalliney

Seminar: Doug Mulliken

Human Violence and Technological Memory

Ife and Bilal Performance

1 & 2 October, Theatre Arts Admin Collective

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

The Photography of History: Sally Mann at Antietam

Keynote Lecture at International Workshop

On The Edge of History: International Workshop

Visual History Workshop – FULLY BOOKED

Seminar: Stephanie Vos

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

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

Warona

New Performance by Ukwanda Puppetry Collective

Seminar: Kara Moskowitz

Decolonization, Development and the Making of Kenya

Public Lecture: Elizabeth Giorgis

Professor Giorgis teaches Art Theory and Criticism in the Graduate School of the College of Performing and Visual Art at the Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Winter School 2018

The 2018 Winter School and Retreat held from 3 – 6 July 2018 will bring together questions of desire, technology, and practice under the title After Technology.

African Ethnographies

2019 African Critical Inquiry Workshop

Louis Moholo in conversation

CHR will be hosting a public conversation with jazz drumming great Louis Moholo at the Guga S’thebe Community Centre in Langa at 6.30 pm on June 8th 2018

Seminar: Sarah Godsell

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

Seminar: Aidan Erasmus

Dispatch: Eduction, Sound, and the Senses

Sound Workshop with Dr. Thokozani Mhlambi

23 May 2018 at 1pm

Public Lecture: South Africa’s Hosting of the 2018 BRICS Summit

Public Lecture hosted by The Centre for Humanities Research and the Department of Political Studies

Political Theory Reading Workshops

The Wiredu-Ezu Debate and Philosophy and “Real” Politics

CHCI Africa Workshop Addis 2019

Africa as Concept and Method: Emancipation, Decolonization, Freedom

Seminar: Jacob Cloete

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

Workshop: Migrants, Markets and the Modalities of Rule

The Migrating Violence Research Platform of the Centre for Humanities Research presents a workshop on Migrants, Markets and the Modalities of Rule.

Collaborative Voices Part 1. Two musicians in Johannesburg in the 1980s:

Please join us for a presentation by Biddy Partridge.

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

Two Workshops on Missingness

A workshop hosted by: African Critical Inquiry Program (ACIP), NRF Forensic History Project and Centre for Humanities Research, UWC.

Missing Subjects and the Subjects of Missingness

in collaboration with the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

Seminar: Julie MacArthur

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

Ne’er So Much The Ape

The CHR invites you to a performance of Ne’er So Much The Ape, a work produced, directed and written by Professor Jane Taylor, and performed by Jane Taylor, Tony Miyambo and Terry Norton .

New Jerusalem

The CHR is pleased to invite you to the opening of ‘New Jerusalem’, an exhibition of photographic work by the Visual History class of 2017.

Seminar: G. Arunima

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

CHCI Meeting Documentary

A short documentary on the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, held at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

Seminar: Jonathan Cane

South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar

Workshop: the (visual) subject

International Workshop on Visual History and Theory, Cape Town, 22-23 September 2017

Seminar: Fernando Rosa

Travelling Spirits and the Civilisation de l’universel: Apotropaic Writing and the Myth of Disenchantment

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

Hasan and Husain Essop

Athlone in Mind

Zyma Amien

Athlone in Mind

Athlone in Mind

Athlone in Mind is a digital platform, book (edited by Heidi Grunebaum), and exhibition of commissioned contemporary art – a group show curated by Kurt Campbell.

The CHR is happy to announce artist Jane Alexander as festival artist for the CHCI

The CHR is happy to announce artist Jane Alexander as festival artist for the CHCI […]

2018 African Critical Inquiry Workshop

Organizers of Missing and Missed, the 2018 ACIP Workshop: Nicky Rousseau and Ciraj Rassool

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

Conversations: Hilton Schilder

Conversations is a new series of public dialogues with jazz musicians and their legacies convened by […]

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)

Documentary Film Workshop

From 18 - 20 April 2017, the CHR in collaboration with the Jackman Humanities Institute […]

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

Seminar: Gramsci’s Bergson

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

Voortrekker Gateways Exhibition Opening

Please join us for the opening of ‘Voortrekker Gateways’, an exhibition of work by Visual […]

Nigel Gibson Seminar on Fanon

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

Workshop: Violent Pasts, Violent Futures?

The Migrating Violence research platform of the CHR presents a day workshop titled: Violent Pasts, […]

“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

In Equity: Experiences in the Arts

The Factory of the Arts presents a workshop and conversation on, “In Equity: Experiences in the Arts”.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Workshop

As part of a three-year collaborative venture with the CHR and the Jackman Humanities Institute […]

From Mozambique to the Cape: Performance Encounters in Music, Masks, Movement, Poetry and Painting

Venue: at the Factory of the Arts Time: 7pm Date: Tuesday 29 November. The Factory […]

Olifantland – Barrydale Parade 2016

The 2016 Barrydale Puppet Parade and Performance brings you Olifantland, a multilingual visual theatre show featuring five majestic life size elephant puppets by Adrian Kohler from Handspring Puppet Company in collaboration with UKWANDA Puppet and Design Collective.

Visual Gateways Exhibition

Between February and May 2016 postgraduate students in Visual History from UWC took their cameras […]

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 […]

Igniting Conversations about Science

CHR Director Professor Premesh Lalu delivered an address at the media launch of Science Forum […]

TRC workshop programme

The TRC workshop is the inaugural activity of the CHR's collaborative partnership with the Jackman […]

Seminar: Education or State Politics? – Elizabeth Giorgis

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

Discussion with Mira Nair

A discussion was held with the film director, Mira Nair, about her work and new […]

Seminar: State Capture?

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

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 […]

The Reza Khota Quartet with live art by Dathini Mzayiya

A very special audio- visual collaboration comes together on 28 September with The Reza Khota […]

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 […]

Images from Factory of the Arts

Arts Education Workshops in Puppetry, Performance and Visual Arts Arts Education workshops were conducted with […]

Seminar by Rachel Hatcher: The Omnipresent Chameleon

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

People You May Know: A Performance at the Factory of the Arts

People You May Know was a collaborative performance and exhibition featuring Dathini Mzayiya, Brydon Bolton, Reza Khota, Thokozani Mthiyane, and Daniel Grey, held at the Factory of the Arts.

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Global Apartheid – A Genealogy of Biopolitical Sovereignty

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

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 […]

Exhibition Launch: USAKOS: Photographs beyond Ruins

The Centre for Humanities Research and the Library invite you to the launch of an […]

Seminar: Portugal’s Photographic Play: Drew Thompson

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

On the Subject of Citizenship: A colloquium marking 20 years since the publication of Mahmood Mamdani’s Citizen and Subject

A colloquium marking 20 years since the publication of Mahmood Mamda-ni’s Citizen and Subject

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

2017 African Critical Inquiry Workshop: Secret Affinities

The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is pleased to announce that the 2017 ACIP workshop […]

Seminar: The Practice of Post-Apartheid Freedom

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 […]

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 […]

The University and its Worlds: A Panel Discussion with Achille Mbembe, Judith Butler, Wendy Brown, and David Theo Goldberg

The Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities invites you to a panel discussion on […]

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

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 […]

Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums

  Namibian exhibition on photography and forced removal now opens at the District Six Museum […]

Artist in Residence Mongi Mthombeni premieres ‘I See You’ at Royal Court 

Mongi Mthombeni, an artist in residence at the Centre for Humanities Research, premieres his play, […]

Art Week Cape Town 2016

The Factory of the Arts, a satellite of the CHR at UWC will be participating […]

The Insurrections Ensemble returns

The Insurrections Ensemble returns to the Homecoming Centre at District Six for two performances on […]

Lecture in African Humanities and Letters Hassan El Geretly Neo Muyanga

On 20 February 2015, the Centre for Humanities Research hosted the first Distinguished Lecture in […]

Love & Revolution

A workshop series & publication project A series of four international workshops on ‘love’ and […]

Durban and Cape Town as Indian Ocean Port Cities: Reconsidering Southern African Studies from the Indian Ocean

Sponsored by the Journal of Southern African Studies and the CHR, UWC, 11-14 September 2014 […]

Interruptions: Posters from the Community Arts Project Archive

Open Design Festival, Cape Town City Hall, 13 – 23 August 2014
Quarter Gallery, Regis Centre for Art, University of Minnesota, 18 November – 10 December 2014

Uncontained: Opening the Community Arts Project Archive

Art.b Gallery, Bellville, 8 May – 18 June 2012

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 18 August 2012 – 12 April 2013

Richa Nagar

Richa Nagar is currently Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of […]

Dag Henrichsen

Dag Henrichsen is a Namibian historian and archivist based at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) […]

Marissa Moorman

Marissa Moorman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the African Studies […]

Naomi Scheman

Naomi Scheman is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University […]

Partha Chatterjee

Partha Chatterjee is a political theorist and historian at Columbia University, New York City. He […]

Sanil V

Dr Sanil Viswanathan Nair (preferred: Sanil V.) is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of […]

Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar

Alejandro Castillejo-Cuéllar is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the […]

Timothy Campbell

Timothy Campbell is Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University, […]

Mu-chou Poo

Professor Poo has worked and taught at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan University, University of California, […]

Adam Sitze

A MacArthur Scholar from 1996 to 2003 at the University of Minnesota, Adam Sitze is […]

Nivedita Menon

Nivedita Menon is Professor in the Centre for Comparative Politics & Political Theory, School of […]

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor in the Department of French and Romance Philology and the […]

Jon Soske

Jon Soske is Professor of Modern African History at the University of Toronto, Canada. He […]

Hidden voices in the arts after apartheid

Iziko South African National Gallery (Iziko SANG), 16 February 2013

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