The Centre for Humanities Research hosts a number of events such as public lectures, exhibitions and performances.You can view news items on these events as well as related video, audio and photographic material here.

Commission Continua

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

Breaking Ground at Greatmore

With construction underway on Greatmore, a sod-turning ceremony was held to celebrate the coming to fruition of the proposal for an arts and humanities hub supported through the DSI-NRF Flagship and the NIHSS.

The Colonel’s Stray Dogs

The CHR is excited to share The Colonel’s Stray Dogs, a new documentary feature by Doctoral Fellow Khalid Shamis that premiered at the 2021 Hot Docs Festival.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

40th Anniversary of the Handspring Puppet Company

Friday February 5th marks the 40th anniversary for the Handspring Puppet Company, collaborators in the aesthetic endeavours of the CHR, most particularly as creative mentors to the Ukwanda Puppetry and Design Collective, as well as the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects (LoKO).

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+’.

Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment

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

The Sound of Masks

As part of the Communicating the Humanities research project, The CHR Documentary film class was in conversation with film editor and CHR Artist in Residence, Khalid Shamis, and film director Sara DF De Gouvia, about their award winning film The Sounds of Masks

Influence

As part of the Communicating the Humanities research project, The CHR Documentary film class was in conversation with award winning journalists and filmmakers, Richard Poplak and Dianna Neile, and producer Neil Brant, about their latest film Influence.

Ambivalent. Photography and Visibility in African History Book Launch

Edited by Patricia Hayes and Gary Minkley
Published by Ohio University Press, 2019

The Walk: UWC & Boschendal Wish Little Amal Safe Travels

As South Africa celebrated Heritage Day this year, Boschendal Estate in Franschhoek provided an ideal backdrop for the first steps of Little Amal, a three-metre puppet created by the Handspring Puppet Company from South Africa to represent the plight of a refugee child.

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

ARA Podcast – Researching the Arts of Movement – a conversation with Prof Jane Taylor

As part of the Arts Research Africa dialogue, the CHR’s Professor Jane Taylor was interviewed

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

A Winter School webinar with Associate Professor Nancy Luxon

The New Normal Life

The New Normal Life is a film with puppetry about the pandemic, written, directed, performed, filmed and edited by the Ukwanda Puppetry and Design Collective

The Black Aquatic: On Water, Art and Black Movement

A Winter School webinar with Professor Rinaldo Walcott

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

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

Die Virus

The song was inspired by a request made to Selanvor (who is fast becoming one of Barrydale’s celebrated young artists) from residents of the village, to create an artistic response to the virus and the time we are in now.

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.

Premesh Lalu in virtual conversation

The virtual conversation took place on Thursday, 30 April 2020.

Suren Pillay speaks on xenophobic violence

Professor Suren Pillay of the CHR participated in a conversation around xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Video: Soft Thresholds

The CHR in partnership with African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town and UCT School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatic and Wolff Architects hosted a lecture titled Soft Thresholds by practicing architect and educator Rahul Mehrotra.

A Look Back at the 2019 Mellon Africa Humanities Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In January, CHCI held its first Africa Humanities Workshop in Addis Ababa, hosted by Elizabeth Giorgis, Associate Professor of Art History, Criticism and Theory in the College of Performing and Visual Art and the Center for African Studies at Addis Ababa University.

RIVER AND REDFIN

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

A Future Museum Against Apartheid

This short documentary film showcases the work of the Art Against Apartheid collection.

A Future Museum Against Apartheid

This short documentary film showcases the work of the Art Against Apartheid collection.

RCMC Annual Conference 2017

Reckoning with History, hosts a set of discussions around questions of how to imagine the future of ethnographic museums and collections in fashioning a postcolonial present.

Encounters Film Festival

The CHR is pleased to announce that three documentaries produced as part of the Documentary Film course will show at this years 20th Annual Encounters South African International Film Festival.

Dark Things

A collaborative project featuring CHR Artist in Residence Reza Khota

Seminar: Warrior Mothers and Immunity Moms: Motherhood, Neoliberalism and Autism

Jigna Desai (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota)

Renosterbos: Barrydale Festival 2017

The end of each year, for Handspring Puppet Company and the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR, DST-NRF Flagship), has in the past eight years culmin

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

Derek Gripper & Reza Khota Rehearsal

In preparation for their upcoming show at this year’s CHCI meeting at the Castle of […]

A Map of Suffering

The CHR’s Factory of the Arts, composer Reza Khota in collaboration with the AfroAsia’s project’s fine artist and animator Kristy Stone present the first part of their work as a collaboration.

Jazz and the Politics of Co-Creation

On Friday 23 June, Kelley gave a presentation titled Jazz and the Politics of Co-creation.

Video and Podcast: Conversations with Hilton Schilder

Conversations is a new series of public dialogues with jazz musicians and their legacies convened by the Factory of the Arts

Olifantland

The Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Handspring Puppet Company, Ukwanda, Net […]

Film Screening: Noma

The CHR's platform on Aesthetics and Politics invites you to a film screening as part […]

Olifantland – Trailer

A Film by Stanley John The 2016 Barrydale Puppet Parade and Performance, called Olifantland, a […]

New Horizons Spotlight

The Factory of the Arts was recently featured in Cape Town Television’s weekly programme, New […]

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.

State Capture?

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

Discussion with Mira Nair

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

Animation of Dathini Mzayiya making a drawing of Emile Maurice

Dathini Mzayiya and Reza Khota Animation Commemoration for Emile Maurice Reza recorded separate photographic images […]

Images from Factory of the Arts

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

Against the Metaphysics of Racial Difference by Siba Grovogui (Cornell University, USA)

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

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.

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, […]

South Sudan: The Road to Civil War – A Lecture by Mahmood Mamdani

Professor Mahmood Mamdani delivered a public lecture titled “South Sudan: The Road to Civil War’ on 18 August 2016 at the University of the Western Ca

Die Name Wat Ons Gee/The Names That We Give

2015 Barrydale Festival with Net Vir Pret and Handspring Puppet Company

Encounters Festival: Films by UWC’s CHR fellows and Department of English students

The Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape is proud to announce the debut of two short films and a full length film at t

​From Rhodes(ia) to Zimbabwe: Rhodes Must Fall, Post-colonial Politics and University Transformation

Brian Raftopoulos delivered a lecture titled From Rhodes(ia) to Zimbabwe: Rhodes Must Fall, Post-colonial Politics, […]

“The Crisis in Syria”: A Question of Futures’ by Na’eem Jeenah

The Dullah Omar Centre for Critical Thought in African Humanities, a satellite project of the […]

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 […]

The Humanities and the University in Ruin – Prof Mowitt

Annual Deans Distinguished Lecture – UWC Arts Faculty presented by Prof. John Mowitt.
Theme: “The Humanities and the University in Ruin”

The effects of Apartheid on the creative fields and aesthetic education – Premesh Lalu

Premesh Lalu, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa reflects on the effects of Apartheid on the creative fields and aesthetic education in South Africa.

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

Jon Berndt Collection

Jon Berndt Collection An artist, designer, photographer, author and scholar, Jon Berndt (1950-2010) was born […]

Hidden voices in the arts after apartheid

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

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