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.

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.

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

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.

A Future Museum Against Apartheid

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

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

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

A Map of Suffering

The CHR's Factory of the Arts, composer Reza Khota in collaboration with the AfroAsia's project's […]

Derek Gripper & Reza Khota Rehearsal

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

Jazz and the Politics of Co-Creation

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

Olifantland

The 2016 Barrydale Puppet Parade and Performance, called Olifantland, a
multilingual visual theatre show featuring five majestic elephant puppets

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

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

Radical Disenchantment

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

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 […]

New Horizons Spotlight

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

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, […]

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

Leaving Zion

A Winter School webinar with Associate Professor Heidi Grunebaum

State Capture?

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

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

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

This is part of a lecture series on the Idea of the University in Africa.

​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, […]

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

A Winter School webinar with Associate Professor Nancy Luxon

DST – NRF Flagship Launch: Minister Naledi Pandor Speech

DST-NRF Flagship launch: Heidi Speech

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

DST-NRF Flagship launch: Mongi Speech

DST-NRF Flagship launch: Premesh Lalu speech

The Black Aquatic: On Water, Art and Black Movement

A Winter School webinar with Professor Rinaldo Walcott

DST-NRF Flagship launch: Prof Tyrone Speech

DST-NRF Flagship launch: Surren Speech

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 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.

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

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

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”

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.

Dark Things

A collaborative project featuring CHR Artist in Residence Reza Khota

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

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 […]

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, […]

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

Factory of the Arts Artists in Residence Dathini Mzayiya and Reza Khota Performance

“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 […]

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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