Historical Trauma and Transformation
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Seminar Programme

PUBLIC WEBINAR

ENGAGE|DISENGAGE Intergenerational Conversations about
Apartheid Trauma

Wednesday, 25  November 2020

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Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation collaborated with Stellenbosch University’s Visual Arts Department by inviting third year students to ‘listen’ to the stories that are currently featured in the digital exhibition, Through the Eyes of Survivors of Apartheid: Life Despite Pain and Suffering. This conversation draws on ways in which the students engaged with the stories and the storytellers and the possibilities for human connection that emerge from these encounters. Dr. Marietjie Oelofsen is a post-doctoral fellow at the Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation unit and the curator of the digital exhibition, Through the Eyes of Survivors of Apartheid: Life Despite Pain and Suffering. She was in conversation with:
  • John Edwin Mason, professor in African history and the history of photography in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, USA.
  • Dr Thembinkosi Goniwe, an artist, art historian and lecturer at Rhodes University, South Africa.
  • Dr Karolien Perold-Bull, a lecturer and coordinator of the Visual Communication Design division in the Visual Arts Department, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Date Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Time 16h00 – 17h30

PUBLIC WEBINAR

Gender and the Slow Violence of Poverty Intergenerational Legacies

Wednesday, 18  November 2020

Professors Lou-Marié Kruger and Malose Langa to reflect on this topic based on their books:
Of Motherhood Melancholia: Notebook of a Psychoethnographer by Lou-Marié Kruger and Becoming Men: Masculinities
in a South African Township by Malose Langa.

 


Gender and the Slow Violence of Poverty Intergenerational Legacies.pdf

WEBINAR

Through the Eyes of Survivors of Apartheid: A Digital Exhibition - hosted by the Chair, Historical Trauma and Transformation (by invitation only).

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Through the Eyes of Survivors of Apartheid: Life Despite Pain and Suffering

“Through the Eyes of Survivors of Apartheid” is a digital exhibition that contains stories about the ‘things that sit with us’ in the aftermath of historical violence. The exhibition is based on stories from the book, “These Are the Things that Sit with Us”, which feature personal narratives of 29 people about their memories of life under apartheid. Through photographs, voice recordings, and other images, these stories come alive, forcing viewers to look, to listen, and to reflect on the range of meanings that the exhibition may evoke.

12:00 – 12:45
  • Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Research Chair: Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, in conversation with:
  • Bongani Mgijima, Director of Stellenbosch University Museum.
  • Dr Marietjie Oelofsen, Post-doctoral fellow in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, and the lead Curator of the Exhibition.
  • Dr Nancy Rushohora, Post-doctoral fellow in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation. She is involved in co-leadership of Exeter University’s “Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts”.

13:00 – 13:45
  • Dr Sakiru Adebayo and Manosa Nthunya will be in conversation with Noncedo Gxekwa and Botswele Mogotlane – the creatives who photographed the storytellers and images featured in “These are the things that sit with us”.
  • Dr Sakiru Adebayo received his PhD from Wits University. His doctoral thesis is on the portrayals of traumatic memories in African novels.
  • Manosa Nthunya is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Wits University. His research looks at the intersection between Psychoanalysis and South African Literature.
  • Noncedo Gxekwa is a freelance photographer from Cape Town. She studied photography at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
  • Botswele Mogotlane is a freelance photographer in Johannesburg. He studied photography at the Orms Cape Town School of Photography.

 



PUBLIC WEBINAR
VISUAL POLITICS  Navigating Violent Histories

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Images of black social protest are forever fixed in the popular imagination through photography. From the medium’s beginning, race and gender have shaped and controlled the production and reception of photographic representations of people, both politically and aesthetically. This conversation will explore the mobilisation of photographs in the ongoing struggle for human rights, and with reference to the American Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid movements. We will think about visual activism, visual politics and the power of images to record and advocate at the same time as register violence, erasure and repression. The historical role of photographers in producing an archive chronicling social issues, racialised death and trauma as well as resistance and refusal provides a resource with which we can think, navigate and describe the past.  How these relate to current struggles for recognition and redress are urgent issues that contemporary reworkings of the archive, and visual/oral testimony address.

Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Time: 15h00 – 16h30
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cArJl9Y8RA6T-IxNwEhakw

Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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WEBINAR INVITE - VISUAL POLITICS, NAVIGATING VIOLENT HISTORIES.pdf


PUBLIC WEBINAR
Citizens’ Action against Corruption in Times of Coronavirus

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

This discussion will show the partnership between scholars and activist to fight the spread  of the Coronavirus on the corruption front. Response to global health pandemics such as the Coronavirus present opportunities for corruption by those in positions of power who take advantage of the crisis to enrich themselves.

A striking example of this is the use of a guest house in a small village in the Eastern Cape owned by an MEC’s daughter as a quarantine facility without following proper Covid-19 protocols.  This panel discussion will show the power of citizens’ action to stop the plague of brazen corruption from spreading Coronavirus in their community. 

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Time: 12h00 – 13h45
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9H-H6XaHT-O7kXcSpWhW8g

Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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PUBLIC WEBINAR
Coloured Identity and the Violence of History

13 May 2020

Brindley Fortuin will explore how memories of violence are intricately bound up in constructions of Coloured identity.

Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Time: 12:00 to 13:30
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YXbDeg_1TZ2nTuUtU_0LBw
Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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WEBINAR INVITE - COLOURED IDENTITY AND THE VIOLENCE OF HISTORY.pdf

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PUBLIC WEBINAR
"White Work" and Engaging with the Violence of Racism

22 April 2020

Join us for a panel conversation with Prof Melissa Steyn, Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd, and Helgard Pretorius, exploring the challenges and possibilities of doing "white work" as a response to the violence of racism in South Africa today.

Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Time: 12h00 - 13h45
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6T8MQuuMSWyU2QUSe6tXbQ
Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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WEBINAR INVITE - WHITE WORK AND ENGAGING WITH THE VIOLENCE OF RACISM.pdf

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PUBLIC LECTURE
Theatrical Politics:  Ubu and the Truth Commission Revisited

4 March 2020

Premesh Lalu is former director of the Centre for Humanities Research, and Principle Investigator  of the DST-NRF Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities, at the University of the  Western Cape revisits the theatrical co-production of Ubu and the Truth Commission by William Kentridge, Jane Taylor, and the Handspring Puppet Company.

Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Time: 12h15 – 13h45
Venue: Historical Trauma and Transformation Seminar Room 0010
Address: GG Cillié Education Building, Entrance at back and side of building (not main entrance)
Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
RSVP: To assist with catering RSVP by Monday, 2 March - Landi Meiring: landim@sun.ac.za

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PUBLIC PRESENTATION
Designing Reparations - The Reparative Potential  of Film, Documentary and New Media

11 March 2020

This joint presentation by Andrea Durbach, Professor of Law at UNSW, and Jill Bennett, a Scientia Professor in Art & Design at UNSW,  will focus on the reparative potential of arts-informed processes to redress harm resulting from historical trauma.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Time: 12h15 – 13h45
Venue: Historical Trauma and Transformation Seminar Room 0010
Address: GG Cillié Education Building, Entrance at back and side of building (not main entrance)
Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
RSVP: To assist with catering RSVP by Monday, 9 March - Landi Meiring: landim@sun.ac.za

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