Black Radical Imagination: A Different Way Out

Fri, 2017-06-23 13:00
The Centre for African Studies (CAS) and Department of Sociology invite you to a seminar by Professor Robin D.G Kelley, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History.University of California Los Angeles Campus.  The talk is entitled, "Black Radical Imagination: A Different Way Out".  The title of the talk is taken from Robin’s 2002 book, Freedom dreams: the Black radical imagination. In the book, Robin traces what he calls black radical tradition propagated by black intellectuals, activists and artists who “not only imagined a different future, but in many instances their emancipatory vision proved more radical and inclusive”. According to him the ideas of people such as W.E.B Du Bois, Claude McKay, Aimé Césaire, Suzanne Césaire and Trinidadian-born communist Claudia Jones; “challenged and reshaped communism, surrealism, and radical feminism”. For Robin, the visions of these radicals were unfortunately “held at bay, if not completely marginalised”. Robin’s research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism; organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism, among other things. His essays have appeared in a wide variety of professional journals as well as general publications, including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Black Music Research Journal, African Studies Review, New York Times (Arts and Leisure), New York Times Magazine, The Crisis, The Nation, The Voice Literary Supplement, Utne Reader, New Labor Forum, Counterpunch, to name a few. Robin is currently collaborating with two other authors, Tera Hunter and Earl Lewis, on a general survey of African American history. In this project, they are proposing a re-writing of American history through the experiences and struggles of African Americans.  

A cattle-centred history of South Africa? : Some methodological issues

Wed, 2017-06-21 13:00
The Department of Historical Studies invites you to a Seminar by Mr Michael Glover, entitled, "A cattle-centred history of South Africa?  Some methodological issues". This seminar is about the methodological and theoretical issues accompanying attempts to write animal history. It has three parts. 1) It briefly motivates for why animal-centred history is important and the relevance of a cattle-centred history of South Africa. 2) It considers theoretical and methodological difficulties in writing animal history by examining concerns raised by Erica Fudge, Jason Hribal and Sandra Swart. 3) It uses Jan Bonsma's work on Bonsmara breeding 'science' (more accurately animal eugenics) to consider Bonsmara cattle as a case study to illuminate some methodological challenges to writing animal-centred history.

Fundraising Concert - UCT Symphony Orchestra Concerto Festival

Tue, 2017-06-13 19:30
CONCERTO FESTIVAL Come and support the students as they perform in a Concerto Festival which is a fundraiser to raise funds to send the orchestra to Grahamstown,next year.  Conductor: Daniel Boico   Some of the top performers from the SACM appear as soloists with the orchestra. This concert will include a short work by the winner of the SACM Composition Competition 2016, Johannes Visser.   Alice Clegg – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 - Allegro   Neil Robertson – Mozart Flute Concerto in G, K. 313 – Allegro maestoso   Tessa Campbell - Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20   Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg IV – Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op.22 – Allegro con fuoco   Osamu Nakada – Hindemith Trauermusik   Shannon Thebus – Glière Horn Concerto in B-flat Major, Op.91 - Allegro   Ané Pretorius – Berlioz Les nuis d'été, Op.7 - Le Spectre de la rose and Lile inconnue   Johannes Visser  (composer) sprokie, Op.4 Prices: R95 / UCT Staff: R85 Senior citizens and students: R70 / Learners: R50 Book at Computicket or at the door.

The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam

Wed, 2017-06-14 13:00
Associate Professor Saskia Coenen Snyder will present a seminar entitled, " The Diamond Industry in Nineteenth-Century Amsterdam" on behalf of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Historical Studies. Saskia Snyder (PhD University of Michigan, 2008) is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Associate Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is the author of Building a Public Judaism: Synagogues and Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-Century Europe, published by Harvard University Press in 2013. Her second book, tentatively titled Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Diamond Trade examines the role of Jews in the international diamond industry. Her work has appeared, among others, in Jewish Social Studies, Jewish History,Studies in Contemporary Jewry, and The Marginalia Review of Books. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Hadassah -Brandeis Institute Research Award, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Faculty Research Grant. For the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be a fellow - in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam.

Media postgraduates’ sprint through data to tackle spatial inequality

Tue, 2017-06-13 14:10 -- 01401867

Quick and dirty are not usually adjectives you want to associate with your research. But it has proven an apt description for the work of – and deliberate tactic by – postgraduate students from the Centre for Film & Media Studies, who investigated the media’s role in tackling spatial inequality in Cape Town.


The “Dark Side”: Popular Politics and the Question of Democratic Violence

Wed, 2017-08-23 13:00
The Department of Religious Studies invites you to a seminar by Dr Ruchi Chaturvedi, entitled, "The “Dark Side”:  Popular Politics and the Question of Democratic Violence".  Ruchi Chaturvedi received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and an M. Phil in Sociology from University of Delhi. She has taught at the City University of New York and Makerere Institute of Social Research. Ruchi’s research focuses on questions of political violence, popular politics and its contentious relationship with the ideology and institutions of liberal democracy. Her writings have revolved around a long-running violent conflict between local level political workers of the Marxist Left and Hindu Right in Kerala, South India. This presentation revolves around community protests and violent contests between members of various political groups in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Central to it is what Partha Chatterjee as well as Karl von Holdt, Langa et al. describe as the “dark side” of political society and insurgent citizenship: namely, the often-times collective and sometimes individualized violence that has characterized popular and party politics in various postcolonial states. I read this violence through critiques of liberal equality and democracy articulated especially in the Nigerian political theorist Claude Ake’s work, and in the historian Ajay Skaria’s analysis of Gandhi’s writings. Seen through these lenses, the violent dark side of political society and insurgent citizenship comes into view as an aspect of a shared postcolonial democratic inheritance. I describe the relationship between this modern democratic inheritance, the modes of enacting and organizing power that have emerged in its wake, and collective and inter-party violence. I conclude with the problem of recasting this democratic bequest that haunts Ake’s analysis as much as it does Gandhi’s.

Colonial Cinema and Decolonisation in South Africa

Tue, 2017-06-13 13:00
Dr Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk, will present the Department of Film & Media Studies seminar with a talk entitled,  "Colonial Cinema and Decolonisation in South Africa".

Corruption in South Africa: A Poet’s Lament

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:00
The Department of Religious Studies and the Centre for Contemporary Islam will hosting a talk by South African poet and Black Consciousness activist Don Mattera  entitled, "Corruption in South Africa: A Poet’s Lament".   D. F. Mattera has published various collections of poetry and an autobiography, Memory is the Weapon, which received the Steve Biko Prize. He has worked as a journalist for The Sunday Times, The Weekly Mail, now Mail & Guardian and The Sowetan. He holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Literature (DLit) from the University of Natal, and has received fellowships in Sweden and the U.S. Mattera continues to work with street children in the Eldorado community.   Corruption in South Africa: A Poet’s Lament Donato Francisco Mattera was born in 1935 in Western Native Township, now called Westbury, Johannesburg. He grew up in the mixed area of Johannesburg called Sophiatown before the apartheid government moved his family to Westbury, an area earmarked for people classified as “Coloured” by the apartheid government. During his formative years, Mattera became involved with gangsterism, eventually becoming the leader of the most notorious gang group called the Vultures. It was during the campaign against the removals of Black, Coloured, and Indians from Sophiatown that Mattera became more aware of the political dimension of his life. In the early 1970s he became involved in the politics of Black Consciousness, and helped to form the Union of Black Journalists, as well as the Congress of South African writers. From 1973 to 1982, the South African government banned him. Following this period, he became a member of the National Forum, which was against what it referred to as the “racial exclusivity” of the United Democratic Front.  

Transnational Assistance: Danish and Norwegian Migration to South Africa 1876 - 1882

Mon, 2017-06-12 13:00
Rasmus Bitsch will present the Department of Historical Studies seminar with a talk entitled, "Transnational Assistance: Danish and Norwegian Migration to South Africa 1876 - 1882 " Rasmus Bitsch finished his bachelors in History at the University of Roskilde in Denmark in 2012. Since then he has worked as a journalist and documentary producer working primarily in Denmark and South Africa, where he has lived since 2014. His work has been in the intersection between history and journalism and has shared a thematic focus on transformation through movement, memory, historiography and identity. Amongst other things, Rasmus is the editor of The Sound Africa podcast dealing with current as well as historical themes in a longform documentary format, he is the author of a book about traumatised Danish soldiers who, having fought in Afghanistan, now seeks healing in the Peruvian Amazon and he is a correspondent and documentary producer for Danish national public radio and several newspapers primarily in Scandinavia.