Public History and Culture in South Africa: Memorialisation and Liberation Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and the Township Space

Invitation: 2019 Heritage Day Seminar at the HSRC

Date: 26 September 2019
Time: 12:30 – 14:00
Venues: Video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban  Livestream via Vidyo

Presenters: Professor Ali Khangela Hlongwane (University of the Witwatersrand), and Professor Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu (University of South Africa, UNISA)
Chair:  Dr Mathias Fubah Alubafi  (Human Scineces Research Council)

The post-apartheid era in South Africa has in the space of nearly two decades, experienced a massive memory boom, manifest in a plethora of new memorials and museums and in the renaming of streets, buildings, cities and more across the country. This memorialisation is intricately linked to questions of power, liberation and public history in the making and remaking of the South Africa nation. Drawing from their recently published Book: Public History and Culture in South Africa: Memorialisation and Liberation Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and the Township Scape (Palgrave, 2019), Professor Ali Khangela Hlongwane and Professor Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu will examine the place of Nelson Mandela House and Apartheid Museum as important Heritage Sites in post-1994 South Africa.

Ali Khangela Hlongwane is a Researcher at Wits History Workshop and a Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has published chapters in the multi-volume: The Road to Democracy in South Africa and is the editor of: Public History and Culture in South Africa: Memorialisation and Liberation Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and the Township Scape (Palgrave, 2019).

Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu is Professor at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and author of: The Soweto Uprising: Counter-Memories of June 1976 (1998), and African Perspectives of King Dingane KaSenzangakhona: The Second King of the Zulu Kingdom (Palgrave, 2017).

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za
Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Contact Shouneez Khan| T: (021) 466 7948 | E: skhan@hsrc.ac.za
Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact Ridhwaan Khan  | T: (031) 242 5400  | C: 083 788 2786  | E: RKhan@hsrc.ac.za 

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST