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Southern Modernities

Humanities Faculty Research Theme

The Southern Modernities project takes advantage of the position of the University of Pretoria as a research-driven institution located within a network of other universities in the southern hemisphere. The project launches a sustained programme of study of southern modes of modernity based upon exchange and debate between thinkers in the southern hemisphere. Modernity is a largely self-referential term which Europe uses to define itself while it simply negates others. The concept of modernity is used by certain cultures to castigate others for their non-modernity in order to constitute themselves as the very model of modernity. It becomes paramount then, for those cultures to extricate themselves from the toils of a notion of Modernity that will always marginalise them. The purpose of this project is to conduct a counteroffensive against such hegemonic and homogenising tendencies. 
 

Research leaders:Professor Willie Burger and Professor Andries Visagie, Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria
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Distinguished scholar: 
Professor Mark Sanders, Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University

PhD student: 
Mr Matthias Pauwels, Department of Philosophy

 


2013 Events

Public Lecture: '100% Zulu Boy: Judging Jacob Zuma, Obiter Dicta' : 27 August 2013

Presented by Mark Sanders, Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of Complicities: The Intellectual and Apartheid, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Live Theory, and Ambiguities of Witnessing: Law and Literature in the Time of a Truth Commission. He recently completed a book entitled Learning Zulu: A Secret History of Language in South Africa. The visit of Prof Sanders takes place within the framework of the activities of the Faculty Research Theme (FRT) “Southern Modernities” funded by the Mellon Foundation.  


Public Lecture: 'Modernization as Africanization: Liberal Nostalgia, Negritude, Denialism': 29 August 2013
Presented by Mark Sanders, Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of Complicities: The Intellectual and Apartheid, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Live Theory, and Ambiguities of Witnessing: Law and Literature in the Time of a Truth Commission. He recently completed a book entitled Learning Zulu: A Secret History of Language in South Africa. The visit of Prof Sanders takes place within the framework of the activities of the Faculty Research Theme (FRT) “Southern Modernities” funded by the Mellon Foundation.  
 


2014 Events

“Intersections: older and newer connections in Afrikaans literature”: 30 September - 2 October 2014

Conference in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging (Afrikaans Literature Association / ALV)

Writing retreat for 14 postgraduate students and staff in the UP Language Departments in Magaliesburg: 1 - 3 December

Writing retreat in collaboration with the Languages Cluster at UP, facilitated by Dr Pamela Nichols from the Writing Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand

 

 

 

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