Department of Historical and Heritage Studies presents a dozen papers at international conference

Posted on July 21, 2016

The Historical Association of South Africa (HASA) recently held an international conference to mark its sixtieth anniversary. The theme of the conference was 'Bridging the disciplinary divide: new routes to understanding South Africa's past'. The University of Pretoria's Department of Historical and Heritage Studies was very well represented by staff, postgraduate students and alumni. No less than a dozen research papers emanated from this cohort.

The following students presented on their postgraduate studies and ongoing research:

  • Morgainne du Plessis presented a paper on Alan Paton and his American history.
  • Sian Pretorius focussed on the relationship between non-fiction and the discipline of history.
  • Alida Green analysed the significance of dance historiography.
  • Charlene Herselman and Prof Karen Harris presented a joint paper on public history and film tourism.
  • Baxter Tavuyanago considered Transfrontier parks in a historical perspective.

The following alumni presented on their postgraduate work and post-doctoral research.

  • Bronwyn Strydom, currently a post-doctoral researcher at Unisa, focussed on black university histories.
  • Cornelis Muller, a post-doctoral researcher at the Africa Research Centre at the University of the Free State (UFS), looked at policing in the ZAR.
  • Eleanor Bron, currently enrolled for her doctorate at the Africa Research Centre at UFS, presented on her development of a creative methodology for the use of media for history.
  • Nadine Moore, now a contract lecturer at Unisa, considered the interpretations of the Bantu Education Act.

The following staff also spoke at the event:

  • Prof Karen Harris, as president of HASA, presented a keynote address: 'Open House – HASA @60'.
  • Dr Thula Simpson focussed on the debate about the origins of the ANC's armed struggle.
  • Dr Glen Ncube considered colonial African patients and archives.

These papers reflect the very rich and diverse research being conducted by the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies.


- Author Department of Historical and Heritage Studies

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