Time: Exploring Conceptions

Posted on February 06, 2014

The aim is to involve members of the University community from different disciplines – staff and postgraduate students – in an inclusive and open conversation aimed at a richer understanding of what time is and how it affects our lives and our work.

This initial workshop, which may result in an additional series of workshops later in 2014, will be held according to the following programme:

Tuesday 4 March 2014

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and tea


Chair: Karin van Marle

09:30 – 10:15

The concept of Time in Physics

Prof Jan Boeyens, Quantum Chemistry, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship

10:15 – 11:00

Ragnarok - the war at the end of time

Dr Francois Durand, (Palaeontologist & Environmental Scientist)

11:00 – 11:15

Tea Break

11:15 – 12:00

The time of our lives

Dr Benda Hofmeyr, Associate Professor, Philosophy (UP)

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch Break


Chair: Prof Alan Mabin

13:30 – 14:00

Dynamics of Time consciousness in mind health: the junction of African music principles

Prof Meki Nzewi, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices in SADC and Professor of African Music (UP)

14:00 – 14:30

Time – Some theological perspectives

Prof Dirk Human, deputy dean of Theology

Dr Johann Meylahn, Professor in Practical Theology (UP)

14:30 – 15:00

Law’s Time

Prof Karin Van Marle, Head of Department of Jurisprudence, Law Prof Karin Van Marle, Head of Department of Jurisprudence, Law

15:00 – 16:00





Venue: Old College House, University of Pretoria, Main Campus

RSVP: kindly RSVP to [email protected] on or before 21 February 2014. Please note that there are only 40 spaces available so your early registration is advised.

  • Refreshments will be served
  • Please indicate any dietary and/or parking requirements
  • Persons with physical disabilities are kindly requested to contact the abovementioned person if assistance is required.
  • For more information, please contact Ms Stella Mpisi on 012 420 2653 or [email protected]

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