UP Expert Lecture Series presented by Prof Charles van Onselen

Posted on October 08, 2015

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, cordially invites you to the 19th lecture in the UP Expert Lecture Series titled:
‘Sunny Places for Shady Characters’. The Making of Working Class Cultures in Southern Africa’s Mining Revolution, c.1886-1914. 
The lecture will be presented by Prof Charles van Onselen, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria.
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Time: Lecture will start at 17:00 with a Cocktail function after the lecture from 18:15–19:30
Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria
GPS: S25° 45’ 21” E28° 13’ 51”
Dress: Day wear
RSVP: By 14 October at [email protected]
Enquiries: Neo Maseko, 012 420 2631
South Africa’s industrial revolution occurred in a Calvinist-dominated and labour-repressive state linked via a strategic corridor to a Catholic regime in Mozambique that was markedly less morally repressive. Third
parties used these disparities in state power to exploit the legitimate or illegitimate demand for certain products or services for private or public financial gain. The resulting patterns of social control and collective work class behaviour are best understood as liminal phenomena operating from within this Calvinist-Catholic nexus. By exploring the historical links between Johannesburg and Lourenço Marques, the rise and decline of the trade in alcohol and opium or the provision of outlets for gambling and prostitution can be traced in ways that help illuminate the dark underside of Southern Africa’s industrial revolution in new ways.
Prof Charles van Onselen holds a BSc and UED from Rhodes University, a BA Hons (Wits), a DPhil from Oxford University and a DLit (Honoris Causa) from Rhodes University. He is the author of articles in leading
international journals, and several books on Southern African history. In 2000, 2007 and 2014 he was accorded an A rating by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for his work in the social sciences.
He has been Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor at various universities in the UK and in Europe. In 2012 he was elected the Inaugural Oppenheimer Fellow at the WEB du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
He is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Stellenbosch University, and Research Professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria.
The UP Expert Lecture Series provides a public platform for researchers at the University of Pretoria to engage with a general audience on significant developments in their fields of expertise which are likely to
have an impact in the future. 
We invite you to participate in UP’s one-hour Expert Lecture Series and to be enriched by the University’s research output.
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