Featured Research: People & Society

  • Story

    Disaster triggers solidarity rather than disruption among South Africans

    South Africans have been found to tend towards flocking instead of taking flight as a resilience response. This is according to Professor Liesel Ebersöhn, a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria (UP) and Director of the University’s Centre for the Study of Resilience.

  • Gallery

    Looking back in time - An Impossible Return

    Data – in multiple forms – informs stories, and stories shape the things we study. In this case, the acclaimed late South African sculptor David Brown helped UP academic and filmmaker Dr Siona O’Connell reshape one of her studies of forced removals.

  • Infographic

    What was the impact of the forced removals in Harfield Village?

    At a 2015 meeting with O'Connell, Brown shared photographs he had taken when he was a student at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. The pictures (illustrated in this article), were taken in the 1970s and show members of a community living in Harfield Village, in Cape Town's southern suburbs.

  • Stories

    Heritage: Finding your way back home after being 'uitgesmyt'

    The story centres on the coloured community in Elandskloof, in the picturesque Cederberg region of the Western Cape. The community was forcibly and violently removed from this area in 1962 when, as a result of the Group Areas Act of 1950,

  • Video

    Documentary: Uitgesmyt (Cast Out)

    Uitgesmyt - cast out - is a documentary by Dr Siona O'Connell which tells the story of the first land restitution case in South Africa.

  • Video

    Documentary: 'An impossible return'

    Data in multiple forms informs stories, and stories shape the things we study. In this case, the acclaimed late South African sculptor David Brown helped UP academic and filmmaker Dr Siona O'Connell reshape one of her studies of forced removals.

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