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Debating the Legacy of Cecil Rhodes: Join Adekeye Adebajo, Paul Maylam and Chris Landsberg in Cape Town

The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-EuropaAdekeye Adebajo, co-editor of The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa, will be taking part in a public dialogue on “Debating the Legacy of Cecil Rhodes”.

Adebajo will be speaking with Paul Maylam, Emeritus Professor of History at Rhodes University, in a discussion chaired by Chris Landsberg SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg.

Adebajo wrote an article questioning the honour still paid to Rhodes in Africa late last year, foreshadowing the controversy around the statue at UCT earlier this month.

The event will be on Thursday, 26 March from 5:30 to 7 PM.

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Adam Habib Debates Hot Topics Relating to Democracy and Higher Education with Judge Dennis Davis

South Africa's Suspended RevolutionRewolusie op ysInguqukombuso YeNingizimu Afrika Eyabondwa YashiywaNtwa ya Boitseko e Fanyehuweng ya Afrika Borwa

Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor of Wits University and author of South Africa’s Suspended Revolution (available in four languages), took part in a debate at UCT’s recent Summer School about hot issues affecting democracy and higher education in South Africa.

Habib discussed his opinion on the state of things with Judge Dennis Davis. They spoke about what South Africa is getting right, and what it still desperately needs to work on.

Yusuf Omar wrote an article about the debate for UCT Daily News.

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Judge Davis, a professor at UCT’s Faculty of Law, began by asking Habib, the vice-chancellor of Wits University, whether he still stood by his 2013 statement calling the ANC an increasingly “grubby instrument of enrichment” that paid lip service to democracy and social justice, but undermined democratic institutions.

Habib said that while he stood by that statement, it was important to note that South Africa was a far better place today than it was in 1994, and that there’d been “big mistakes” by all sides, including the state and big business.

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Deborah James to Launch Money from Nothing with Adam Kuper and Jane Guyer in London

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Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South AfricaDeborah James will be launching her book Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa at the London School of Economics.

James will be speaking about her book, a look at the contradictions of credit and indebtedness in South Africa, with Adam Kuper of LSE, and Jane Guyer from Johns Hopkins University.

This is an incredible opportunity for peope in the UK to get acquainted with James’ work which shows the varied ways in which access to credit is intimately bound up with identity and status-making in South Africa.

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Join Penny Siopis and Cedric Nunn for the South African Artists in Focus Lecture Series at WAM

Penny Siopis: Time and AgainThe Wits Art Museum would like to invite you to the South African Artists in Focus lecture series with Penny Siopis and Cedric Nunn.

The purpose of the series is to engage with the work of prominent South African artists as they grapple with issues of race, identity, sexuality and much more.

The series will run from Wednesday, 18 March, to Wednesday, 6 May, and the lectures by art experts Anitra Nettleton, Walter Oltmann, Laura de Becker and Christopher Richards will take place inside the museum from 6:30 to 7:30 PM every day.

The entrance fee is R360 to R540 and participants can view the art exhibitions of Siopis and Nunn, which will run from Wednesday, 22 April, to Sunday, 26 July, and from Wednesday, 11 March, to Sunday, 12 April, respectively.

For more information about the prominent themes in Siopis’ work read Penny Siopis: Time and Again by Gerrit Olivier.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 18 March, to Wednesday, 6 May, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Wits Art Museum
    1 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Cover charge: R360 to R540
  • RSVP: Leigh Blanckenberg,, 011 717 1378/65

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Exploring the Narratives of Migration, Immigrants and Xenophobia in Johannesburg

Migrant Women of JohannesburgPolo Moji of the University of Pretoria has written a piece for the Journal for Literature on Caroline Wanjiku Kihato’s Migrant Women of Johannesburg: Life in an in-between city.

Moji says Kihato’s use of self-photography as a visual narrative in the book is “a gamble that more than pays off”, allowing her to provide “fresh conclusions” on the ways in which migrant women see themselves, and making Migrant Women of Johannesburg a “meaningful contribution to migrant studies”.

Read Moji’s review here:

“Caroline Kihato’s book Migrant Women in Johannesburg: Life in an in-between city, explores (un)belonging and the dichotomy of inclusion/exclusion through the interrelated narratives of the May 2008 xenophobic violence that displaced thousands of foreign migrants across the country. Agamben’s theories about the concentration camp as a “state of exception” are interwoven with the perspectives of a South African Police sergeant (98– 102) and a refugee (108–11) shift the tones of the book to a humanitarian consideration of political liminality or statelessness. The skilful interrogation of terms such as refugee, asylum seeker and immigrant highlights the shifting boundaries of legality and illegality that make the refugee camp the ultimate symbol of homelessness.

For more information, see these Wits University Press books on migration, immigrants and xenophobia:

Changing Space, Changing CityExorcising the Demons WithinGo Home or Die HereA Long Way Home

Selecting ImmigrantsSouth Africa and IndiaWho built Jozi?Africa on the Move

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  • Go Home or Die Here: Violence, Xenophobia and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa edited by Tawana Kupe, Eric Worby, Shireen Hassim
    EAN: 9781868144877
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  • A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds 1800 – 2014 edited by Peter Delius, Fiona Rankin-Smith, Laura Phillips
    EAN: 9871868147670
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  • Africa on the Move: African Migration and Urbanisation in Comparative Perspective edited by Eleanor Preston-Whyte, Marta Tienda, Sally E Findley, Stephen Tollman
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Gabeba Baderoon and Kylie Thomas to Present a Seminar at Stellenbosch: Intimate Publics

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Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheidImpossible MourningGabeba Baderoon, author of Regarding Muslims: From slavery to post-apartheid, and Kylie Thomas, author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after Apartheid, will be presenting a seminar at Stellenbosch University in March.

The seminar, which is part of the Stellenbosch University English Department’s seminar series, is entitled Intimate Publics: “African Photography” & “Faces and Phases”.

It will take place on Thursday, 12 March, in the Yellow Molteno room, between 12 and 1 PM.

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  • Date: Thursday, 12 March 2015
  • Time: 12 PM for 1 PM
  • Venue: Yellow Molteno Room
    Arts and Social Sciences Building
    5th Floor
    Stellenbosch University | Map

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“Think Tool” to Manage Poorly Managed Urban Areas Produced by Changing Space, Changing City Editors

Changing Space, Changing CityPhilip Harrison and Alison Todes, co-authors of Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg After Apartheid, recently took part in the celebration and report of a three-year-funded programme at Wits entitled “Urban Resilience Assessment for Sustainable Urban Development”.

The programme, with Harrison as the lead investigator, produced a document which “recognises both the threats posed by poorly managed urban areas and of the opportunities that towns and cities offer for greater resilience and sustainability”, Northcliff Melville Times reports. This is intended as a “think tool” to aid thinking around “social resilience, environmental resilience and economic resilience, among others”. Todes also took part in the programme and presented her findings on the evening.

Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid is a richly illustrated study which offers detailed empirical analyses of changes in the city’s physical space, as well as a host of chapters on the character of specific neighbourhoods and the social identities being forged within them.

Read the article to find out more about urban recilience:

Academics and industry professionals gathered at the Wits Club at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) on 16 February to listen to a report surrounding the topic of urban resilience. The report, entitled Urban Resilience Thinking for Municipalities, is the result of a new urban development concept that has rapidly gained a central place in spatial and urban planning policy in South Africa over the past few years. The report was not designed as a manual or tool box, but rather as a tool to promote urban resilience thinking.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Return to India with a Reprint of Eric Itzkin’s Gandhi’s Johannesburg

Gandhi’s JohannesburgOn Friday, 27 February, academics from around the world came together to celebrate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to India.

The two-day international conference was hosted by the Centre for Indian Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Indian missions in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

The conference celebrated various aspects of Ghandi’s life and career, especially his Satyagraha movement and the establishment of the newspaper, Indian Opinion, to further the Indian independence movement.

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“Mahatma Gandhi and his association with South Africa, his adopted country for long years, remains an inspiring narrative of the shared values and struggles of the peoples of South Africa and India,” said Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam, who cited Gandhi’s writings at the conference.

Ghanashyam said it was appropriate that the conference was taking place in Johannesburg where the foundations of his ‘Satyagraha’ movement were laid.

Wits University Press will release a reprint of the classic book about Gandhi’s life in April 2015 – Gandhi’s Johannesburg: Birthplace of Satyagraha by Eric Itzkin.

About the book

From the young mining town of Johannesburg came ideas of peaceful struggle which spread across the world. Formulated by Mohandas Gandhi in the early 1900s, the philosophy of Satyagraha (soul force or passive resistance) became an inspiration to millions all over the world.

For a decade, during the formative years of his philosophy, Gandhi lived in and around Johannesburg where he established a prosperous law practice, though his legal work was soon overtaken by his political activism in support of Indian rights. During that decade, he made the streets and suburbs of the city his own, changing homes frequently and walking tirelessly.

Tolstoy Farm and other places and buildings captured in words and pictures in this evocative book are landmarks of Ghandi’s personal and political growth. The sites featured span huge social divides, from slums and shanties of the old Indian Location to the comfortable suburbs reserved for whites. Considered as a whole, they and the events surrounding them are an essential part of the Gandhian experience.

About the author

Eric Itzkin, a specialist in African Studies, has worked as a research librarian, archivist and museum curator. He is the curator of cultural history at Museum Africa in Johannesburg.

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Join Adam Habib in Johannesburg for the Launch of Two Books on South African Cities

Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after ApartheidUrban Governance in Post-apartheid CitiesWits Press, UKZN Press and Adam Habib would like to invite you to the launch of two books about Johannesburg and its development.

Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid edited by Philip Harrison, Graeme Gotz, Alison Todes and Chris Wray and Urban Governance in Post-apartheid Cities: Modes of Engagement in South Africa’s Metropoles edited by Marie Huchzermeyer and Christoph Haferburg will be launched at the same event.

The launch will be at Shikisha Café at 6 for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, 4 March.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
  • Time: 6 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Shikisha Café
    Miriam Makeba Street
    Newtown | Map
  • Host: Adam Habib
  • RSVP: Corina,

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View Pages and Images from Gerrit Olivier’s Penny Siopis: Time and Again

Penny SiopisGabrielle Guy has shared some pages from Gerrit Olivier’s new book, Penny Siopis: Time and Again.

To coincide with the publication of the book the South African National Gallery announced the first retrospective exhibition of Penny Siopis’ work, also titled Time and Again, which runs until 23 March, when it will move to the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg.

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Watch a video from the opening of the exhibition at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town:

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