Although the concentration camps of the South African War have been so important for Afrikaners, few academics have looked at them seriously. This lecture looks at the reasons for this and explores some of the major features of the camps. The camps gained their notoriety because of the high mortality, especially of the children. Modern research in the social history of medicine enables us to understand more fully why so many children died. The revelations of Emily Hobhouse led to major changes and the lecture will also look at the way in which the lives of the people were altered during the last months of the South African War.
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Date: Thu, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
By: Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen
Date: Sat, 25/03/2017 - 09:30
By: Walking tour with Jo Buitendach
Join Jo on a walking tour of some of the top art that the streets of Braamfontein have to offer. This walking tour will include public art, street art, graffiti, as well as looking at a bit of history and area regeneration. The tour will focus on how art can be used to regenerate the city, how Braamfontein is leading the regeneration of the city, as well as some background to graffiti in Johannesburg. We will see how the city is fast becoming an international graffiti and street art destination. This is the perfect opportunity for all those budding city photographers! So grab a comfy pair of shoes and the family and let’s hit the streets of Jozi for an arty adventure! And why not make a day of it and have lunch or coffee at the ‘Neighbourgoods’ Market or at one of Braamfontein’s fantastic coffee shops afterwards?
The story of an African farmscape: Soils, climate change and farming innovations in Bokoni, South Africa
Date: Thu, 16/03/2017 - 20:00
By: Dr Alex Schoeman
Extensive stonewalls, terraces and roads, which roughly covers 24 700 km² in northeastern South Africa, mark the location of the precolonial Bokoni polity that flourished between the 16th and 19th centuries CE. This paper reports on recent research on the conditions Bokoni farmers faced and managed, specifically, focusing on the creation of a terraced farming system and the associated selection and management of farmable soils in the context of climate fluctuations
Date: Tue, 14/03/2017 - 18:30
By: Jim Hislop
It is easy to forget that Observatory was originally a rural area, first used for grazing the Khoi's cattle, and then home to some of the first farms in the country. Once there were fields of wheat, barley and vegetables where today rows of Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses stand.
Date: Sun, 26/02/2017 - 10:00
By: Outing with recommended guide
We will visit the new museum at Freedom Park called //hapo. Starting with the story of creation, //hapo unravels the complex tale of Africa over seven epochs namely 1. Earth 2. Ancestors 3. Peopling 4. Resistance & colonisation 5. Industrialisation & urbanisation 6. Nationalisms & struggle 7. National building & continent building.
Date: Thu, 16/02/2017 - 20:00
By: Christa Kuljian
There is broad agreement in the scientific world today that all humans share common origins in Africa. In this lecture, Christa Kuljian will explore this trend and review the history of genetics and palaeoanthropology over the past century. The lecture will provide insight on the search for human origins in South Africa and share stories that shed new light on the past.
LATER STONE AGE FORAGERS OF COASTAL SOUTH AFRICA: THE LINK BETWEEN GENETIC AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Date: Tue, 14/02/2017 - 18:30
By: Susan Pfeiffer, University of Toronto, Canada
For several millennia, coastal and near-coastal immediate-return foragers were the only humans in southern Africa. The evidence left behind is extensive, yet biased. Our challenge is to constructively merge information from modern population genetics, palaeo-linguistics, field archaeology and the study of human remains into a story that is both accurate and complete.
Date: Sun, 20/11/2016 - 09:15
By: Outing led by Morris Viljoen
This field trip is aimed at showcasing many of Gauteng's as well as South Africa's geological superlatives and geoheritage sites from an excellent vantage point, the summit of the Magaliesberg range above the Hartbeespoort Dam, which we will access by means of the recently re-established Hartbeespoort Cableway.
Date: Tue, 08/11/2016 - 18:00
By: Janette Deacon
This illustrated talk will report on a visit to the British Museum exhibition entitled "South Africa: the art of a nation" that will be on display in London from 27 October 2016 to 26 February 2017.
Date: Sat, 05/11/2016 - 10:00
By: With Dr Jill Weintroub and Professor John Wright
On the Trail of Qing and Orpen opened at the Standard Bank Gallery at the end of January 2016. The exhibition examines the history of a well-known article, titled 'A glimpse into the mythology of the Maluti Bushmen', published by Cape colonial official Joseph Orpen in the Cape Monthly Magazine in 1874. The article was based on stories and cultural information recorded by Orpen from a bushman guide named Qing in the Maloti mountains of what is now Lesotho. Since the 1970s, Orpen's article has become foundational to the interpretation of southern African rock art. But relatively little has been done to put it in the context of its times. This is one of the aims of the exhibition.