Upcoming Events

Beyond Boundaries

Two exhibitions, Encounters and Dialogues and Christmas Bands, will be showing at CAS Gallery as part of the Contemporary Ethnography Congress Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Conference, explore and make visible in different ways, worlds that are hidden.

Event Type: Exhibition and conference
Date of Event: 15 - 18 November 2016
Venue: CAS Gallery, Harry Oppenheimer Building, UCT Upper Campus
RSVP: Paul.Weinberg@uct.ac.za


'So you think you can play with me' - Louis Moholo-Moholo Legacy Project

The Centre for African Studies in association with South African Jazz Cultures and the Archive invites you to a celebration of the musical legacy of Louis Moholo-Moholo. The Project features an eclectic programme that includes a virtual exhibition, symposium and a musical concert featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo and a UCT student orchestra.

Event Type: Symposium and performance
Date of Event: 7 October 2016
Time: 17h30 - 22h00
Venue: St. Peter's Church Hall, 3 Church Street, Mowbray
RSVP: Paul.Weinberg@uct.ac.za


Sound Travels: Music Connections between Asia and Africa

You are invited to an exhibition that searches for connections and synergies between Africa and Asia as part of a major research project between scholars across these two continents called "Recentering AfroAsia" funded by the A.W.Mellon Foundation. Part of the exhibition is from the Kirby Collection of Musical instruments at the South African College of Music, UCT. This selection of images presented suggests and at times establishes connections, echoes and resonances across the lands and seas between and across Africa and Asia.

Event Type: Exhibition
Date of Event: 18th September, 2016
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Venue: CAS Gallery, Oppenheimer Building, Upper Campus
RSVP: Paul.Weinberg@uct.ac.za


4th Annual Neville Alexander Seminar

The Centre for African Studies and the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) will be hosting the 4th Annual Neville Alexander Seminar as well as the launch of Non-Racialism in South Africa: The life and times of Neville Alexander. 

Panelists and respondents include: Lydia Cairncross (UCT), Salim Vally (UJ), Alan Zinn (CANRAD), Elelwani Ramugondo (UCT), Eugene Cairncross (CPUT) and Thieve Reddy (UCT).

Event Type: Seminar and Book Launch
Date of Event: 26 August 2016
Time: 18h00
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery
Contact: carolyn.letang@uct.ac.za or 021 650 2308


Colloquium: Professor Sam Moyo

Call for Papers: Land, the State and Decolonising the Agrarian Structure in Africa

The Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Cape Town and the Centre for African Area Studies (CAAS) at Kyoto University, would like to invite you to submit abstracts of papers to be presented at a colloquium organised to honour and celebrate the life and work of the late professor Sam Moyo. The colloquium will be held at the University of Cape Town, on November 28 and 29, 2016. The best way to honour and celebrate the life and work of Sam Moyo is to continue reflecting on the issues which were close to Sam’s heart.

Event type: Colloquium
Date of Event: 28 & 29 November 2016
Time: TBC
Venue: Centre for African Studies Seminar Room
Contact: A/Prof Horman Chitonge (horman.chitonge@uct.ac.za) or Nkululeko Mabandla (kuluart@gmail.com)


Multi Agency Grants Initiative

Participants are invited to attend a dialogue session and workshop on the state of rural governance, land restitution, communal land, and land and agrarian reform in the Eastern Cape. The dialogue intends to engage with recent developments in relevant legislation, policy and litigation in order to understand what has been achieved and what the challenges for civil society action are going forward. This will be done through the participants’ presentations and inputs – these inputs will create a platform for civil society organisations, traditional authority representatives and government to engage and find amicable solutions that can shape a future agenda on legislation, policy and litigation. 

Event type: Workshop
Date of event: 16 - 18 August 2016
Time: 12h30 start on 16th August 2016. 13h00 end-time on 18th August 2016
Venue: Chatha Hall, Chatha village, Keiskammahoek
RSVP: Mkhululi Mazula on mmazula@hivos.org


CANRAD NMMU Seminar 2016

The Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy will be hosting a seminar with the director of the Centre for African Studies, Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza entitled, 'Afrikan Activist Intellectuals: Then and Now?'.

Professor Ntsebeza is the holder of the AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is also the holder of the National Research Foundation (NRF)  Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa.

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Tuesday, 19th July 2016
Time: 16h00 - 18h00

Venue: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Senate Hall, North Campus
RSVP: Thabang.Queench@nmmu.ac.za or 041 504 3115


1976/360 Exhibition 

An exhibition to mark the forty year anniversary of June 16 student uprisings, at Centre for African Studies (CAS) Gallery, UCT. The 1976 moment is deeply etched in most South African minds. 1976/360 intersects with the iconic imagery of the time by photographers like Sam Nzima and Peter Magubane, as well as lesser known archives, in particular from the Independent archive in Cape Town and Special Collections, UCT Libraries. Besides photographs there will also be installations that will reflect a range of voices from a UCT perspective as well as those engaged in national dialogue about reconciliation and healing. The exhibition will showcase a selected collection of artwork from the UCT Works of Art Collection that directly speaks to this iconic moment. The exhibition will be opened by former Soweto student activist, Murphy Morobe and will launch veteran photographer Peter Magubane's most recent book, June 16 Soweto.

Event type: Exhibition
Date of event: Monday to Friday until 18 August 2016.
Time: 10h00 to 16h00

Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery


A Stygian Darkness: Destruction and Detritus in the South African Mining Industry

This Friday, the 27th of May, an exhibition of photographs on destruction and detritus in the South African mining industry, curated by Dr Siona O’Connell, will open at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, UCT Upper Campus at 6pm.

The exhibition follows a day seminar hosted by UCT in collaboration with the Minerals to Metals initiative, to celebrate the launch of the South African Research Chair: Mineral Law in Africa. The topic of the seminar is: The Law’s Reponses to Mining and Waste.

Event type: Exhibition
Date of event: 27 May 2016
Time: 18h00

Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery


'Echoing Voices from Within': A Rhodes Must Fall Exhibition

The Centre for African Studies Gallery is hosting an ‘Echoing Voices from Within’ exhibition from 9 March 2016 – 9 May 2016. The exhibition is primarily a moment of reflection and commemoration of a movement that impacted significantly on UCT and potentially other universities forever. More than an exhibition, it is a thorough archive and a record produced by the Rhodes Must Fall movement. It is a body of work that drew its content from photographs, videos, banners and artefacts from a climactic year of activism. Many of the photographs and videos were taken by the students themselves who also assembled a significant and important archive of this moment in history. It is in itself a record of the events that began on March 9 2015.

Event type: Exhibition Opening
Date of event: 9 March 2016
Time: TBC

Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery


 Philosophy in Africa, Africa in Philosophy

 A fortnightly series of academic research seminars hosted jointly by the Centre for African Studies and the Philosophy Department, University of Cape Town with convenors Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza and Dr. George Hull

 Recent months have seen renewed interest in questions about the role which academic philosophy can play in solving problems specific to Africa, including South Africa, and about the role which indigenous African traditions of thought and practice can play in enriching the academic discipline of philosophy. These questions are central to debates about what positive change in teaching and research in humanities faculties, both in South Africa and further afield, would look like; but they are also the focus of on-going research by both academic philosophers and academics from other disciplines.

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Tuesdays
Time: 13h00 - 14h30 beginning March 2016

Venue: Centre for African Studies Seminar Room


Beyond Parliament: Human Rights and the Politics of Social Change in the Global South by Horman Chitonge

 In Beyond Parliament Horman Chitonge offers a unique combination of the conceptual dimensions with the practical examples of human rights discourse deployed as an instrument for social change in the global south. He uses the right to water and the right to food to illustrate that human rights are never given on a silver platter; giving effect to human rights is always an outcome of a continuous struggle to protect human dignity and value. To implement this view of human rights, the book argues, requires going beyond the parliamentary politics of recognising and acknowledging human rights in statutes and bill of rights to the radical democratic politics of giving effect to the recognised rights, especially among the poor and marginalised.

Event type: Book Launch
Date of event: Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Time: 16h00 to 17h30
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery


ǂKhomani San Hugh Brody Archive

The ǂKhomani San are the first people of the southern Kgalagadi. They lived as hunters and gatherers in the immense desert in the northwest corner of South Africa. For them it was a land rich in wildlife, plants, trees, great sand dunes and dry riverbeds.

When the ǂKhomani San share their history, they tell a story of dispossession from their lands, erasure of their way of life, disappearance of their language. To speak of their past is to search in memory for all that was taken from them in the colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid era. But they also tell a story of reclamation and recovery of lands, language and even of memory itself. They tell a story of struggle to emerge from the losses of the past, to put in place a new story. 

Event type: Exhibition Opening
Date of event: Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery