A multi-disciplinary, collaborative colloquium hits a success note

The Colloquium on Liberation History, Memory and Contestation was successfully held at Khoroni Hotel and Casino from 15-17 March 2017 in Thohoyandou. The multi-disciplinary joint-initiative was a partnership effort between the NIHSS, Universities of Venda, Limpopo, University of Zululand and Unisa.

The gala dinner held on 15 March was a precursor to the colloquium. University of Venda (Univen), Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Mbati gave a keynote address at the gala dinner. In his vote of thanks - on behalf of Univen - Humanities and Social Sciences Dean, Prof Mogale Makgopa praised the Institute and pledged the university’s continued support for the initiatives that are geared towards advancing the humanities and social sciences, specifically driven by the Institute.

As part of the colloquium, postgraduate students, academics and civil society presented 56 papers in three break-away sessions. Prof Sekibakiba Lekgoathi delivered a keynote address at the main plenary session on 16 March. Other academics who delivered compelling presentations included Prof Rozena Maart, Director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity (CCRRI) at the University of KwaZulu Natal; Dr Thula Simpson who has published extensively on the ANC's armed struggle and the organisation's relationship with popular protest movements in South Africa; and Dr Geraldine Frielser of the South African Historical Archive. Papers presented were drawn from the following sub-themes:

  • Theorising Revolutions, Freedoms and History

  • Biographies: Echoes of the Past

  • Women and the liberation struggles

  • Resistance in post-colonial states

  • International Solidarity in Liberation Struggles

  • Youth and Resistance

Political science and history honours students graced the occasion and came to listen to the presentations.