2017 Annual Meeting: Site Visits

The following activities happened concurrently on the afternoon of Sunday, August 13. The fee was $30 per person and included lunch and transportation. Registration for all events happened through the main conference registration form.

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<em><em>The St Philips Church building houses the District Six branch of the Factory of the Arts, a satellite of the CHR. Photograph: Derek Carelse</em>.</em>
Lodged in the larger initiative of the Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities, and supported through the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape, the Factory of the Arts is envisaged as both complementing a humanistic inquiry and stimulating cultural production in a variety of creative disciplines, among them photography, performance, painting, music, and film-making. This event featured a discussion and performance with the Ukwanda Puppet and Design Company.


<em>District Six Museum</em>
Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant center with close links to the city and the port. Over the course of the twentieth century, however, the district was reshaped due to marginalization of the residents and eventually their forced removal. The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.


<em>Memorial of the Gugulethu Seven : Jabulani 'Jabu' Godfrey Miya Photograph: Miriam Mannak.</em>
This trip visited three memorials to the violent clashes in the Athlone region in the 1980s. The Trojan Horse Massacre Memorial is dedicated to the injuries and deaths suffered when a group of police hid in the back of a railways truck and ambushed the communities of Athlone and Crossroads. The memorial to the Gugulethu Seven commemorates the murders of seven young men killed by apartheid security forces in 1986. The Robert Waterwitch & Colleen Williams Memorial marks the location where two anti-apartheid activists died when a defective limpet mine they had planned to place at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court in the Western Cape exploded prematurely.