UKZN ACADEMICS AND STUDENTS GIVE PRESENTATIONS AT SA HISTORICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE
Nine UKZN history students and academic staff presented papers, posters or gave demonstrations at the recent 22nd biennial conference of the Southern African Historical Society titled: ‘Breaking boundaries, blurring borders: The changing shape and scope of southern African historical studies.’
The conference, held at UNISA’s Sunnyside campus, was well attended by delegates from across southern Africa, as well as from the USA, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
The keynote address titled: History from Below: Potentials and Limitations was given by Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, University of Oxford, Professor William Beinart.
Professor Jane Carruthers and UNISA conference hosts actively encouraged participation by graduate students and a journal article writing workshop - sponsored by the African Studies Association of the UK was held immediately after the formal conference closed.
Professor Keith Breckenridge also gave a demonstration of Zotero, an open source research and collaboration tool.
At the business meeting of the SAHS, three UKZN historians were elected to the Executive Committee: Associate Professor Julie Parle as the President, Dr Thembisa Waetjen as Secretary, and PhD candidate and UKZN Doctoral Scholarship holder, Ms Prinisha Badassy, as one of two student members.
The 23rd biennial conference of the society will be hosted by UKZN in 2011.