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IFAS-Research Newsletter November II

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Special announcement


La Fabrique de l’Histoire: radio broadcast on Little Foot and the Sterkfontein Caves

On December 6th, the French radio show La Fabrique de l'Histoire (The Making of History) will air a radio broadcast dedicated to the origins of humankind, Little Foot and the Sterkfontein Caves. It will feature in-depth interviews with Ronald Clarke (ESI - University of the Witwatersrand), Laurent Bruxelles (INRAP - IFAS-Recherche), Dominic Stratford (GAES - University of the Witwatersrand) and Amélie Beaudet (GAES - University of the Witwatersrand).

> Full details

Now available in podcasts: Afrique du Sud, des histoires à réconcilier

From November 12th to November 15thLa Fabrique de l'Histoire aired a special series of radio broadcasts (in French) dedicated to history and memory in South Africa.

Two of theses shows were produced in partnership with IFAS-Recherche and Institut Français (pôle Idées et savoirs):

Public Lecture Series


"Through the veil": Science unveils mysteries of San rock paintings in the Drakensberg and in Botswana

Adelphine Bonneau (University of Oxford)

The Later Stone Age rock art of southern Africa is one of the best understood traditions of rock art in the world. In contrast, little is understood of how the paint itself was made or what it was made from, while the age of these paintings also remained mostly unknown until now. As part of an international project, scientists used chemistry, geology and materials sciences to unveil some of San rock painting mysteries. In more than 40 sites in the Drakensberg and in Botswana, the secrets of the creation of paintings were revealed as well as their age. This talk will present those discoveries and introduce the science background behind them.

This presentation is part of the Public Lecture Series Rock Art & Symbolic Expression. A Southern Africa – France Dialogue.

> Thursday 6 December 2018 | 18.00 for 18.30 

> Origins Centre Museum, Wits University, West Campus, Corner of Yale Road & Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg
> Full details

Adelphine Bonneau's research is supported by the Banting postdoctoral fellowship of the Governement of Canada and IFAS-Recherche.


International colloquium


Falling Monuments, Reluctant Ruins

Colloquium on the persistence of the past in the architecture and infrastructure of colonialism and apartheid

In traversing the stubborn landscapes of colonialism and apartheid, we are confronted with the ambivalent ruins and seemingly innocuous buildings of this forgotten urban infrastructure. What we observe is the lingering presence of colonial history and architecture’s largely hidden yet pervasive everyday structures. Such conflicting spatial claims continue to raise a number of haunting questions. In this colloquium, we are seeking to understand in what ways history and architecture could ameliorate, contest or subvert these protracted conditions in terms of social justice, land reclamation and urban rehabilitation. The postcolonial decades following the dismantling of oppressive regimes across the globe are to be examined in the light of contemporary communal and memorial projects, in which building ruins are being fought over and renegotiated as sites of remembrance.  

This colloquium is organised by Wits History Workshop and the School of Architecture and Planning (University of the Witwatersrand), and supported by IFAS-Recherche.

> Friday 24 November 2018 | 08.30 – 16:45
> Saturday 25 November 2018 | 08:30 – 16:00

Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room, Southwest Engineering Building, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

> Full details


Call for applications


INHA research grants - Art historians

The Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA)  launches a new call for three 3-months grants for art historians from the following regions: Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India and South-East Asia. For the grantees, it should offer the opportunity to carry out research requiring the consultation of sources in Paris or France and to set up network with researchers at INHA or nationwide in France. Priority will be given to confirmed art history researchers, whether they are affiliated with an institution (university, museum, research institute, etc.) or independent.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2019
> Full details and procedure




Middle Class Life: the Repetition of the Model in the Townhouse Complexes

An exhibition by South African and international photographers

Nocebo Bucibo | Lisa King | Melissa Bennet | Mack Magagane | Michelle Monareng | Shogan Naidoo | Musa Nxumalo | Natalie Payne | Paul Samuels | Bianca van Heerden | Alexia Webster | Marie Thomas-Meilhan

> 14 November 2018 - 31 January 2019
> Origins Centre Gallery, Origins Building, University of the Witwatersrand, West Campus, Corner of Yale Road & Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg

Full details

Event supported by IFAS-Recherche

Call for applications : Programme ATLAS 2019 - French/EU citizens

Post-doctoral students

La FMSH et l'IFAS-Recherche offrent 6 mois de financement, partagés entre les lauréat.e.s, pour réaliser des séjours de recherche post-doctoraux de 2 à 4 mois en Afrique australe.
Date limite de candidature : 10 décembre 2018, 17:00 (heure de Paris)

> Appel à candidatures et formulaire

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