Public lecture on post-war South African cities

Posted by mjs76 at May 29, 2012 03:49 PM |
Exploring group identities in apartheid-era townships and suburbs.

Our Centre for Urban History presents their annual lecture tomorrow. Vivian Bickford-Smith, Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town, will speak about identities and experiences in urban South Africa communities.

In his talk, ‘Black Baudelaires, Bohemias and the Bronx: Experiences and Perceptions of South African Cities, 1940s to 1960s’, he will examine Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, and how identification with particular parts of each city - such as a particular township, informal settlement or suburb - underpinned group identities, including different ethnicities and nationalisms.

Professor Bickford-Smith, who is Visiting Professor of Comparative Metropolitan History at the Institute of Historical Studies, has written several books on South African history including Cape Town in the Twentieth Century and Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public takes place in the Attenborough Seminar Block, Lecture Theatre 3, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 May 2012. It will be followed by a reception at 1 Salisbury Road. For further information please contact Lucy Byrne,, 0116 252 2762.

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