Historian explores apartheid and the city

Posted by pt91 at May 28, 2012 12:21 PM |
‘Black Baudelaires, Bohemias and the Bronx’ at University of Leicester on 30 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 May 2012

City life under apartheid in South Africa will be explored through the eyes of its inhabitants at the University of Leicester’s Centre for Urban History Annual Lecture.

‘Black Baudelaires, Bohemias and the Bronx – Experiences and Perceptions of South African Cities, 1940s to 1960s’ will be given by Vivian Bickford-Smith, an expert on South Africa’s burgeoning cities including Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. It takes place on 30 May and is free and open to the public.

Illustrated with slides and film, the focus of Professor Bickford-Smith’s lecture is the identities and experiences of the townships in the mid-twentieth century, on identities black and white and street life. These were times when apartheid was dividing South Africa’s cities on racial lines, so his lecture will have a strong historical topicality as well as resonance in multicultural Leicester.

Professor Simon Gunn, Director of the Centre for Urban History, said, “The Annual Lecture is always an occasion we always look forward to. This year's lecture by Vivian Bickford will be a fascinating insight into black experiences of South African cities in the years of apartheid.”

Vivian Bickford-Smith is Professor of History at University of Cape Town and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Metropolitan History, University of London. As well as being an authority on South Africa’s teeming cities, he is an inspiring and lively speaker. 

The lecture is open to all and will take place on Wednesday, 30 May from 5.30pm  in Lecture Theatre 3 of the Attenborough Building, University of Leicester. For further information contact Lucy Byrne, Research Centres Administrator, email lb77@le.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)116 252 2762

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For further information contact Professor Simon Gunn on sg201@le.ac.uk.

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