Campus hosts first symposium on Regional History Studies in South Africa

Annette Willemse -- Thu, 11/26/2015 - 15:46

Campus hosts first symposium on Regional History Studies in South Africa

The School of Basic Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) will host the first symposium on Regional History Studies in South Africa on Friday, 27 November 2015.


Prof Sulevi Riukulehto

During this event, Prof Sulevi Riukulehto, Research Director at the University of Helsinki in Finland, and Associate Professor of Economic History in the University of Jyväskylä, will act as the keynote speaker. The title of his address will be: “Regional history between time and space”. The symposium will see representatives from various higher education institutions across South Africa in attendance.

The symposium will see the following presenters take to the stage:

  • Cllr Simon Mofokeng, Mayor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality
    “Introducing Sedibeng and the broader Emfuleni region as a space in history”
  • Prof Elize van Eeden, Subject Chair: History, School of Basic Sciences, NWU Vaal
    “Exploring the workability of space/place as a research paradigm towards the regional histories of South Africa”
  • Prof Noor Nieftagodien, South African Research Chair, School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
    “The work done in local histories, present realities and arguing place as research focus”
  • Mrs Delia Ah Goo, Department of Geography, NWU Vaal
    “Gentrifying spaces in the inner city of Johannesburg: the case of Maboneng Precinct”
  • Mr Vusumuzi Khumalo, Vaal Tecknorama, Vereeniging
    “A historical investigation of the forgotten freehold township: Evaton 1905-1950”
  • Prof Albert Grundlingh, Subject Chair: History, University of Stellenbosch
    “The economic dimension of social history and its implications for regional history”

An interdisciplinary research team from the NWU Vaal, consisting of Prof Elize van Eeden (History), Prof Tumi Khumalo (Psychology), Ms Busi Khaba (Political Science), Ms Amo Moses (Public Management) and Prof Erika Serfontein (Law) will also be delivering a presentation titled: “Studying the far West Rand as disciplinary integrative and transnational dimensions of regional history: Projects in Carletonville and Bekkersdal”