Public Lecture Series

Public Lecture Series

Dr. Ralf Herrmann

Thu, 17 September – 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. – Public Lecture at the WALL

Dr. Ralf Hermann, DAAD representative and visiting lecturer German department at Wits is talking about The History and Significance of the Berlin Wall.

Dr. Isabel Hofmeyr

Wed, 30 September – 1.15 – 2.15 – Public Lecture at the Portuguese Center SH3028

Dr. Isabel Hofmeyr’s, Professor of African Literature at University of the Witwatersrand, Her topic will be:  The Indian Ocean as a post-cold war arena; Cultural and Literary Directions. 

Isabel Hofmeyr is a Professor of African Literature at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her publications include The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of the Pilgrim’s Progress (2004) and We Spend Our Years as a Tale That Is Told: Oral Historical Narrative in a South Chiefdom (1993).

Paula Pessanha Isidoro and Prof. Dr Andre Thomashausen

Tue, 06 October – 2 -3 p.m. – at the WALL – Public Lecture

Paula Pessanha Isidoro,  Head of Portuguese Department at SLLLS University of Witwatersrand, and Prof. Dr Andre Thomashausen, professor of international law at the University of South Africa and a qualified German barrister, will speak about  How the fall of the Wall affected Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

Professor Thomashausen was appointed Director of the Institute in1984. He is a professor of international law at the University of South Africa and a qualified German barrister. He is also a sworn translator of the Supreme Court of South Africa in German, English, French and Portuguese. Prof. Thomashausen has produced over 70 academic and general publications and read over 200 papers at national and international conferences, and has received the Exceptional Academic Merit Award of the University three consecutive times. He serves on the editorial boards of several law publications and has supervised and guided many post-graduate students from South Africa and abroad. Prof. Thomashausen has gained extensive practical experience in legal corporate services, international contract negotiation, foreign investment legislation, and as a director and manager of companies. In particular, he acted as legal counsel for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (1984-1986), for the establishment of the transitional Government of National Unity in Namibia (1984), in the Rome Peace Negotiations for Mozambique (1989-1992), and as Special Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Operation in Mozambique (1993-1994). Since 1999 he has also consulted on peace strategies for Angola.

Dr. Cynthia Kros and Katharina Fink

Thu, 01 October – 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. Pubblic Lecture at the WALL

Dr. Cynthia Kros, Head of the Heritage Division at the University of the Witwatersrand, and  Katharina Fink, Universities of Bayreuth and Johannesburg, public lecture,The topic of the lecture is Beyond the walls of Apartheid: The policy and culture of remembrance

As a historian with a PhD from Wits who has long been interested in heritage Cynthia Kros is now head of the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Management division in WSOA. She writes on commemoration and memorialisation, oral history and the South African history curriculum and is one of the chief editors of the internationally accredited South African Historical Journal. She is shortly to publish a book with Unisa Press entitled The Seeds of Separate Development: Origins of Bantu Education.

Dr. Antje Schumann

Tue, 06 October – 1.15 – 2.15 p.m. – Public Lecture at the WALL

 Dr Antje Schumann, senior lecturer in Wits University’s politics department, will conduct a public lecture about The Wall as a Multipurpose Signifier & the Crisis of the Left. Memories of a West-German Activist.

Dr. Véronique Tadjo

Wed, 30 September – 1.15 – 2.15 – at the Portuese Center – Public Lecture:

District 9: a critical analysis of the film

Véronique Tadjo is a novelist and a poet. She is also a painter. She writes and illustrates  children’s books. Born in Paris, of an Ivorian father and a French mother, she was brought up in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). She has a doctorate in African American literature and civilization from the Sorbonne Paris IV. She was a Fulbright scholar at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and has travelled extensively in West Africa, Europe, USA and Latin America. She taught at the University of Abidjan for several years. She has conducted workshops on writing (and book illustration) in numerous countries. She has published several books and her novel Reine Pokou was awarded the prestigious literary prize “Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire” in 2005. Her book As the Crow Flies is one of the six inaugural titles chosen for the launch of the Penguin-Heinemann African Writers Series (August 09) with Chinua Achebe as editorial adviser. She has facilitated writing workshops for the Caine Prize for African Writing and has been a member of the jury for several literary prizes.

Her books have been translated in several languages.

She is Head of French Studies in the School of Literature & Language Studies, University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. 


 Latérite ( Paris : Hatier, 1984),  won the literary prize of the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique in 1983.

A Vol d’Oiseau and Le Royaume Aveugle ( both Paris: l’Harmattan, 1992).

Champs de Bataille et d’Amour (Paris/Abidjan: Présence Africaine / Les Nouvelles Editions Ivoiriennes, 1999).

A mi-chemin, her second collection of poems (Paris : L’Harmattan, 2000).

L’ombre d’Imana, Voyages jusqu’au bout du Rwanda  (Paris : Actes Sud, Paris, 2000).

Reine Pokou, is published by Actes Sud in Paris (2004).

As The Crow Flies (2001) and The Shadow of Imana, Travels in the heart of Rwanda (2002) are published by Heinemann African Writers Series.

Red Earth/Laterite, a bi lingual edition of her first collection of poems has just been published by Eastern Washington University Press, (2006).

The Blind Kingdom is published in the UK by Ayebia Clarke Publishing and in the US by Lynne Rienner Publishers. (2008)



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