A One-Day Symposium for Postgraduate Students and Early-Career Researchers at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), Wednesday 14th June 2017

Featuring a keynote address from Mark Gevisser, author of Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred (2007), Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir (2014) and The Pink Line: Travels Across the World’s New Queer Frontiers (2018)


June 14th 2017, Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

9 – 9.15 Registration

9.15 Opening Address

9.30 – 10.50 

Panel 1: Life-Writing Across Borders
Chair: Ruth Daly (University of Leeds)

Roni Arieli (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) ‘From Johannesburg to East Berlin Ahmed Kathrada’s reflections on Apartheid in Eastern Europe (1951-1952)’

Athambile Masola (Rhodes University) ‘Ekhaya nasemzini: Negotiating home in Noni Jabavu’s life narratives Drawn in Colour: African Contrasts and The Ochre People

Noa Erez (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) ‘Oscillations: Peter Abrahams’ Life Narratives between South Africa and the United States’

Maya Caspari (University of Leeds) ‘Touching Histories: ‘Subjunctive Remembering’ in Katja Petrowskaja’s Vielleicht Esther’

10.50 – 11.10 Coffee Break

11.10 – 12.30

Panel 2: Visual Narratives: Film, Painting and Performance
Chair: Maya Caspari (University of Leeds)

Josiah Nyanda (University of the Witwatersrand) ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’: strategic use of narration in the representation of the self and nation in the auto/biographical documentary film Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law’

Andy Carolin (University of South Africa) ‘Gay rights are human rights’: Sexuality, transnationalism, and the South African transition’

Emma Parker (University of Leeds) ‘Charlotte Salomon’s Life? or Theatre? as Graphic Life-Narrative’

Gabrielle Goliath (Artist) ‘Elegy, as performing the ‘impossible’ work of mourning’

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30

Panel 3: Real Persons, True Crimes: Witnessing, Testimony and Teaching
Chair: Emily Paul (University of Leeds)

Bridget Grogan (University of Johannesburg) ‘Life in relation to death: Exploring narrative subjectivity in the true crime narrative’

Stacy Hardy (Writer & Independent Researcher) ‘Baring Witness: Proof without Evidence’

Brenda Gouws (University of KwaZulu-Natal) ‘Experiencing human rights abuses and the teaching of the Holocaust: the personal stories of three Black African teachers’

14.30 – 15.00 Refreshment Break

15.00 – 16.30

Mark Gevisser Keynote Address & Q&A, followed by closing remarks 

Register to attend the symposium

A public panel discussion between Mark Gevisser, Beate Muller and Robert Beachy will take place the following evening, 15th June, from 7.30pm to 9.00 pm.



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