Book Lunch with Daniel Magaziner (Yale University)
Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Title: ‘The Art of Life in South Africa’
Venue: Huma Seminar Room, Neville Alexander Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town
From 1952 to 1981, South Africa’s apartheid government ran a school for the training of African art teachers at Indaleni. The Art of Life in South Africa is about the students, teachers, art, ideas and politics that led to the school’s founding, and which circulated during the years of its existence at a remote former mission station. It is a story of creativity, beauty, and community in 20th Century South Africa.
Daniel Magaziner radically reframes apartheid-era South African history. Against the dominant narrative of apartheid oppression and black resistance, The Art of Life in South Africa focuses instead on a small group’s efforts to fashion more fulfilling lives through the ironic medium of an apartheid-era art school. Lushly illustrated with almost 100 images, this book gives us fully formed lives and remarkable insights into life under segregation and apartheid.
Daniel Magaziner will be in conversation with Sean Field and Khwezi Mkhize.
Daniel Magaziner is a historian of 20th century Africa. He received his PhD in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and taught at Cornell University before coming to Yale in 2011. An intellectual historian specializing in South Africa, he published his first book, The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968 – 1977, in 2010. The Law and the Prophets is a history of political thought in 1970s South Africa, focusing especially on the ways that young South African activists deployed radical Christian, indigenous African and global 1960s ideas to reinvigorate resistance to the apartheid state. Dan is currently working on another book project. Tentatively entitled A History of Post-Colonial Style, the book considers the history of architecture, design and urban planning in post-colonial Africa.
At Yale, Dan teaches courses on South Africa, modern Africa, religion, political thought, popular culture and the African Diaspora. In 2016, he was awarded Yale College’s Sarai Ribicoff ’79 Prize for teaching excellence.
Khwezi Mkhize received his PhD from the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. His dissertation, Empire Unbound: Imperial Liberalism, Race and Diaspora in the Making of South Africa, explored the politics of imperial belonging in late nineteenth century and early twentieth century South Africa using black print culture as an archive. – See more at: http://www.english.uct.ac.za/dr-khwezi-mkhize
Sean Field is currently an associate-professor in the UCT Historical Studies Department and was director of the Centre for Popular Memory from 2001 to 2012. He also served as the Vice-President of the International Oral History Association from 2008 to 2010. He has published in various international journals and anthologies, and his monograph Oral History, Community and Displacement: Imagining Memories in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) received the Oral History Association (OHA) annual book award for 2012/3. See more at: http://www.historicalstudies.uct.ac.za/hst/people/academic-staff/sean-field