Public lecture on African cities and migration

alexandra a historyThe historian Noor Nieftagodien from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, hosted by Symβiosis, gave a lecture on "African cities, post colonialism, memory and migration: the case of Alexandra in South Africa" in the framework of the "Our 'distant' neighbours: economic, social and cultural approaches" lecture series organised by the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia.


Professor Noor Nieftagodien is the head of the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand. He lectures on urban history and the Middle East in the History Department and is a senior researcher in the NRF Chair on Local Histories, Present Realities. His publications include books on the history of Alexandra, Kathorus, Ekurhuleni and Orlando West, and journal articles on popular movements, liberation history, xenophobia, memory, local & public history, squatter movements and the construction of townships. Professor Nieftagodien is a current board member of the South African History Archives and a past board member of the South African Democracy Education Trust. His current research projects include a history of the Vaal Triangle, the production of contentious spaces and popular movements. He is also involved in several local public history projects.


Dr Noor Nieftagodien (University of Witwatersrand) gives a talk for the African Studies Centre on 8th March 2012

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