Development Practice Public Lecture

Join us for the Development Practice Public Lecture, delivered by Verne Harris, Director of Archive and Dialogue at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town.

This 30-minute lecture, followed by a 30-minute Q&A, will explore the following questions:

  • What are the conceptual and practical connections between memory and dialogue; and between negotiation and dialogue?
  • What has happened to South Africa 23 years since apartheid officially ended?
  • Did Nelson Mandela sell out black South Africans?
  • Is dialogue a liberal instrument of exclusion?
  • What do we mean by 'justice'?
  • Is a just collectivity (local and/or global) imaginable?

Verne Harris was Mandela's archivist from 2004 to 2013. He participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa's apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives.

Widely published, Verne is best-known for leading the editorial team on best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate for the University of Cordoba Argentina, as well as archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Both of Verne's novels were shortlisted for South Africa's M-Net Book Prize, and he has served on the Boards of Archival Science, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.

Please register online by 25 September.

Memory and Dialogue for Justice: A South African Perspective

Fri 29 Sep 2017 12:00pm1:00pm


Steele building #3, UQ St Lucia Campus