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History and Memory: Whats the difference?

“The idea of memory runs through contemporary public life at a high voltage, generating polemic and passionate debate in the media [and] in the spheres of politics”, argue Radstone and Schwartz. But what role, if any, should memory play within academia and how, if the study of memory is to become a bona fide intellectual… Continue reading History and Memory: Whats the difference?

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‘Locked in the fraternal embrace of filth and felony’: Gangsterism, territoriality and resistance in Sophiatown.

Sophiatown, a suburb which until the late 1950's remained exempt from the Apartheid governments 1934 Slum Act -consequently becoming one of the few areas where different races could live side by side - has come to occupy a key place in the post-apartheid South African imagination. Fondly referred to as the “Greenwich Village” or Harlem… Continue reading ‘Locked in the fraternal embrace of filth and felony’: Gangsterism, territoriality and resistance in Sophiatown.

‘Screw the future, lets talk about the past’

In 1916 a somewhat agitated Henry Ford famously declared history "bunk". As 21st century kid, I won't pretend I have or at least had a clue what bunk meant. However, after a number of failed search attempts, I discovered that the word bunk is actually an abbreviation of Bunkum. Meaning nonsense or insincere talk, bunkum… Continue reading ‘Screw the future, lets talk about the past’