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Beyond Archive, Beyond Hope, Beyond Democracy?

Public Lecture with Verne Harris

Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Building 213:101, Curtin University, Bentley

Time: 3:45pm for a 4:00pm start

RSVP: by Wednesday 13 September

The Centre for Human Rights Education and the Department of Information Studies at Curtin University would like to invite you to a public lecture by award-winning South African archivist and scholar, Verne Harris. This lecture will explore the role of archive and memory work in struggles for social justice within a frame set up by these questions:

  • What does Nelson Mandela’s legacy mean in South Africa today?
  • Is democracy an oppressive apparatus?
  • Does whiteness still exercise hegemony globally?
  • Is there hope for the human project?

About Verne Harris

Director of Archive and Dialogue at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Verne Harris was Mandela’s archivist from 2004 to 2013. He is an honorary research fellow with the University of Cape Town, 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, he is probably best-known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Cordoba in Argentina (2014), archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa’s M-Net Book Prize. He has served on the Boards of Archival Science, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.