Conference: « Mapungubwe Reconsidered: Exploring beyond the Rise and Decline of the Mapungubwe State » – May 25

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The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) is pleased to announce the completion of its two-year research project on the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe civilisation.

MISTRA would like to invite you to attend a conference at which the Institute will release the integrated Mapungubwe Research Report, entitled: « Mapungubwe Reconsidered: Exploring beyond the Rise and Decline of the Mapungubwe State« .

 

The conference will provide a platform to engage with the findings of this study drawing in archaeologists and historians from South Africa’s leading universities.

Themes covered in the Report include trade and state-formation, the metalworking industry of Mapungubwe, heritage and environmental protection, indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), gender issues and contemporary resonances.

As the continent marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the OAU, this will be a fitting moment to reflect on pre-colonial civilisations of Africa as well as draw lessons from the Mapungubwe experience.

 

Venue: Wits Origins Centre, Cnr. Yale & Enoch Sontonga, Wits University, Braamfontein

Date: SATURDAY 25 May 2013

Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm

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Programme:

Programme Directors: Drs Trish Hanekom & Tanya Abrahamse  
REGISTRATION

09h00-09h30

opening Remarks : Joel Netshitenzhe, MISTRA Executive Director

09h30-09h40

SETTING THE SCENE: MAPUNGUBWE COLLECTION AND PROJECT OVERVIEW

 
Topic: Overview of the Mapungubwe Research Project

Dr Alex Schoeman: Wits Archaeology & Geography School

09h40-10h00

Topic: Mapungubwe Collection in Context

Prof Alex Duffey: Acting Manager: UP Arts Faculty

10h00-10h10

Discussion

10h10-10h30

HERITAGE, TRADE & STATE FORMATION

 
Topic: Mapungubwe Trade and State Formation

Dr Maanda Mulaudzi: History Department, UCT

10h30-10h45

Topic: The Metalworking Industry of Mapungubwe

Dr Shadreck Chirikure: Archaeology Department, UCT

10h45-11h00

Respondent: Prof Innocent Pikirayi, UP Archaeology Department

11h00-11h10

Discussion

11h10-11h30

TEA/COFFEE

11h30-11h45

HISTORICAL SOURCES & HERITAGE

 
Topic: Pre-colonial southern African Identity

Prof Sekibakiba Lekgoathi: History Department, Wits

11h45-12h00

Topic: Heritage and Environmental Protection

Dr Amanda Esterhuysen: Wits Archaeology & Geography School

12h00-12h15

Topic: Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Historical Sources

Dr Otsile Ntsoane: IKS Specialist

12h15-12h30

Respondent: Dr Mongane Wally Serote, Former CEO of Freedom Park

12h30-12h45

Discussion

12h45-13h15

Concluding Remarks: Deputy Minister Dr Joe Phaahla, Department of Arts and Culture (TBC)

13h15-13h30

PROGRAMME ENDS – LUNCH

13h30-14h15