Lithic technology workshop

Lithic technologies and chaînes opératoires

27-30 November 2006
Wits University, Johannesburg
Archaeology workshop

European specialists of lithic technologies train 35 Southern African junior archaeologists. It was an opportunity for Dr Sylvain Soriano from the University of Paris 10 to show students and the public how ancestors would perform knapping on imported European flint stone. A joint venture between the French Institute of South Africa, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the French Embassy in South Africa, the National Research Foundation, and Wits University, this workshop aims at initiating the new generation of Southern African archaeologists and practitioners to the analysis of the making of stone tools and artifacts.

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Henri Breuil in Africa

On the making of African prehistoric archaeology in the first half of the XXth century

23-25 August 2006
Origins Centre, Johannesburg

The international conference on “Henri Breuil in Africa – On the Making of African Prehistoric Archaeology in the First Half of the 20th century » took place from the 23rd to the 25th of August 2006 at the Origins Centre of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The conference was co-ordinated by François-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar (CNRS; French Institute of South Africa, Johannesburg), Nathan Schlanger (AREA, Paris; INRAP, Paris) and Benjamin Smith (Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg). A multi-facetted personality, Abbé Henri Breuil (1877-1961) marked the history of world Prehistory.

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The place of participation in a democratising South Africa

Decentralisation, ward councillors and civil society in post apartheid cities

20-21 November 2006
University of the Witwatersrand, JHB

Flowing from a research programme on political participation and local democracy, supported by IFAS through the transversal programme “Democratic Transformations in emerging countries”, a two-day colloquium on “The place of participation in a democratising South Africa: decentralisation, ward councillors and civil society in post apartheid cities”, was held on the 20th and 21st November in Johannesburg. The colloquium was organised by Claire Bénit-Gbaffou and Christine Fauvelle-Aymar through a partnership between the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), IFAS and the Centre for Urban and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) of Wits University.

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France - South Africa

What partnerships for Peace and Development

20-21 June 2005
Institute for Security Studies

Issues on development and sustainable development on the African continent are eminently linked to peace and security problems. The millennium goals adopted in the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly of the 8th of September 2000, known as the 'Millennium Declaration' underlined the extent to which peace, security and development were inseparable.

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From Bambara to migrant writers

Transcultural work in post-colonial African literatures

3-5 November 2005
University of Johannesburg

For the occasion, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) welcomed internationally renowned researchers, critics and writers. The colloquium on African francophone literatures benefited from an important French-English interpreting facility, a first in Southern Africa.

A Pluridisciplinary Problematic, Experts from Around the World
What impact do local, national and global socio-political and cultural dynamics have on so-called "negropolitan" literature? How can one find out more about the paths of post-colonial writings drawing from oral tradition, and even from a certain colonial ethnology (following the example of the term Bambara), from a type of national inspiration as well as from forms of writings related to globalisation?

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