Rock Art Documentation

Training Workshop

25-30 November 2007
Giant’s Castle (Drakensberg)

Co-ordinated by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Rock Art Research Institute (RARI) of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, a regional training workshop on rock art was opened on Sunday the 25th of November in Giant’s Castle (Drakensberg), for one week. The workshop, which is a continuation of a similar training session held last year with the same university (cf. Lithic Seminar, 19th of December 2006), was co-ordinated by RARI Director Benjamin Smith and CNRS Project Leader Jean-Loïc Le Quellec (Laboratory UTAH of Toulouse), placed at the disposal of IFAS for two years.

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Muslim Cultures

Islam, Democracy and Public Life in South Africa and France

3-5 September 2007
Wiser - Wits University

The programme entitled ‘Muslim Cultures’ which includes a research seminar on ‘Islam, Democracy and Public Life in South Africa and France’, the projection of a film and a documentary (Samia by Philippe Faucon and The Malawian Kiss by Akiedah Mohamed) as well as the performance of two contemporary choreographies by Compagnie Sybel Ballet Théâtre (Tunis), affected a large public of academics and militants.

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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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