“Sisters are Building it for Themselves”: Architecture, Self-Reliance and Trusteeship at the University of Pretoria, 1943 to Present Times

“Sisters are Building it for Themselves”: Architecture, Self-Reliance and Trusteeship at the University of Pretoria, 1943 to Present Times

Seminar

Location: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, 4001 Basel

Mi, 16.11.2016, 18.15-20:00 Uhr

“Sisters are Building it for Themselves”: Architecture, Self-Reliance and Trusteeship at the University of Pretoria, 1943 to Present Times

Janeke Thumbrans Vortrag ist Teil des Forschungskolloquiums "Namibian and Southern African Studies".

Janeke Thumbran ist ist Doktorandin in Afrikanischer Geschichte am College of the Liberal Arts der University of Minnesota. In ihrer Dissertation beschäftigt sie sich mit der Geschichte der Universität Pretoria, einer der südafrikanischen Universitäten, welche während der Apartheidszeit Weissen Studierenden und Dozierenden vorbehalten waren.

 

Abstract zum Vortrag

This paper examines how the University of Pretoria interacted historically with Eersterust, a black, segregated neighbourhood in the South African city of Pretoria. The central argument is that the university, as an exclusively-white institution, engaged with this community by establishing a relationship of trusteeship with the residents of Eersterust. During apartheid, it did this primarily through the disciplines of social work and sociology. The purpose of this relationship, as the university understood and enforced it, was to foster what it called “self-reliance” among the residents of this neighbourhood to ensure that they would learn to depend on their “own community” for their economic and social well-being, as opposed to relying on the apartheid state. This paper suggests that the relationship of trusteeship between the University of Pretoria and Eersterust remains firmly in place in the post-apartheid period, but that it is through the discipline of architecture, in conjunction with the university’s community engagement initiatives, that self-reliance is meant to be developed in this particular neighbourhood.