You are invited to the virtual premiere of ‘In Gods Naam’, a 26-minute documentary directed by Dr Siona O’Connell. The one-hour event will be hosted by Professor Norman Duncan (Vice-Principal: Academic, UP) and will include a discussion by Rev Dr Llewellyn MacMaster (Moderator of the Cape Regional Synod Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) (RCSA)), Professor Hennie Stander (UP), Ms Jolina Zimri (URCSA, Belhar Congregation),  Ds Riaan de Villiers (Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK), Groote Kerk Congregation) and Dr Siona O’Connell (UP).

Against the backdrop of a South Africa that remains beset by all sorts of fault lines, ‘In Gods Naam’ (‘In God’s Name’) is a 26-minute documentary that looks at the history of the Slave Church in Cape Town. This church was crucial in drafting the Belhar Confession, the theological confrontation against apartheid. Directed and produced by Dr Siona O’Connell (University of Pretoria, African Studies scholar and filmmaker), the film considers the long reach of a colonial and slave history and confronts the schisms that remain unreconciled between the NGK and URCSA.

Date: Sunday, 27 September 2020

Time: 16h00 – 17h00

Enquiries: Andrea du Toit, dutoitandrea232@gmail.com

RSVP: By Sunday, 20th September 2020 

Livestream link: https://youtu.be/NCWCcGnvk5Y




How British war comics of the 60s, 70s and 80s aided the formulation of a militarised state-of-mind among white English speaking boys during apartheid.

CAST member Dr Stephen Symons’ exhibition explores the under-researched domain of British war comics and their indelible influence on English speaking boys during apartheid. It examines how war comics aided the tacit construction of a militarised state-of-mind, effectively buttressing the ideologies of the apartheid regime and former South African Defence Force (SADF).



Embedded within the American social, political, and economic systems are various forms of structural violences. Over the next few weeks the CSSJ will be organizing a series of conversations, This is America, exploring these violences, their historical roots in racial slavery and possibilities for an alternative future.

The first conversation in the series, Black Lives: Structural Violence, Protest and Change will take place on June 11, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 PM.

This event is free and open to all.  Please click here to register

Panelists include Dr. Joy James (Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities at Williams College), Felicia Denaud (PhD candidate in Africana Studies at Brown), Dr. Brian Meeks (Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown), moderated by Dr. Anthony Bogues (CSSJ Director).

The Harry Garuba Podcast Series celebrates the incisive thinking of one of the continent’s most distinguished academics.

As UP faculty and CAST members, Nick Shepherd and I remember Harry’s particular gentleness and deep humility. We also remember his steely resolve to ‘do the right thing’, often at great cost. This podcast series honours Harry’s determination to ask those pertinent and often uncomfortable questions that shake and enrich our sense of being.

This series pays tribute to Harry Garuba and we are especially honoured that his is the inaugural podcast. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to his wife, Zazi, for sharing Harry and for supporting this endeavour.

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