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The Annual Surendra Bhana Lecture

By 7th February 2020February 20th, 2020Events

This coming Sunday the 1860 Heritage Centre will host the second ever Surendra Bhana Lecture. The lecture, which aims to continue the legacy of Professor Bhana (1939-2016), will be delivered by Dr Devarakshanam (Betty) Govinden.

A former Professor of History at the then University of Durban-Westville, Surendra Bhana is credited with providing the basis for the study of indenture in South Africa. Together with Professor Joy Brain, Professor Bhana catalogued and digitised the ships’ lists for the vessels that brought the first Indians to South Africa as indentured labourers between the years 1860 and 1902. In total Professor Bhana authored ten books, and numerous papers on the subject of Indian indenture, including Setting Down Roots: Indian Migrants in South Africa, 1860-1911 (co-authored by JB Brain).

A prominent academic, prolific researcher, author and poet, Dr Govinden is herself a respected authority on the history of Indians in South Africa. In 2008, Dr Govinden won the prestigious Hiddingh-Currie award for her book, Sister Outsiders: The Representation of Identity and Difference in Selected Writings by South African Indian Women. Dr Govinder currently holds the title of Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The lecture, which starts at 13h30, will take place at the 1860 Heritage Centre, located at 1 Derby St, Greyville. To book your seat please contact Yatin Singh on 031-3091858/

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