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University of Pretoria Faculty of Humanities – Award for the best History essay by First Year Student (May 2023)

2023-05-24T12:31:25+00:00May 22nd, 2023|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

As part of its wish to make HiPSA known to a new generation of historians, the society sponsored prizes of two HiPSA volumes for the best history essays by first-year students in the UP Department of Historical and Heritage Studies. Details of the awards held on 3 May 2023 are below. Congratulations to the two winners! We hope this will inspire them and their peers to join HiPSA at our special student subscription rate. [...]

Free State Arts Fertival October 2022

2023-05-24T12:32:35+00:00October 6th, 2022|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

HiPSA Exco member Prof Chris van der Merwe is currently attending the Vrystaat/Free State Kunstefees/Arts Festival in Bloemfontein (2-8 October 2022). On display is our volume "Selections from the Letters of President M T Steyn 1904–1910"; edited by Con de Wet and Elizabeth van Heyningen; translated by Chris van der Merwe (VRS series II-48 (2017) - see photo . Display of books about the Anglo-Boer War at the Free State Arts Festival Oct 2022 [...]


2022-10-04T14:32:52+00:00October 3rd, 2022|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

On 29 September 2022, our Chairman Prof Howard Phillips gave a keynote address to the South African Society for History Teaching in Genadendal (organised by Dr Francois Cleophas, a member of HiPSA's Council) on the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. The global pandemic reached deep into South Africa, including the village of Genadendal, and left its mark on it with seventy "Genaalers" (=residents of Genadendal), dying in consequence of it. Prof Phillips and Prof Warnich standing [...]

SA Historical Society Conference 2022

2022-07-01T08:00:54+00:00July 1st, 2022|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

The South African Historical Society held its annual conference in East London on 28 - 30 June 2022. The conference was attended by the Chairman of HiPSA, Prof Howard Phillips who arranged a display of HiPSA publications. If you look carefully, you will see advance copies of our 2022 volume ICU ‘I See You’: The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union of Africa, 1919-1930, edited by David Johnson and Henry Dee.                     [...]


2022-07-01T07:56:13+00:00March 14th, 2022|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

David Culpin, editor of "Francois Le Vaillant: Travels into the Interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope" Volume II, gave a lecture on Le Vaillant at the Academie Francaise in Cape Town on 9 March 2022. The 50 socially-distanced chairs were all filled, some by HiPSA members who had been invited to attend. We sold several copies of the volume. On the photos below Professor Culpin is speaking (left) and on the right is a group [...]


2022-04-23T21:16:17+00:00March 14th, 2022|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

This year's volume, Francois Le Vaillant: Travels into the interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope Vol II, was launched for a second time at the Plettenberg Bay History Festival held on 25/26 February 2022. The editor, Professor David Culpin, gave a lecture on Le Vaillant during this occasion. The photo below shows Culpin talking at the launch, appropriately held at a French bakery in the town. The second photo shows a group of the Festival organisers with [...]


2021-11-08T21:27:04+00:00October 5th, 2021|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

    Dit is met groot vreugde dat ons kan aankondig dat die 2020 publikasie van HiPSA, Volume III-2 Sol Plaatje: a life in letters, rederigeer deur Brian Willan and Sabata-mpho Mokae, die 2021 SALA-prys, in die kategorie Kreatiewe Nie-Fiksie, gewen het. Vir meer inligting besigtig die webwerf van die “South African Literary Awards” by . Albei die redakteurs het hulde gebring aan HiPSA, met Sabata-mpho Mokae wat gesê het: “Thank you for your decision to publish the book and your support [...]

Pretoria University Award for the best History essay by a first year student – 2021

2021-05-06T15:40:09+00:00May 6th, 2021|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

Historical Publications Southern Africa regularly donates some of our volumes to the History departments of various Universities as book prizes for deserving students. On 30 April 2021 the prize for the best History essay by a first-year student in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria was awarded to Ms Shemara Nalimuthu. The prize was presented by Dr Nisa Paleker, member of the HiPSA Council, at a Virtual Awards Ceremony. [...]

Salvaging Historic Material at the Jagger Library

2021-05-06T04:44:58+00:00May 5th, 2021|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

A wildfire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain on Sunday, 18 April 2021 swept across the upper campus of the University of Cape Town ravaging the Jagger library, which bore the brunt of the devastation. The University of Cape Town’s Jagger Reading Room was left in ruins. (Photo: Gallo Images / Die Burger / Jaco Marais) A steady stream of volunteers, including many members of HiPSA, have been arriving daily to help with the removal [...]

The Publication has “a striking and frightening immediacy during the time of Covid-19”

2020-04-27T07:04:27+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic our Society's publication In a time of plague: Memories of the “Spanish” flu epidemic of 1918 in South Africa has become very topical. A substantial number of reviews of the publication, edited by Prof Howard Phillips, have recently appeared in journals and newspapers as well as on-line. The latest review by Elsabe Brits in Litnet on 24 April 2020 can be read HERE. Ms Brits concludes her review as follows: "Testimonies by survivors, [...]

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