Human Geography Project by Dr Daniel Hammett

Dr Dan Hammett, Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, visited various service learning partners in July 2012 and will be coming back with a group of students early in March 2013 to do a human geography project at these organisations in Bloemfontein.

Prior to his appointment in Sheffield in 2010, Daniel was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He remains a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, and has recently been appointed a Research Associate at the Department of Geography, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.

Drawing from a range of sources including political cartoons, postage stamps, and political ephemera Dan explores the ways in which dynamic ideas of nation-hood and state-hood are projected, contested, interpreted and challenged in Southern Africa – Post-colonialism, the academy and theory. The intention of this work is to develop a more post-colonially sensitive human geography that develops theory written by and from beyond the Anglo-American disciplinary core. Born of conversations with a range of colleagues in South Africa and the UK this project is leading to the development of outputs considering the state of human geography in South Africa, the role of theory in policy and practice, and the need to challenge 'core' assumptions regarding the Global South.

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Dr Dan Hammett

A Play Exploring Freedom in South Africa – Featuring the Learners of REACH

This project started as a result of a partnership between the University of the Free State and REACH.

The goal was to encourage students and learners to think critically about what it means to be South African, both in a historical context as well as where South Africa is heading in the future. It sought to empower youth and give them the opportunity to express themselves through oral communication as well as dance.

We believe there is power through knowledge, and this project has attempted to explore that insight.

Click here for photo's of the play.

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Written and directed by:
Nicholas Courtney, Patrick Kaars and Angelo Mockie

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