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22 August 2018
Prof Coetzee is retelling old stories in a new book
"Failing to Learn Doomed to repeat" was one of the bookworks on display.

The title of Prof Jan K Coetzee’s latest book, Books & Bones & Other Things, says it all. The book looks into the many aspects that have built our society by presenting in a new way the stories contained in old books collected over the years. 

Prof Coetzee is a Senior Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Books & Bones & Other Things was launched on 14 August 2018 and coincided with an exhibition of various “bookworks”   art installations by Prof Coetzee that feature old books, sculptures, artefacts, and fossils.
 
Book resulting from research programme 
   

“This is a book on books so the library is the perfect venue to launch a book on old texts as documents of life,” said Prof Coetzee.

For the past seven years he has been directing a Master’s and PhD programme in Sociology called The Narrative Study of Lives. His project, Documents of Life, from which this book came, focuses on a collection of old texts the oldest of which dates back to 1605.

“We live in storytelling societies and for as long as we can remember we have been telling stories. Over time the ability to produce books was born. Any collection of books can tell you a lot about your own life and the society you live in."

“I cannot read the stories of many of these old books because their narratives are closed. I have to re-narrate the books, change the narrative convention and present them in a way that makes sense to me. By combining the books with art and artefacts I want the books to tell their ancient stories in new ways.”

Book launches and intellectual discussions

At the book launch, Prof Corli Witthuhn, Vice-Rector: Research said: “What we have achieved with this launch and exhibition is unbelievable. We always try to create an intellectual space in the library.

“A book such as this is the pinnacle of an academic career. It is multidisciplinary and it looks at the world in a different way. That is what scholarship is about.”

A painting by Robert Hodgins was also handed over to the Johannes Stegmann Gallery, home of the corporate collection of the UFS, at the event. 

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South Campus warmly welcomes Prof Petersen
2017-05-18

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The second welcoming ceremony for Prof Francis Petersen was held at the South Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) on Thursday, 18 May 2017.  It is one of three welcoming ceremonies during the Inauguration week of the new Vice-Chancellor and Rector.

 “Although we are geographically divided, our three campuses need to work together to accomplish our mission,” said Prof Daniella Coetzee, Principal of the UFS South Campus, who gave a warm welcome to staff, special guests, and students who gathered in the Madiba Arena. Prof Nicky Morgan, Vice-Rector: Operations, introduced Prof Petersen and said: “This is the first time that a ceremony of this nature is celebrated across our three campuses.”

Prof Francis Petersen, UFS Vice-Chancellor and Rector, said: “Always try to think differently. Challenge yourself. Be innovative.” He emphasised the importance of making the output of universities more useful to the society. “We are one university with three campuses. We expect the same level of excellence on all three campuses,” he said.

Among the speakers of the day, was Surprise Manyaiyi, the Vice-President of the Bloemfontein Campus SRC, who said that Prof Petersen is the right person to lead the UFS.

The crowd were entertained through various musical items, including the UFS choir, which left the audience in loud cheers and waving flags.

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Photo: Charl Devenish

 

 

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