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Set in Stone? The Politics of Curating the Life of Emily Hobhouse in Contemporary South Africa

The second event in the Leeds Cultural Conversations series 2019/20.

Presented by Dr Helen Dampier (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Rebecca Gill (University of Huddersfield)

Bust of Hobhouse produced in 1920 by Mattieu Molitor, photo by Conrad Bornman

Dr Helen Dampier and Dr Rebecca Gill reflect on the challenges they have faced in curating an exhibition on Emily Hobhouse's life and legacy in contemporary South Africa. They consider their attempts to grapple with Hobhouse's place in the racial politics of South Africa at a highly charged moment in the politics of commemoration.

This event is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University.

Between 4 - 20 November the Emily Hobhouse's Peace Activism: War Without Glamour Exhibition is taking place at Leeds Beckett University. Further information is available on the exhibition event page. 


Dr Helen Dampier and Dr Rebecca Gill will also be running a workshop for students on Wednesday 06 November, 15:30 -17:00. In this workshop they will reflect on their recent experience of curating an exhibition in the UK and South Africa, will deal with some of the practicalities of preparing an exhibition, and will include a guided tour of the exhibition itself. All undergraduate and postgraduate History students are welcome to attend. The workshop is likely to be of particular interest to students planning a career in the heritage/museums sector. Please email H.Dampier@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to confirm your attendance. 


Event Details

6 November 2019 -
6 November 2019
12:30 - 13:30
Cohen Room, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds LS1 3AD
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