1860 Her­itage Cen­tre Me­mo­rial Lec­ture


THE 1860 Her­itage Cen­tre will host the in­au­gu­ral Suren­dra Bhana Me­mo­rial Lec­ture, to be de­liv­ered by Pro­fes­sor Uma Dhu­pelia Mesthrie, on Satur­day – from 2 to 4pm.

Bhana was a his­to­rian of In­dian di­as­pora in South Africa.

He au­thored and co-au­thored 10 books, and pub­lished nu­mer­ous pa­pers re­lated to the field of In­dian in­den­ture.

“His sem­i­nal study on the ships list has laid the foun­da­tion for in­den­tured re­search in the coun­try and his pi­o­neer­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pro­fes­sor Joy Brain, in cat­a­logu­ing and data cap­tur­ing the ships lists, is in­valu­able to the study of in­den­ture,” said the cen­tre’s cu­ra­tor, Sel­van Naidoo.

Pro­fes­sor Bhana was awarded a United Na­tions schol­ar­ship to pro­ceed to Kansas Univer­sity in the US, where he com­pleted his masters.

He re­turned to South Africa, where he joined the Univer­sity of Durban Westville, (now UKZN) and then be­came the head of the De­part­ment of His­tory in 1980.

“His work in the de­part­ment gave voice to ne­glected sub­ject mat­ter in the field of in­den­ture and be­yond, that is still cham­pi­oned by the likes of his stu­dents – Pro­fes­sor Dhu­pelia-Mesthrie and Pro­fes­sor Goolam Va­hed among oth­ers.”

He took up an of­fer of Pro­fes­sor of His­tory at the Univer­sity of Kansas in 1988, a po­si­tion he held un­til he re­tired in 2006. Bhana died in Septem­ber 2016.

“The lec­ture is aimed at con­tin­u­ing the legacy of his work and forg­ing new per­spec­tives in the field of In­dian in­den­ture and be­yond.”

For en­quiries, email Yatin Singh yathz2006@ya­hoo.com or call 031 309 1858.

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