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.”
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