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Session 1 / Unnatural Gardens
20 May 2021 | 09:00 – 11:00 SAST

Ruth Sacks (University of Johannesburg)
Between botanical gardens and contemporary art: colonial histories of naming
Tara Weber (Johannesburg Art Gallery)
Living ruins: botanical resistance In Johannesburg’s colonial infrastructure
Dayle Shand (University of Pretoria)
From environmentalism to environmental justice: shifting perspectives in local community park provision
Rui Aristides (University of Coimbra)
Garden of ruins: the urban production of colonial Bissau and the history of a dilapidated present
Session 2 / Re-imaginings
20 May 2021 | 11:15 – 1:15 SAST

Itala Vivan (University of Milan)
Decoloniality: museums and monuments in post-apartheid South Africa
Adheema Davis (Barland Studio, Durban)
The politics of [de]cartography: asymmetrical intimacies across central Durban
Tariq Toffa (Tshwane University of Technology)
Imagining South African landscape: three centuries of landscape and society in Cape Town
Cynthia Kros (University of the Witwatersrand), Pervaiz Khan (University of the Witwatersrand), and Reece Auguiste (University of Colorado)
Unmuting the colonial film archive?
Session 3 / Lost Buildings
20 May 2021 | 14:00 – 16:00 SAST

Pamila Gupta (University of the Witwatersrand)
Notes for a visual essay on the experience of Art Deco in South Africa
Brendan Hart (University of the Witwatersrand and Mayat Hart Architects)
The re-scripting of the Johannesburg West Dutch Reformed Church
Nuno Coelho (University Coimbra)
Statues also die: the fortress of Cacheu as graveyard of Portuguese colonial legacy
Nabeel Essa (Office 24/7 Architects, Johannesburg)
Building as artefact: from prison to museum
Session 4 / Infrastructure
20 May 2021 | 16:15 – 18:15 SAST

Giorgio Miescher (University of Basel), Chalden Sabab (Usakos Museum Council) and Raffaele Perniola (University of Basel)
Reclaiming South African railway spaces: attempts and frustrations in small towns
Bruno Vedor and Enrico Dodi (Vedor Lda Architects, Maputo)
By train from Marracuene to Chicualacuala: colonial legacy, heritage, cultural identity and sustainable development in the province of Gaza, Mozambique
Robby Fivez (Ghent University)
The railway, the territory and the cement plant: investigating continued forms of violence along the Matadi-Kinshasa railway line
Arianna Lissoni (University of the Witwatersrand)
Blowing up apartheid: MK's strategic targets from sabotage to armed propaganda
Session 5 / Community Building
21 May 2021 | 09:00 – 11:00 SAST

Ali Khangela Hlongwane (University of the Witwatersrand)
Re-engaging the Pageview/Fietas photographic archive of David Goldblatt assembled between 1965 and 2016
Linda Chisholm (University of Johannesburg)
Teacher education colleges
Simon Gush and Bridget Kenny (University of the Witwatersrand)
Lifts and the 'labour of repair': elevators and the landscape of Johannesburg
Hilton Judin (University of the Witwatersrand)
Political evolution of a building type: the community centre in South Africa
Session 6 / Remembering
21 May 2021 | 11:15 – 13:15 SAST

Katy Streek and Jennifer Tosch (Sites of Memory Foundation, Netherlands)
Sites of memory foundation
Joanna Sandell Wright (Södertälje Konsthall, Sweden)
How am I to be remembered when all my friends are dead?
Thando Mama (Fort Hare University)
Ntaba kaNdoda: a contested place
Zandi Sherman (Rutgers University, New Brunswick)
Kimberley closed compounds as racial infrastructure
Session 7 / Heritages
21 May 2021 | 14:00 – 16:00 SAST

Gilles Baro (University of the Witwatersrand)
Gentrification, colonial heritage, Marshalltown
Naomi Roux (University of Cape Town)
Urban heritage conservation for radical futures: what would it mean to think about architectural conservation as a tool for spatial justice?
Greer Valley (University of Cape Town), Sibonelo Gumede (University of Cape Town) and Adheema Davis (Barland Studio, Durban)
Save Our Berea: Whose heritage?
Caio Simões de Araujo (University of the Witwatersrand)
Must Dias Fall? The politics of settler heritage in Southern Africa
Session 8 / Research in Contested Spaces
21 May 2021 | 16:15 – 17:45 SAST

Florence /Khaxas and Yvette Hoebes (Usakos Museum Council)
Usakos Museum and the re-vision of colonial spaces in a small town in Namibia
Osvaldo Luis (Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo)
Railway Museum of Mozambique
Roland Gunst (John K. Cobra Institute of Videoartifacts) and Esther Severi (Kaaitheater, Brussels)
Tropical bungalow: a site of rehabilitation