The idea for this conference was first discussed casually, over coffee, in a cold Portuguese winter. Since January 2015, we have been fortunate enough to receive the financial and institutional support from several sources. The following institutions and their staff have been instrumental partners in this endeavour.
French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Founded in 1995, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) is a leading institution in the areas of scientific, artistic and cultural cooperation. With resources granted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IFAS supports outstanding research through a variety of scholarships and research grants. In addition, IFAS encourages the arts and culture, by hosting exhibitions, art installations, and seminars of various kinds. With a regional mandate covering all countries in Southern Africa, IFAS is a well-established driving force in cooperation between European and Southern African partners.
Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER)
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
Established in 2001, the Wits Institute is a prominent interdisciplinary research centre in the social sciences and humanities in Africa. Over the last decade, it has developed exceptionally critical, independent and comparative research on the areas of Southern African history, with particular interest in understanding the political, economic and social forces shaping the region during apartheid and in its aftermath. WiSER has also been an institutional space where dialogue between South African scholarship and an international academic community has thriven. With the generous support of the Wits University and external donors, the Institute has been growing steadily, shaping both local and international audiences interested in historical, political and social questions pertaining to the post-apartheid and post-colonial eras.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Av. de Berna, 45A / 1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal
In operation since 1956, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a Portuguese private institution of public utility whose aims are to encourage the arts and sciences in the areas of Portuguese culture, language and history. Through multiple grants attributed to both Portuguese and foreign artists and scholars, over the years the Foundation has supported a wide range of initiatives of proven excellence.
Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History
Ch. Jean-Pavillard 22, CH-1009 Pully, Switzerland
The Pierre du Bois Foundation promotes and support outstanding research in the area of current history. It offers various grants to research, publication and organization of academic events of relevance to the field. Over the last few years, the Foundation has not only generously supported promising young scholars, but also facilitated and promoted the formation of professional networks between historians of different backgrounds and positions.