“Critical reflections on space and placemaking: South Africa and Australia”
3:00pm to 5:30pm
Wednesday 5th July, 2017
Health Sciences 2, 3rd floor, room 333
La Trobe University
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Noëleen Murray is the Director of the Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds the Andrew. W. Mellon Chair in Critical Architecture and Urbanism. Her key academic books include Desire Lines – Space, Memory and Identity in the Postapartheid City (2007); and Becoming UWC, Reflections, pathways and the unmaking of apartheid’s legacy (2012). Her most recent book, Hostels, Homes Museum, memorializing migrant labour pasts in Lwandle South Africa, co-authored with Leslie Witz, appeared in 2014 and was awarded the Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology by the Council for Museum Anthropology of the American Association of anthropologists. Her work offers a reading of architecture under and after apartheid. Current projects in Johannesburg extend this interest in architectural history as well as her passion for gathering spatial archives.