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SOLMS-DELTA: NEGOTIATING LAND REFORM, HISTORY AND MUSIC ON A CAPE WINE FARM

Tracey Randle, historian and heritage consultant

Solms-Delta Wine estate, situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek, provides a thought-provoking case study of the process of uncovering a layered history of one piece of land as part of a series of actions of restitution and transformation in its ownership. Having undergone an ‘excavation’ of its complex past on a public platform through processes of curation and custodianship, the pattern of land ownership has been disrupted and altered in the present. This is not a neat, finite, solution but an ongoing effort to grapple with the legacy of past (dis)inheritances and (dis)possessions on one farm through a curated investigation into its past.

 

LECTURE TITLES

1. Solms-Delta project overview: tracking history, archaeology and land reform 

2. Slave narratives, archival traces and curatorial manifestations

3. Music van de Caab: a Cape rural music project 

 

Recommended reading

Jackson, P. 2014. ‘Solms-Delta: Transformation or Neopaternalism?’ in Van der Waal, C.S (ed.). Winelands, wealth and work: transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: 82–105

Randle, T. 2014. The Inheritance of Loss. In Van der Waal, C.S (ed.) Winelands, wealth and work: transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press: 27–54.

Rassool, C. 2006. Community museums, memory politics, and social transformation in South Africa: histories, possibilities, and limits. Museum Frictions: Global Transformations/Public Cultures: 286–321.

Solms, M. 2015. Psychoanalysis in Pursuit of Truth and Reconciliation on a South African Farm Commentary on Gobodo-Madikizela. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63 (6):1147–1158.

 

 

Date: 21 – 23 January 
Time: 9.15 am
COURSE FEES Full: R330,00  Staff and Students R165,00
Venue: Classroom 2A Kramer Law Building UCT