As part of the Our ‘Distant’ Neighbours lecture series, historian Noor Nieftagodien (the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) delivered a lecture entitled African cities, postcolonialism, memory and migration: the case of Alexandra in South Africa, which was organised by the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia on March 8, 2012.
Professor Noor Nieftagodien is the head of the History Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. He lectures on urban history and the Middle East and is a Senior Researcher under the NRF Chair on Local Histories, Present Realities. His research includes works on popular movements, liberation history, xenophobia, memory, squatter movements, the construction of townships, and the history of Alexandra, Kathorus, Ekurhuleni and Orlando West. Professor Nieftagodien is a current board member of the South African History Archives and a former board member of the South African Democracy Education Trust. His current research projects include a history of the Vaal Triangle, and the production of contentious spaces and popular movements. He is also involved in several local public history projects.