oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Vervoer: 'n dinamiese kultuurverskynsel

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The annual congress of the South African Society for Cultural History was held on 25 and 26 September 1997 at the Vaal Teknorama Museum in Vereeniging. The theme of the congress was ""Transport: a dynamic cultural phenomenon"". From the seventeen papers that were read during the congress it became clear that transport makes an important contribution towards shaping the spiritual and material world in which we live. The papers dealt with themes such as roads, vehicles, sea transport and military transport, as well as several other topics, including the influence of transport on the written word, the geographical distribution of people, architecture, and agriculture. The congress once again confirmed that cultural history is a comprehensive concept. It is the embodiment of the whole world in which we live; it is by its very nature complex and kaleidoscopic: and it is a discipline that to some extent embraces every aspect of human activity. Cultural history endeavours to give an account of the life experiences of every individual, nation and of the human race, and thus also of our transport vehicles and of transport as a cultural phenomenon. At the end of the congress, Prof. Andre Wessels read the concluding paper (summary). In this article his findings and comment are represented in an adapted form, and a summary of the congress proceedings is given.

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