n De Arte - University of the Free State, Winter 2014 s

Volume 2015, Issue 92
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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I was invited to the University of the Free State in July 2014 to receive an Honorary Doctorate and to attend the conference of the South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH). This was my first visit to South Africa, a country about which I knew little apart from the broad outline of the struggle against apartheid. I was welcomed with extraordinary generosity, and with stories, insights and anecdotes that vividly evoked the experience of a university in the process of social transition and conscious self-reinvention. The graduation ceremony was moving and inspiring; I felt as though I was witnessing the coming into being of post-democracy South Africa.

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