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Title:Prompting reflections: an account of the 'Sunday Times' Heritage Project from the perspective of an insider historian
Author:Kros, CynthiaISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic term:South Africa
cultural heritage
About persons:Brenda Fassie
Ingrid Jonker (1933-1965)ISNI
Abstract:On the occasion of the newspaper's centenary in 2006, the 'Sunday Times' (South Africa) introduced the idea of sponsoring a series of 'public story memorials to some of the remarkable people and events that made our news century', the 'Sunday Times' Heritage Project. The present author reflects on this memorial project, where she worked as one of the historians. Attempting to resist the adversarial positioning of academic history and heritage, she suggests that, although it is easy to fall back on the axiomatic authority of the academic historian, there is everything to be gained for historians from working with other kinds of intellectuals, writers and artists - and with local communities. The author focuses on two of the ten monuments, viz. the memorial of the singer Brenda Fassie in Johannesburg and the memorial of the poet Ingrid Jonker at Gordon's Bay in the Western Cape. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]