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Conferences and colloquia

The Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust is committed to promoting research and dialogue on issues of social structure, class and gender, of the state, of government and politics, of social justice, and of social stability and cohesion.

To this end, the Trust regularly organises, hosts and sponsors conferences and colloquia.

The Trust works with leading intellectuals to conceptualise the content and delineate the parameters of these events.

To date, two conferences have been held. Some proceedings of these events are available via the links below.

In September 2006, the Trust hosted its tenth anniversary colloquium, entitled “Engaging silences and unresolved issues in the political economy of South Africa” at Monkey Valley in Noordhoek. Follow the links below to access copies of the papers.

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Re-Visiting The Political Economy of Social Change in Contemporary South Africa

14 -15 June 2012, Liliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, Johannesburg

Political Economy of Development, Ben Fine (PDF)
Address by Adv Ngoako Ramatlhodi on the occasion of the Harold Wolpe Conference titled: Re-visiting the Political Economy of Social Change in Contemporary South Africa (PDF)
Transcript of the Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Liliesleaf Trust's commemorative Gala Dinner in honour of the Harold Wolpe Trust (PDF)
Constitutional challenges facing South Africa, Sipho M Pityana (PDF)
Personal Reflections on Harold Wolpe as A Critical Thinker, Prof Robert van Niekerk (PDF)
Political Economy of Development by, Dr Iraj Abedian (PDF)
Conference programme (PDF)


South African Humanities Deans’ Association (SAHUDA)

Colloquium the humanities and popular struggles in SA

11-12 November 2011, Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Colloquium programme (PDF)

Towards a Rights - Based Human Migration Policy in South Africa

Prof. Lawrence Piper, Nkosikhulule Nyembezi, Elroy Paulus

21 - 22 June 2011, Cape Town

Colloquium Report (PDF)

The State of Local Government in South Africa

Dr Dale Mackinley, Dr Dereck Powell, Mr Johann Mettler

3 - 4 March 2011, Cape Town

Colloquium Report

A Holistic Response to Gender-Based Violence: Successful Interventions and Enduring Challenges

Ms K. Lubelwana, Prof K. Khannabiran, Dr Y. Abrahams, Ms S Waterhouse

November 2010, Cape Town

Colloquium presentations

Report on Masculinities, Violence and Crime Colloquium

Introduction to Masculinities, Crime and Violence Colloquium and Summary notes from the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust dialogue

22 February 2008 , Cape Town

Colloquium and Report


Engaging silences and unresolved issues in the political economy of South Africa

Colloquium to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Harold Wolpe, and of the establishment of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust

September 2006, South Africa

Colloquium web site

The land question in South Africa: The challenge of transformation and redistribution

Second conference of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust

25-27 March 2004, V&A Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town

Conference presentations


The political economy of social change in South Africa

Inaugural conference of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust

1-2 April 1997, University of the Western Cape

Conference programme and proceedings