UFS to rename and renew

2016-08-03 06:00

THE leadership of the University of the Free State (UFS) invites staff, students and alumni to make submissions for the renaming and renewal of statues, signs and symbols on the three campuses (two in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa).

In line with the founding statement and guidelines of the Naming Committee of Council, the call will seek to retain the best representations of the history and identity of the UFS over more than a century.

This will be done while committing to the transformation imperatives of our new democracy so that the totality of statues, signs and symbols give credence to both the past and the future, all in line with the values of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

It will give special attention to creative submissions from staff, students and alumni, such as signs and symbols that reflect an entangled past and place rival memories in critical conversation.

The UFS management states that what­ever is proposed, its commitment to the Academic Project and the Human Project remain foundations on which inspirational proposals could be based. In the end, a campus that is richly diverse, inclusive and just in its symbolic infrastructure, would give visible meaning to the university’s commitment to social justice and reconciliation.

Submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following: the renaming of streets and buildings; the proposal of new statues and other symbols on campus; the renewal of artwork collections; the reconfiguration of existing statues and symbols; the introduction of memorial gardens; the instatement of new galleries, sculptures and literary collections; the establishment of prominent academic chairs or annual academic lectures in the name of illustrious figures, and so forth.

Particular attention should be given to new buildings in the process of being built, such as residences.

All submissions should be made to the Statues, Signs and Symbols Committee (SSSC) between 21 July and 31 August. Proposals can be delivered in hard copy to the office of the director: Communication and Brand Management at Room 49, Main Building, Bloemfontein Campus, or via email to sssc@ufs.ac.za.

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