as Politics as Politics

A Symposium in Commemoration of
"Christiaan Frederik Beyers Naudé (1972)"
by Bert Verhoeff / Anefo - Nationaal Archief.
Beyers Naudé
as Politics
South African Perspectives
11 May 2015 • Missionskyrkan, Uppsalaa
09.00 Opening / Welcome
Iina Soiri, Director, the Nordic Africa Institute
Andries Oosthuizen, Counsellor, South African Embassy
09.15–10.45 Beyers Naudé as a Teacher - Memories of a Student
Presenter: Ben Khumalo-Seegelken
Discussant: Hans Engdahl
Moderator: Bernt Jonsson
Tea/Coffee Break
Beyers Naudé and the Struggle Against Apartheid
Presenter: Horst Kleinschmidt
Discussant: Birgitta Karlström Dorph
Moderator: Henning Melber
Lunch Break
Beyers Naudé and the Theology of Reconciliation
Presenter: Christo Lombard
Discussant: Rune Forsbeck
Moderator: Hans Engdahl
Tea/Coffee Break
The Values and Legacy of Beyers Naudé
After Twenty Years Democracy
- A Political Conversation
Panel Debate: Ben Khumalo Seegelken, Horst Kleinschmidt,
Christo Lombard, Erik Lysén, Henning Melber and
Andries Oosthuizen
Moderator: Iina Soiri
Birgitta Karlström Dorph Ambassador, working at the Swedish legation in Pretoria during most of the 80's, before and after as a diplomat in many African countries.
Hans S A Engdahl Professor in Theology, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. Ordained priest, Church of Sweden.
Rune Forsbeck
General Secretary of the Swedish Ecumenical Council 1985-93. Ordained minister, Uniting Church in Sweden.
Bernt Jonsson
Political adviser, peace and disarmament, Foreign Office 1983-89, Executive Director, Life & Peace Institute 1990-
99, journalist – press, radio,television.
Horst Kleinschmidt
Student activist in the 60’s, joined the Christian Institute 1972, in exile 1976-2001, most of the time in charge of the International Defence and Aid Fund in London. Upon return he has i.a. served as senior civil servant at the
Fisheries Ministry and is presently running an environmen-
tal consultancy in Cape Town.
Ben Khumalo Seegelken
Christo Lombard
Social scientist and theologian, University of Oldenburg. Working in the early 70’s to raise political awareness among youth in Pietermaritzburg and Durban, political refugee, living in Germany from 1975.
Professor of Theology and Ethics at the University of
the Western Cape 2005- and Director of the Desmond Tutu Centre for Spirituality and Society. Involved in the
peace process with SWAPO and the transition to
independence in Namibia.
Erik Lysén
Director, Church of Sweden International Department, has i.a. worked for Diakonia in Durban and been in charge of its work in West and Central Africa.
Henning Melber
Director emeritus of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Senior Adviser to the Nordic Africa Institute and
Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.
Andries Oosthuizen
Counsellor, South African Embassy, Stockholm.
Iina Soiri
Director, the Nordic Africa Institute. Activist in the boycott campaign against Shell in the 80’s. Has spent 20 years working in Eastern and Southern Africa.
About Beyers Naudé
He was for many years a member of the secret and very conservative Broederbond. After the Sharpeville massacre 1960 he left
it and also resigned as a minister in the white reformed church,
which supported the apartheid regime. As the founder and leader
of the Christian Institute in Johannesburg Beyers Naudé later
played a strategic role and was closely related to ANC. 1977-84 he
was not allowed to leave his home and to meet any groups. After
his release he succeeded Desmond Tutu as the General Secretary
of the South African Council of Churches.
Participation in the symposium is for free
but registration is necessary.
Deadline: April 28.
[email protected], 08-727 18 04