The post-2008 world has witnessed a series of radical rebellions and authoritarian revanchisms responding to the exigencies of economic and political crises. The trajectory of South African struggles highlights a longer-term dynamic of upheaval beginning in the late 1990s, shortly after the country's transition to a liberal democracy. Most recently, student movements in the country have dovetailed with the efforts of their counterparts in the United States and Europe in confronting anti-black violence and demanding a decolonized curriculum. This talk will explore the persistence of racism in contemporary South Africa through an examination of movements of the urban poor. It will examine these efforts for the lessons they have to offer movement debates in the country and the broader global conjuncture regarding claims to space, mobilizations of race, and the dialectic between state and movement powers. In doing so, it builds on the project of theoretically linking the radical contributions of Africana Studies and Geography. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 17.
- Concilium on Southern Africa