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Democracy, Land and Liberation in Africa Today: Bridging Past and Present Scholarship

The main focus of this colloquium is to celebrate and honour the life and work of one of Africa's longest serving scholar, teacher, researcher and activist, the late emeritus Professor, Lionel Cliffe, who passed away on 24 October 2013. Although Professor Lionel Cliffe's work on Africa encompassed a wide range of issues, the themes of this colloquium perfectly sum up the body of his work. Lionel's academic work on Africa can be grouped into three broad themes: Agrarian political Economy, Liberation Struggles and Democracy in Africa.

Event type: Seminar, Conference
Date of event: Monday, October 20, 2014 to Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Venue: Moot Court, Kramer Building, Middle Campus

 

Colonial Linguistics: Knowledges and Epistemes

Event type: Conference, Debate
Date of event: Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Friday, October 17, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Negotiating Survival Strategies: Small holder farmers speak out Negotiating Survival Strategies by Janice Busingye

Janice Desire Busingye is a community/adult educator. She has been a lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda since 2002 and is now one of All Africa House fellows 2014 at University of Cape Town. Janice studied at Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelor of Adult & Community Education; later she joined the University of KwaZulu Natal and obtained her M. Education (2006) and subsequently did her doctoral studies there and graduated in 2012 with a PhD (Education).

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

The End of The Developmental State, edited by Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams received her BA (Political Economy of Industrial Societies and German), MA (Sociology), and PhD (Sociology) from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology and Political Studies at Wits University (August 2005-December 2006). She has published on communism in South Africa and India, the solidarity economy, social movements, labour, and the growing area of scholarship comparing and connecting India and South Africa.

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Interviews with Neville Alexander: The Power of Languages against the Language of Power, Edited by Brigitta Busch, Lucijan Busch and Karen Press

Chair: Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, Centre for African Studies, UCT.

Event type: Seminar Panel discussion
Date of event: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Popular Culture … Domestic Violence Legislation: Marrying Research and Advocacy by Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Akosua Adomako Ampofo is a Professor of African and Gender Studies, and Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University, and holds an MSc in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, a Post-graduate Diploma in Spatial Planning from the University of Dortmund, and a BSc in Architectural Design, also from KNUST.

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Remember Marikana

Annual Marikana Memorial Lecture: Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (UCT Dean of Humanities)

Event type: Seminar Debate Panel discussion
Date of event: Monday, August 18, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Reflections on South Africa’s Agrarian Questions after 20 Years of Democracy

After 20 years of democracy, and 20 years of market-led land reform in South Africa, land and agrarian questions remain unresolved. This in many ways is evidenced by the increasingly rising discontent among landless people and the poor; ongoing “service delivery protests”, the farm worker “uprisings” in the Western Cape, Marikana shootings, the housing struggles waged by Abahlali Basemjondolo and the emergence of former ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema and his Ecomic Freedom Fighters who are now articulating grassroots struggles demanding economic justice.

Event type: Conference
Date of event: Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Prof. Allison Drew: Visions of Liberation - The Algerian war of independence and its South African reverberations

Professor Allison Drew teaches politics at the University of York, England. Her research concerns social and political movements in twentieth-century and contemporary Africa. She has spent many years researching and writing about the development of left politics in South Africa. She is now looking comparatively at Communism in colonial Algeria from 1920-1962.

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Jacana Media and the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town invite you to the book launch of Mandela's Kinsmen by Timothy Gibbs

Gibbs gently upends the myth of a world of corrupted Bantustan bureaucrats and poor peasants, persuading us that we cannot understand contemporary South Africa until we come to terms with the importance of its “hinterland”. This book is bound to make you think about South Africa and the forces that have shaped it in ways you haven’t considered before.

Event type: Debate
Date of event: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

African Local Knowledge & Livestock Health: Diseases & Treatments in South Africa by Prof. William Beinart

This seminar summarises some of the findings and arguments in William Beinart and Karen Brown, African Local Knowledge & Livestock Health: Diseases & Treatments in South Africa (James Currey and Wits University Pres, 2013/14). Understanding local knowledge has become a significant academic project amongst those interested in Africa and developing countries more generally – especially as part of the critique of top down development.

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT

 

Articulate While Black: Barack Obama and the Shifting Racial Politics of “Sounding Presidential” in the New America by Associate Professor H. Samy Alim

Barack Obama is widely considered one of the most powerful and charismatic speakers of our age. Without missing a beat, he often moves between Washington insider talk and culturally “Black” ways of speaking. But what does it mean to speak as a racialized subject in contemporary America? What does it mean to “sound presidential” in the New America? And what are the cultural, political, and educational implications of these shifting politics of language andrace?

Event type: Seminar
Date of event: Friday, March 14, 2014
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Upper Campus, UCT