Conferences & lectures

South Africa after the rainbow: aspiration, ambition and social mobility

DATE & TIME
Thursday, November 14, 2019
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SPEAKER(S)

Anne-Maria Makhulu

COST

This event is free

ORGANIZATION

CISSC and the Concordia African Studies Working Group

WHERE

Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room H-1220

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Yes

South Africa After the Rainbow, a manuscript in preparation, examines the relationship between black socio-economic success, educational opportunity and the aspirations of ‘born frees’ — young people born into freedom in South Africa following the country’s democratization. Given the reality of political freedom, economic crisis and lingering racism, can the fact of acquiring education and training, by itself, surmount the very real hurdles to black economic and professional success?

South Africa After the Rainbow addresses the emergence of #FeesMustFall and #RhodesMustFall — campus-based hashtag movements — and their demand for free education and the decolonization of the university and its curriculum. Connecting the activism of contemporary university-age students to other repertoires of struggle, the hashtag movements stand out as both similar to and quite distinct from a range of other movements organized around the demand for freedom and dignity in South Africa.

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