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Student Movements and Activism in South Africa: A Dialogue with Kelly Gillespie

Fees Must Fall protest
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Monday, November 27, 2017
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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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Kelly Gillespie
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Youth, Democracy, and Dissent: An Event Series on Policy and Activism in Africa

In 2015, students marched in Durham in solidarity with #FeesMustFallactivists in Johannesburg. They show us that South African movements like #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall are not restricted to national politics, but speak to the concerns of young people at a global level: education, employment, dignity, equality, and justice.

Join the Social Movements Lab on Monday, Nov. 27th at 12:00pm-1:15pm for a dialogue with Dr. Kelly Gillespie about South African student movements in the context of a broader history of social movements.

Dr. Kelly Gillespie's work explores how the new student movement in South Africa has ripped through the national liberation narrative that has presided over South Africa since 1994, causing deep contestation over who can claim the future and what that future means.

Dr. Gillespie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Witwatersran and a founder of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism.

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Social Movements Lab, Franklin Humanities Center, Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, Duke University, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC
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This event is co-sponsored by Duke University's Program in International Comparative Studies, The Social Movements Lab, The Concilium on Southern Africa, and Duke's Africa Initiative

Contact: Eli Meyerhoff