Student Movements and Activism in South Africa: A Dialogue with Kelly Gillespie
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 12:00pm
In 2015 Duke students marched in Durham in solidarity with #feesmustfall activists in Johannesburg. They show us that South African movements like #Rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall are not restricted to national politics, but speak to the interests of young people at a global level: education, employment, and racial, gender, and political equality.
Kelly Gillespie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand and a founder and convener of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, based at WISER. Dr. 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 and caused deep contestation over who can claim the future and what that future means.