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Call for Applications for 2020 Postgraduate Scholarships

The Violent States, States of Violence Research Project at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications from MA students for scholarships in the field of violence studies for the 2020 academic year. For the full call for scholarships click here For the full project proposal click here ****************************************************************************************** The centrality of violence to colonialism, imperialism, and global and local forms of domination calls for a rethinking of social science assumptions. For the purposes of this project, we take as a starting point a focus on the relationship between states, citizens, subjecthood, politics and violence; and at t

South Africa still has a long way to go on the right to food

Brittany Kesselman's latest article in The Conversation in the right to food in South Africa Fifty-four percent of South Africans are hungry or at risk of hunger. Hunger affects people’s health, as well as their ability to live full and productive lives. That’s why hunger represents a violation of their basic human rights – not only the right to food, but also the rights to dignity, health and education, since all of these are affected by hunger. Hunger, malnutrition and related illnesses are not evenly spread. There are significant race, class and gender differences. For example, black South Africans are 22 times more likely to be food insecure compared with white South Africans. Food insec

Three new SWOP Working Papers on a just transition from coal, now available

Three new SWOP Working Papers are now available for download. The three papers were launched together at the SWOP Breakfast Seminar on the 4th of October 2019. The papers are available for download by clicking on the titles listed below. These three papers address the question of a just transition from coal and the implications for workers and communities. They demonstrate three different points: firstly Dineo Skosana shows how coal mining and burning has meant the dispossession of land, livelihoods and even spiritual security as mining companies have descecrated thousands of ancestral graves. In the second paper Victor Munnik argues why we need a new analytical framework for thinking abou

Book Launch: Jospeh Mujere's 'Land, Migration and Belonging'

Join us for the launch of Joseph Mujere's book ' Land, Migration and Belonging: A History of the Basotho in Southern Rhodesia c 1890-1960s'. A new history of the Basotho migrants in Zimbabwe, written by Jospeh Mujere, that illuminates identity politics, African agency and the complexities of social integration in the colonial period. The launch will take place on the 9th of October at 18h00, at the Humanities Graduate Centre seminar room, at Wits University's Braamfontien Campus. Books will be available for purchase on the night. Only cash will be accepted.

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