African Studies Centre: Seminar on the occasion of 100 years ANC
16 February, 15.30-17.00
Places of Resistance and Quiescence: A Reinterpretation of the ANC and
Popular Movements in Urban Struggles in South Africa, 1943-1957
by Noor Nieftagodien, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
discussant: Ineke van Kessel, ASC
This seminar will explore the evolution of the ANC and other popular movements (including the Communist Party of South Africa) from the first major bus boycott in Alexandra Township and the formation of the ANC Youth League in 1943/44 until the final (successful) bus boycott in the same township in 1957. It will offer an analysis of the
production and dissolution of contentious spaces and how these processes shaped resistance politics in this period. One of the main arguments is that by inserting places of the urban poor – locations, peri-urban squatter camps, freehold townships and ‘model’ townships – more centrally into analyses of resistance, it is possible to develop a more nuanced understanding of the character and rhythms of resistance politics than emerge in conventional interpretations that concentrate on the political parties.
Venue: Room 1A27, African Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences Leiden University, Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden, a 7-minute walk from Leiden CS. Note that the temporary building entry is at the Wassenaarseweg side.
Cost: Free of charge
You are all welcome!