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Nyasha Mboti - "An Introduction to Apartheid Studies"
Nyasha Mboti
Associate Professor
University of the Free State
South Africa

“There are People Here Who by all Normal Standards Should be Dead”: An Introduction to Apartheid Studies

All societies have apartheid, in one form or another, and at different rates. But, as Mboti points out in his talk, you only need to apply a set of new, forensic, inductive theoretical lenses to see it. Wherever you find humans living in harm’s way and unable to get out or encounter constant side-by-side co-existence of rich and poor, oppressor and oppressed, and privileged and the marginalized, you are witnessing the advanced operation of apartheid. In this talk, Mboti uses examples from South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg), Kenya (Nairobi), Zimbabwe (Bulawayo and Harare), Brazil (Rocinha favela), India (Mumbai), the UK (London), Italy (Naples), Sweden (Stockholm), and the United States (New York and Detroit) to examine different forms of apartheid globally.

Nyasha Mboti is Head of Department and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He is the founder of Apartheid Studies, a field that deploys the notion of “apartheid” as a systematic, global, interdisciplinary, and forensic methodological and theoretical framework that challenge us to rethink contemporary issues. Mboti is the author of Apartheid Studies: A Manifesto (Africa World Press, 2021).

This talk is sponsored by the Department of African Cultural Studies, the African Studies Program, and the University Lectures Committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Oct 14, 2021 12:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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