Friday, November 24, 2017
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Department of Anthropology, AP246
19 Russel St
Abstract: The foundational demand of the new student movement that emerged at South African universities in 2015 is the decolonisation of education and the university. For some this has seemed an anachronistic demand, drawing on an older register of politics from the struggles for independence from colonial rule in the 1940s-60s. Yet the students’ invocation of the term has been an attempt to define not only an ongoing colonial paradigm in curriculum and knowledge production at universities, but also to diagnose a problem in the relationship between university and the social context in which it operates. Conversations about how to respond to this demand have been varied, but one rich seam of conversation has been to interpret decolonisation as a claim on worldliness, on how disciplinary and departmental life can open into a different kind of relationship with students’ lives, with the social contexts in which the university as institution functions, and with anti-hegemonic practice.
Speaker: Kelly Gillespie is Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She is a political and legal anthropologist with a research focus on criminal justice in South Africa, and is particularly concerned with the ways in which criminal justice has become a vector for the continuation of apartheid relations. She also writes and teaches about urbanism, sexualities, race and the praxis of social justice. She co-founded the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC), an experimental project based in Johannesburg tasked with recrafting the work of critical theory beyond the global north. Dr Gillespie also works beyond the university in popular education projects supporting a range of social justice formations in Southern Africa.
Co-sponsored by the Development Seminar and the Anthropology Colloquium, Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto
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