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CCS Seminar: History's Schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities

Speakers: Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally
Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018
Time: 13:00-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN


The learning and knowledge production that occurs within progressive movements for change is often overlooked. Yet many powerful insights and ideas about social change have been produced by people as they struggle for a better world. Some organisers, educators and activists engage with, and invoke earlier, albeit contested, histories of struggles to help think through strategies, analyse problems, tensions and possibilities.Drawing from their new book History's Schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities, the speakers at this seminar explore the place of historical knowledge in contemporary activism, the ways that activists and social movements strive to document their experiences, and how they critically engage with and educate from history.

Speaker Bios:

Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg. He has been involved in a range of social, political and environmental justice movements and organizations. He is author of Learning activism: The intellectual life of contemporary social movements, editor of Activists and the surveillance state: Learning from repression, and co-editor of History's Schools: Past struggles and present realities, among other books.

Salim Vally is Professor and Director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, and Visiting Professor at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), South Africa. He is co-editor of Education, Economy and Society (2014: UNISA Press), and co-editor of History's Schools: Past struggles and present realities (UKZN Press, 2018)Vally worked as an education official in the trade union movement in South Africa for ten years before joining academia.

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