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Shauna Mottiar presents at 'Contentious Politics' seminar, 22 May

Colloquium on Contentious Politics, Capitalism, and Social Movement Theory

May 22, 2013 – Plumpudding Conference Venue (12 Chiselhurst Drive, Rossmore 2092)

8:00 – 8:30 Tea & coffee

8.30 – 8:45 Welcome/introduction

8:45 – 10:15 Panel I: Cycles of Contention
(Chair: Luke Sinwell)
  • “South Africa ‘Unrest’: Local or Global; Protest or Rebellion,” Tom Lodge (University of Limerick, Ireland) and Shauna Mottiar (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

  • “Cycles of Contention: Social Movement Theory and Municipal Workers’ Resistance in Johannesburg,” Eddie Webster and Carmen Ludwig, University of Witwatersrand

  • “Cycles of Contention Post-Apartheid: A Challenge to Current Theory,” Carin Runciman, University of Johannesburg

  • Discussant: Michael Burawoy, University of California-Berkeley

    10:15 – 10:30 Tea Break

    10:30 – 12:00 Panel 2: Class and Political Formations
    (Chair: Mosa Phadi)
  • “Social Movements Beyond Incorporation: The Case of the Housing Assembly in Post-Apartheid Cape Town,” Zachary Levenson, University of California-Berkeley

  • “Emergence of Inter-Class Alliances in Struggles for Transformation of the Kenyan Constitution,” Jacob Mwathi Mati, University of Witwatersrand

  • “Exhausting Recognition: Precarious Worker Politics and the Law,” Bridget Kenny, University of Witwatersrand

  • Discussant: Trevor Ngwane, University of Johannesburg

    12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

    1:30 – 3:00 Panel 3: Township Politics
    (Chair: Claire Benit-Gbaffou)
  • “From Political Opportunity to Political Society: South African Protest as Postcolonial Politics,” Marcel Paret, University of Johannesburg

  • “The Enemy Within: Contemporary Determinants of Factionalism in ANC Local Structures,” Tatenda G Mukwedeya, University of Witwatersrand

  • “A Battle for Patronage From Below: Political Unrest in an Informal Settlement in South Africa,” Hannah Dawson, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute

  • Discussant: Prishani Naidoo, University of Witwatersrand

    3:00 – 3:15 Tea break

    3:15 – 4:45 Panel 4: Revolution, Leadership and Desire
    (Chair: Marcel Paret)
  • “What is To Be Done? Revisited, in South Africa,” Peter Alexander, University of Johannesburg

  • “Leadership, Organic Intellectuals and the Origins of the 2012 Strikes at Amplats and Lonmin,” Luke Sinwell, University of Johannesburg

  • “The Object of Desire: The Fixation on the Fungible Poor Black in South Africa,” Shannon Walsh, City University of Hong Kong

  • Discussant: Elke Zuern, Sarah Lawrence College

    4:45 – 5:30 Closing
    (Chair: Carin Runciman)
    “Concluding Reflections,” Noor Nieftagodien, University of Witwatersrand

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