CCS Events
CCS Libraries
About CCS
CCS Projects
CCS Highlights

Patrick Bond lectures on BRICS and Pan-Africanism, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 15 March

Since the BRICS are dying,
Pan-Africanism must be rebuilt from below
By Patrick Bond

Decolonising International Relations in the Time of Crisis
Workshop 1

World Order Visions and Practices from the Global South

Program and Short Bios
Venue: CB 248
Date: Tuesday, 15th March, 2016

8.30 – 9am: Registration and Tea

Welcome and Objectives: Vishwas Satgar

9.15 – 11.00
Chairperson: Jacqueline De Matos Ala, IR Department, WITS
Panel 1: US Empire and Challenges from the Global South: Leo Panitch, Moema Miranda and Vishwas Satgar



11.30 – 1pm
Chairperson: Michelle Small, IR Department, WITS
Panel 2: The Arab Spring - Where to for the Middle East? : Na’eem Jeenah, Kaveh Yazdani and Ran Greenstein

1pm-2pm: Lunch

2pm – 3.30pm
Chairperson: Jacqueline De Matos Ala, IR Department, WITS

Panel 3: Africa Rising? : Devan Pillay, Samuel (Femi) Oloruntoba and Samantha Hargreaves


Chairperson: Vishwas Satgar, IR Department, WITS

Panel 4: Pan Africanism is Dead, Long Live the BRICS ! : Patrick Bond, Fatima Shobodien and Tshepo Moloi

Way forward: Sam Gindin and Vishwas Satgar

Short Bios

Panel 1: US Empire and Challenges from the Global South: Sam Gindin, Leo Panitch, Moema Miranda and Vishwas Satgar

Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at York University. He also serves as editor of the Socialist Register since 1985; his books include Working Class Politics in Crisis, The End of Parliamentary Socialism, and Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy, and Imagination.

Moema Miranda is co-executive director of the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (Ibase). She coordinates the People’s Dialogue and South-South Coalition Building programs, and works closely with organizations and networks in Latin America and Africa. Ms. Miranda participated in the Operating Secretariat of the Civil Society Facilitating Committee for the Rio+20 Earth Summit and coordinated programs including the World Social Forum Process and Democratic Alternatives to Globalization. She is an anthropologist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social anthropology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRG), National Museum.

IBASE - Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses
40, Rua Senador Dantas – Downtown – Rio de Janeiro – Code: 20031-203
Phone: +55 (21) 3528 3535

Dr. Vishwas Satgar is a Senior Lecturer in International International Relations at WITS. His research interests include crisis theory, Empire, transnational alternatives, African political economy and neo-Marxist theoretical analysis. He leads the decolonization IR initiative in his department and is the editor of the Democratic Marxism book series. He recently edited: Capitalism’s Crises- Class Struggles in South Africa and the World (2015) and co-edited COSATU in Crisis (2015). He has been an activist for over three decades and currently is actively involved in solidarity economy, food sovereignty and climate justice campaigning. He supports the struggle to decolonize, decommodify and end outsourcing at universities in South Africa. Twitter: @VishwasSatgar Blog:

Panel 2: The Arab Spring - Where to for the Middle East? : Na’eem Jeenah, Kaveh Yazdani and Ran Greenstein

Na'eem Jeenah is the Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a Johannesburg-based research institute focusing on the Middle East and North Africa.

Kaveh Yazdani received his PhD degree in social sciences (Sozialwissenschaften) at the
University of Osnabrück in 2014. His scholarly interests include the “Great Divergence”
debate and the history of South and West Asia between the 17th and 20th centuries. Recently, he was granted the Prince Dr. Sabbar Farman-Farmaian fellowship at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam where he worked on the socio-economic impact of India’s Parsis on Persia’s Zoroastrians (1853-1925). He is currently teaching and doing research at the Center for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) at Wits University, Johannesburg, where he is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Dilip Menon.

Ran Greenstein is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has written on political conflict and social movements in South Africa and the Middle East. His most recent book is titled 'Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine' (Pluto, 2014).

Panel 3: Africa Rising? : Devan Pillay, Samuel (Femi) Oloruntoba and Samantha Hargreaves

Devan Pillay is head of the department of Sociology. He was a former writer for the SA Labour Bulletin, editor of Work In Progress, Head of research at NUM and director.

Dr. Samuel O Oloruntoba is a Senior Lecturer at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the same Institute from August 2013 to October 2014. He obtained his PhD in Political Science with specialization in International Political Economy of Trade from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he is tenured a Faculty member. He was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston and Brown University in United States of America. His most recent publication on the Politics of Financialisation was published in Africa Development, a flagship journal of the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in 2015. His book on regionalism and Integration in Africa: EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements and Euro-Nigeria Relations was published by Palgrave Macmillan, New York, United States of America in November 2015.

Samantha Hargreaves is a land, agrarian and extractive industry specialist, specifically promoting analysis and organising by women in South Africa and the rest of the continent.She has been employed by organisations fighting domestic violence, promoting landless peoples’ rights, building international anti-poverty social movements and addressing problems caused by mining and petroleum industries. She has served movements as a field worker, researcher, campaigner and programme manager. She helped found the WoMin (Women in Mining) African Gender and Extractives Alliance in early 2013 and is the network’s current director. Samantha holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and is an associate of the Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP), also at Wits University.

Panel 4: Pan Africanism is Dead, Long Live the BRICS! : Patrick Bond, Fatima Shobodien and Tshepo Moloi

Patrick Bond is professor of political economy at Wits University School of Governance and, through April 2016, director of the UKZN Centre for Civil Society. His recent books are BRICS (2015 with Ana Garcia), South Africa (2014 with John Saul), Elite Transition (2014, 3rd edn) and Politics of Climate Justice (2012). His doctorate was in economic geography, at Johns Hopkins University under David Harvey’s supervision.

Fatima Shobodien is country director for ActionAid South Africa.

Mr. Tshepo Moloi holds a Masters in Systematic Philosophy (University of Zululand) and is currently pursuing a D. Litt. et Phil in Afrikan Diplomacy and International Relations (University of Johannesburg). Critic of mainstream politics and renewed coloniality. Scholarly interests include themes concerning decolonization, Afrikanising the curriculum, Afrocentricity and pursuing the Pan-Afrikan intellectual agenda. As an activist at UJ he is the Chairperson of the Postgraduate Association (UJ) and also the Secretary-General of the Student Advisory Council (UJ).

Way Forward

Sam Gindin is the former Research Director of the Canadian Auto Workers’ union and Packer Chair in Social Justices at Your University. His many publications include In and Out of Crisis: the Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives (with Greg Albo and Leo Panitch) and The Making of Global Capitalism: the Political Economy of American Empire (with Leo Panitch).

|  Contact Information  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy