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Transportation in South Africa's Fragmented Cities

Date: Thursday 6 June 2019
Time: 1.30-4.30pm
Address: John Adams Hall G27, Institute of Education, UCL, London WC1H 0DP

  • Hijacking mobility: the capture of Nelson Mandela Bay’s urban public transport system. Crispian Olver (Wiser, Wits/Oxford)
  • Car troubles: Race on the road in South Africa c. 1900 – 1940. Deborah Posel (UCL/UCT)
  • The digital frontier and taxi wars 2.0 in South Africa: The political economy of Uber in Johannesburg. Matteo Rizzo (SOAS)
  • Discussant: Tim Gibbs (UCL)

Refreshments provided.

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Book Launch for Race for Education: Gender, White Tone and Schooling in South Africa (CUP, 2019) with Mark Hunter (University of Toronto)

Date: Thursday 6 June 2019
Time: 6-7.30pm
Address: B103 Brunei Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Sq, London WC1H 0XG

Following the end of apartheid in 1994, the ANC government placed education at the centre of its plans to build a nonracial and more equitable society. Yet, by the 2010s a wave of student protests voiced demands for decolonised and affordable education. By following families and schools in Durban for nearly a decade, Mark Hunter sheds new light on South Africa's political transition and the global phenomenon of education marketisation. He rejects simple descriptions of the country's move from 'race to class apartheid' and reveals how 'white' phenotypic traits like skin colour retain value in the schooling system even as the multiracial middle class embraces prestigious linguistic and embodied practices the book calls 'white tone'. By illuminating the actions and choices of both white and black parents, Hunter provides a unique view on race, class and gender in a country emerging from a notorious system of institutionalised racism.

Discussants: Dr Jennifer Robinson (UCL) and Deborah Posel (UCT)
Chair: Dr Harri Englund (University of Cambridge)

The event is followed by a drinks reception.

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