This project, coordinated by Loren Landau and Tanya Pampalone, will use oral history to explore the politics of mobility, difference and transformation among South Africa’s dynamic and diverse population.
Through both print and various digital formats, extended biographies will tell the stories of immigrants', migrants' and long-term residents’ struggles for physical and financial safety amidst tremendous precarity. In spaces where the government is frail or disinterested, access to land, housing, health and safety are increasingly negotiated outside of formal legal systems. It is in these spaces where battles for justice and rights now occur. This project will tell the stories of those in the fight.
Through first person narratives and digital media, the project will explore the meaning of rights – as principle and practice – among populations whose voices are rarely heard. It will reveal the aspirations and ethics informing interactions across generational, social and international boundaries: how historical struggles shape contemporary perspectives and how those once persecuted and oppressed now exclude or incorporate ‘others’ within their communities.
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