Class, Identity and Mobilisation: A Study of Commercial Farm Workers in Mpumalanga, South Africa

July 24, 2014

Presentation given by Aurelia Segatti and Janet Munakamwe at the XVIth International Sociological Association Congress, Yokohama, Japan, 13-19 July 2014:

Class, Identity and Mobilisation: a Study of Commercial Farm Workers in Mpumalanga, South Africa
R44 Panel 'Mobilising at the Margins: Comparing Informal Worker Organizing around the World'.
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Changes in the Structure of Earnings of Informal Street Traders


22 July 2014

Chris Callaghan, Knowledge and Information Economics/Human Resources Research Agency (KIEHRA), SEBS.

The African Centre for Migration and Society hosts a lunchtime seminar by Chris Callaghan, Knowledge and Information Economics, Human Resources Research Agency (KIEHRA), School of Economic and Business Sciences.

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Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement

Applications are now invited

Planning your career? We invite you to consider studying at the African Centre for Migration & Society.

Based in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, The African Centre for Migration & Society is a leading independent and engaged research and teaching institution on human mobility. The African Centre for Migration & Society invites applications for 2015 for a Masters in Migration and Displacement. The closing dates for applications are 31 August 2014 (international applicants) and 30 September 2014 (South African applicants). Please click here for more information and how to apply.

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Migrant Sex Workers in Dialogue: Visuals from the Netherlands and South Africa

25th- 28th June

House of Arts and Crafts, Oude Schans 21, Amsterdam

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A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds: 1800-2014 - Peter Delius and Laura Phillips

24th June 2014

Peter Delius and Laura Phillips, Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand

In the twentieth century South Africa became internationally infamous as the site of a pervasive system of racial discrimination. Less widely acknowledged is how fundamental migrant labour was to the making of modern South Africa. In no other society in the world has urbanisation and industrialisation been as comprehensively based on a migrant labour. Migrancy and institutionalised racism fed off each other and shaped the lives and deaths of millions of people. And as the recent tragic events at Marikana have underscored, it is a system which haunts our present as well as our past. 

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Mobility and Metanarrative: Revisiting South African Social Science through Migration and Displacement

The University of the Witwatersrand requests the pleasure of your company at the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Loren Landau

18 June 2014

Click here for a copy of the lecture.

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Forthcoming Workshop - Violence against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts

 3-6 March 2015

 An International Workshop at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa led by Ingrid Palmary, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, and Nicky Stanley, Connect Centre, School of Social Work University of Central Lancashire, UK.

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Locating ‘Fresh’ Portuguese Immigrants in the Post-Apartheid Era: What is Different?

Bárbara Ferreira, Centre for Geographical Studies University of Lisbon

17th June 2014

The position of Portugal in the global migratory system has passed through different stages. Since the 18th century, the outflows of Portuguese have mostly been more predominant than the immigration of foreigners, not only due to the long lasting processes of colonization in three continents (South America, Africa and Asia), but also due to economic, social and political reasons (e.g.: persistent poverty, cyclical economic crisis, fascist regime and colonial wars in the twentieth century). Despite a period of almost twenty years with positive migratory balance beginning shortly after 1990, Portugal is facing a strong reversion of this tendency, especially since the global crisis of 2008.

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Presentation of MiWORC Report N°6 (Migration Module/QLFS)


11th June 2014

The Migrating for Work Research Consortium (MiWORC) Team in partnership with Statistics South Africa is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the draft MiWORC Report N°6 presenting an econometric analysis of the Migration Module in Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey conducted in the third quarter of 2012. This is the second of two reports commissioned on the analysis of the Migration Module in the final phase of MiWORC. 

The report provides in-depth information on the profile and position of foreign labour on the South African labour market. It is the first time this data is available in South Africa. Prof Christine Fauvelle-Aymar, Universite de Tours- France, the author of the report, will present its key findings and answer questions.

For a copy of the presentation click here. View Business Day Live's coverage of the report presentation here.

MiWORC website:

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Jam Tins and Banana Stalks: Gold Traffics from Southern Africa's East Coast, c. 1900s-1920s

Lunchtime Seminar Series


Andrew MacDonald, Department of History, University of the Witwatersrand 

10th June 2014

It is well-known that a long-distance trade in gold on Southern Africa’s East coast flourished from the twelfth century. For four centuries thereafter, Islamic merchants connected the polities of the Limpopo/Zambezi rivers with Arabia and India, exchanging southern African gold dust, trinkets and beads for Asian glass, ceramics, brass and cloth at fairs and along riverine trade routes (Miller, Desai and Lee-Thorpe 2000). Portuguese colonial domination initiated a long period of decline in indigenous gold trading, and by the late nineteenth century, industrialised mining under British rule had fundamentally re-orientated the South African gold economy toward North Atlantic capitalist markets. Much less well known is that a sophisticated, albeit illegal, Indian Ocean gold trade continued to link southern Africans and south Asians in the shadows of Empire.

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