Call for Papers: Destabilizing Demons? Reflecting on Xenophobia, Categories & Cohesion

Workshop at Wits University - 23 July 2015

Convened by:

  • The South African Research Chair on Mobility and the Politics of Difference

  • The African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand

  • The UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Clinic, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law 


Please download the call for papers

Abstracts are due by 10 June 2015

Two weeks of violence in May 2008 left scores dead and tens of thousands displaced. Many were from beyond South Africa’s borders, others South Africans citizens. Since then, hundreds more have been killed, attacked, extorted, or expelled based on where they are from or the work they do. In April 2015, performative violence again spilled on to city streets eliciting fear, anger and solidarity among defenders of tolerance and advocates of social closure. Yet in the violence’s shadows, people from diverse backgrounds live side by side in relative peace if not prosperity. 

This closed door workshop asks participants to reflect on what these dual demons – the scapegoated outsiders and the spectre of popular violence – say about the nature of citizenship, race, politics and law in South African society. The workshop is particularly concerned with how conflict and patterns of coexistence speak to the conceptual categories, teleologies, etiologies, and normative biases embedded within South African academic, popular and political discourse. 

For more information, view the call for papers here.

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Call for Workshop Applicants: Migration, urbanisation and health in southern Africa: interdisciplinary conversations

27 to 29 July 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is associated with high level of historical and contemporary population movements, a high prevalence of communicable – and increasingly non-communicable – diseases, and rapid urban growth.  Associated with a growing population of the urban poor – many of whom are recent migrants to the city, as well as increasing inequality, southern African cities and towns urgently need to address these interlinked development challenges.  This requires a new discussion:  improving research and policy responses to ensure healthy urban migration in a context of inequality and inequity requires interdisciplinary conversations and multi-level action at regional, national and local levels.

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Moving bodies: the corporeal dimensions of migration in southern Africa


16 - 19 September 2014

Recognising a recent growth in academic interest in the complex social and political significance of human corporeality, the British Academy International Partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the University of the Witwatersrand aims to explore how a focus on the transformations of human forms and substances can offer new ways to investigate how violence, migration and health are linked in the lives of people across the southern African region.

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