Student reflections on field study trip to the Workers Museum

This year students from the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) elective Masters and Honours course  ‘Critical perspectives on labour and livelihoods’  undertook a field study trip to the Workers Museum in Newtown, Johannesburg. The ten students  from ACMS and the EMMIR program at the University of Oldenburg learnt about the history of labour migration to South Africa during and after apartheid, engaged with the museum staff and critically reflected on the role migrant workers in the region’s politics and economy.

Afterwards, students wrote an opinion piece on their visit.  The best piece was titled “Workers Museum: the Precarity of ‘Guest’ Work” by Fernando  Hernandez in which he engaged with his teased out the exploitative and oppressive nature that migrant workers faced drawing in his own experience as a Mexican American.

Below you can read some of the other submissions by the students: