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Apartheid Remains – Racial Palimpsest, Ruins of Revolution – Sharad Chari, University of California, Berkeley)

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

While it is a truism that post-Apartheid South Africa is still wrestling with a long history of colonialism, segregation and racial capitalism, we know less about how people handle the remains of multiple pasts. This talk begins by laying out what remains of various space-times in a long 20th century of racial capitalism and struggle, particularly in ‘Indian’ and ‘Coloured’ neighborhoods in the shadows of oil refineries in the Indian Ocean city of Durban in South Africa. Through an analysis of four intertwined spatiotemporal moments in the heightened conjuncture of anti-apartheid struggle in the 1970s and 1980s, four ways in which people sought quite differently to transform, transcend or destroy Apartheid’s geographies, I try to offer some suggestions about how the post-Apartheid predicament challenges us to imagine an oceanic, postracial, and planetary future.

About the speaker: Sharad Chari is Associate Professor of Geography at University of California, Berkeley, and Research Associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He is author of Fraternal Capital: Peasant-Workers, Self-Made Men, and Globalization in Provincial India (2004), co-editor with Stuart Corbridge of The Development Reader (2008), and is completing a book manuscript titled Apartheid Remains, on which he is speaking. He has writing articles with agrarian, subaltern and Black Marxist traditions, and has been conceptualizing new work on oceanic capital in the post/colonial cross-currents of the Southern African Indian Ocean region. He has also been questioning, with others, what the ‘graphé’ in Geography might mean as earthly/oceanic representation and inscription.


May 10
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sidney Smith Hall, Room 5017A