P058
Democracy, decolonisation and political contestation: the South African case

Convenors:
Ayesha Omar (University of Johannesburg)
Stream:
Location:
NB004
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The purpose of this panel is to critically reflect, engage and debate on the discourses of decolonisation, democracy and political contestation insofar as they intersect and configure power and politics in South Africa.

Long abstract:

The purpose of this panel is to critically reflect, engage and debate on the discourses of decolonisation, democracy and political contestation insofar as they intersect and configure power and politics in South Africa. With the surge of student led university protests for example, South African universities have began to undertake serious academic discussion around questions of access, opportunity, inclusion, justice, citizenship,inequality and the impact of colonial legacy on the making and shaping of higher education, epistemologically and ontologically. This panel will attempt to deconstruct some of these difficult debates that pertain to South Africa but extend to Africa more generally.