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South African Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference

Africa’s social diversity is being reshaped by the mobility of those within it. Their movements and interactions are generating novel social and political configurations that give cause to reconsider the spatial, ethical, and conceptual foundations of social and political theory. These include definitions and responses to the ‘other’; the spatial bases of political community; and how mobility and translocal connections are positioning African cities and Africans within global circulation of values and power.

 

The initiatives conducted by Chair affiliates and students are radically interdisciplinary and destabilising, in ways that provide insights in to underexplored processes with acute theoretical and practical significance. These inquires work across sub-Saharan Africa and in partnership with scholars on four continents in ways that insert creatively curated empirical insights into ongoing theoretical and policy debates around the foundations of political authority, the role of law in regulating differences, and the meaning of violence in shaping tomorrow’s communities.

Our Team
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Caitlin Blaser’s research tries to understand how local government responds to social and demographic changes.
Tendayi Achiume is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.
Kwanele Gama has a background in BA Psychology and International relations, and a BA(Hons) in International Relations.
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Silindile is a PhD candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in Migration and Displacement at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of Witwatersrand.
Francis Musoni is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches undergraduate surveys of Sub-Saharan African history as well as Upper-level seminars on Migrations Within and Out of Africa; Africa’s Borderlands; and Global Migrations.
Kuda is a Research Communications Officer and Doctoral Researcher at ACMS.
Publications
I want to go home forever
Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis
Generations of people from across Africa, Europe and Asia have turned metal from the depths of the earth into Africa’s wealthiest, most dynamic and most diverse urban centre, a mega-city where post-apartheid South Africa is being made. Yet for newcomers as well as locals, the golden possibilities of Gauteng are tinged with dangers and difficulties.
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I want to go home forever
Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis
Generations of people from across Africa, Europe and Asia have turned metal from the depths of the earth into Africa’s wealthiest, most dynamic and most diverse urban centre, a mega-city where post-apartheid South Africa is being made. Yet for newcomers as well as locals, the golden possibilities of Gauteng are tinged with dangers and difficulties.
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I want to go home forever
Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis
Generations of people from across Africa, Europe and Asia have turned metal from the depths of the earth into Africa’s wealthiest, most dynamic and most diverse urban centre, a mega-city where post-apartheid South Africa is being made. Yet for newcomers as well as locals, the golden possibilities of Gauteng are tinged with dangers and difficulties.
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I want to go home forever
Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis
Generations of people from across Africa, Europe and Asia have turned metal from the depths of the earth into Africa’s wealthiest, most dynamic and most diverse urban centre, a mega-city where post-apartheid South Africa is being made. Yet for newcomers as well as locals, the golden possibilities of Gauteng are tinged with dangers and difficulties.
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Upcoming Events
The European Refugee Crisis
Addressing The Issues
In the beginning of 2015, large numbers of refugees and migrants started arriving in Europe. The so-called “European refugee crisis” had developed slowly since 2010, but evolved into a mass movement of people, with record-numbers of refugees passing the doorstep of Europe.
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Soft Infrastructure
Recalibrating Aesthetics, Economies, And Urban Epistemologies
A city like Johannesburg offers a glimpse into how immigration, black female sexuality and shifts in urban retail economies provide important economic and cultural resources to urban residents and users.

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Migrants, City Making And The Value Creation Processes In A Multiscalar Perspective
Space And Time In Migration Scholarship
In the context of increased visibility of migratory movements, there has been a renewed interest in migration processes, practices and the challenges migration dynamics pose to the taken for granted “groups of solidarity”, and to scholarship aiming to analyse these processes.
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Internationalizing Informality
Work, Precarity And Vulnerability
The goal of the dialogue will be to develop new advocacy strategies, to bring new partners into the conversation and to provide a broader lens for understanding labour migration in the region and strategies to better protect migrant and local low skilled workers.
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South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference

African Centre for Migration & Society
School of Social Sciences

Room 2191, South East Wing, Second Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, East Campus
University of the Witwatersrand

P.O. Box 76, Wits 2050
Johannesburg
South Africa
Tel: +27 (11) 717 4033
Fax: +27 (0)86 553 3328
Email: info@migration.org.za