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CONFERENCE ON LAND, RACE AND NATION IN SOUTH AFRICA: A CENTURY OF DISPOSSESSION
(1913 ? 2013)

VENUE: CENTRE FOR AFRICAN STUDIES GALLERY
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

DATE: 19 ? 21 June 2013

Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913, the South African Native found himself, not actually a slave, but a pariah in the land of his birth. Sol Plaatje (Native Life in South Africa, 1916)

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Farm workers and dwellers in South Africa: lessons from recent developments in the Western Cape

This research project arises out of identified common interest between the Surplus People Project (SPP) and researchers and students in the Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The aim of the project is to look at the conditions of farm workers and dwellers with specific reference to recent developments in the Western Cape which were sparked by the historic strikes at the end of 2012. SPP was established in 1985 and registered as a Section 21 Not for Profit entity in 1995. Its aim is to facilitate pro-poor agrarian transformation and food sovereignty and support and promote the implementation of agro-ecology as alternative to the dominant forms of production. SPP’s vision is to be a multi-skilled, efficient, radical and committed organization, instrumental in transforming the rural countryside through building and support social movements in their struggles for agrarian transformation and food sovereignty.

Download the complete Proposal for Research on Farmworkers and Farmdwellers here.


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In South Africa, issues of land and governance, although currently marginalised, are at the heart of the political and development debate, and need urgent attention. The Land Reform and Democracy in SA: State and Civil Society Dynamics Research Chair puts the spotlight on the land question and seeks to deepen debate around democracy, equity and agency. The Chair supports a vibrant research programme with opportunities for students at Masters, PhD and post-doc level. Students are recruited primarily (but not exclusively) from historically disadvantaged and marginalized black communities and funding is available.

The Research Chair is located within the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town and is funded by the South African Research Chairs Initiative – a Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) project designed to make South Africa competitive in the international knowledge economy by expanding the scientific research base in the country and building on its existing and potential strengths.

Officially inaugurated on 1 January 2008, the Chair is held by Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, who is full professor in the Department of Sociology.

The Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa Chair is classified as a Tier 1 level chair. Tier 1 chairs are given to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.

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