Dr. Franziska Rüedi im "South African Historical Journal Seminar"


Am 24. März spricht Dr. Franziska Rüedi im South African Historical Journal Seminar im Rahmen der Vernstaltungsreihe "Coffee House Conversations: Historians on the Current Moment" über die sozialen Unruhen, die Südafrika im Juli 2021 erschüttert haben.

Donnerstag, 24.03.2022, 12:30 - 13:30 (MEZ), 13:30 - 14:30 (südafrikanische Zeit)

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“Coffee House Conversations: Historians on the Current Moment”

Drs Julian Brown, Timothy Gibbs, Thina Nzo and Franziska Rueedi will be in conversation with Prof Brij Maharaj.


  Thursday 24 March 2022   1:30-2:30 pm, South African time


Widespread civil unrest erupted in South Africa, in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, between 9 and 18 July 2021, following the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma on contempt of court charges. The conflict involved public violence, arson and looting. These acts were initially described as ‘protests’ by Zuma supporters, but can be understood in the larger context of desperately high unemployment and inequality, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the army was called in to quell the violence and plundering. Perhaps R10 billion was lost in theft and property destroyed. It is estimated that 342 people were killed during the crisis. The South African Historical Journal put together a panel to gain a deeper perspective on these events in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng – exploring them from an historical perspective.




Prof Julian Brown is an Associate Professor in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His new book is Marikana: A People’s History (James Currey and Jacana, 2022).


Dr Timothy Gibbs has a DPhil from Oxford in Modern History and is a lecturer in African History at University College London. His Mandela's Kinsmen: nationalist elites and apartheid's first Bantustan (Woodbridge: James Currey, 2014) explored ethnic identities and elite nationalism in a period of protest and era of revolution in southern Africa. He is close to completing a book on the tsunami of popular support that brought Jacob Zuma to power


Dr Thina Nzo holds a PhD in African Studies (University of Edinburgh) and a Masters in Local Government Studies (University of Birmingham). Thina uses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of politics and policy,  buttressed by her interest in employing qualitative research and organisational ethnography to study local government bureaucracies.  Her recent publications include  ‘Whose Power Is It Anyway? Local Government and the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Emthanjeni Local Municipality in the Northern Cape Province’.  PARI Local Government Report. Public Affairs Research Institute, 2021 and  ‘ANC Provincial-Regional Politics in the Northern Cape: Corruption or Everyday Informal Practices’. Commonwealth Journal of Local Government, 4 (2), 2016.


Dr Franziska Rueedi has a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford. She currently works as a senior lecturer at the University of Zürich. She works on the histories of rumour, violence, popular protest and transnational solidarity. Her recent work includes The Vaal Uprising of 1984 & the Struggle for Freedom in South Africa (James Currey, 2021).

 Chair: Prof Brij Maharaj is a senior professor of geography at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He is a civic activist from the anti-apartheid era, and actively promotes and advocates for a revived civil society in democratic South Africa. He is a regular media commentator on topical issues as part of his commitment to public intellectualism - and recently authored 'The Apartheid City'. In Massey & Gunter (eds), Urban Geography in South Africa. Springer 2020.


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