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Centre of African Studies

South Africa @ 20

South Africa @ 20
Lanre Akinola, Onyekachi Wambu, Tom Lodge, Lord Paul Boateng, Chris Trott, Siphamandla Goge, Beverly Naidoo, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, Sello Thornton, John Sender, Janet Love, Deborah Johnston, Richard Meeran, Hein Marais, Andrew Feinstein, Lindiwe Dovey

Date: 15 March 2014Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 15 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Conference

Series: Centre of African Studies Conferences

A one day interdisciplinary conference to celebrate and debate 20 years of democracy in South Africa, bringing together leading experts to discuss Political Economy and Governance, South African Foreign Policy, Contemporary Society and Arts and Culture.

Conference Programme

  • 9.00 - 9.30 - Registration
  • 9.30- 9.35 - Introduction from Sandy Balfour (Canon Collins)
  • 9.35 - 10.15 - Keynote speech - 'On the SA Constitution' from Janet Love (SA Human Rights Commission)
Panel 1 – Governance and Political Economy
10.15 - 11.45 - Title: 'Still Spinning its Wheels? Political economy and governance after 20 years of democracy in South Africa’

Chair: Deborah Johnston (SOAS)

  • John Sender (SOAS)
  • Hein Marais (Writer & Political Analyst)
  • Richard Meeran (Leigh Day & Co)
  • Andrew Feinstein (Writer / Campaigner)
Panel 2 – Foreign Policy and International Relations
11.45 - 1.00 Title: 'South Africa in Africa' (TBC)

Chair: Lanre Akinola (FT/This is Africa)

  • Onyekachi Wambu (AFFORD)
  • Chris Trott (British Consul General in Cape Town)
  • Tom Lodge (Limerick)
  • Lord Paul Boateng

1.00 - 1.45 - Lunch in G3 (adjacent room)

Panel 3– Contemporary Society
1.45 -3.00 - Title: 'Living in South Africa Today' (TBC)

Chair: Jo Beall (British Council)

  • Siphamandla Goge (SABC & Canon Collins)
  • Beverley Naidoo (Author)
  • Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock (LSE)
  • Sello Thornton (Kudu Marketing)

3.00 - 3.30 - Tea and Coffee Break

Panel 4 – Arts and Culture
3.30 - 4.45 Title: 'Imagining the New South Africa'

Chair: Dr Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS)

  • Nadia Davids (Queen Mary)
  • Khulekani Zondi (Filmmaker / Cinematographer)
  • Wendy Willems (LSE)
  • Leeto Thale (Poet & Writer)
4.45 - 7 - Drinks reception with South African music and poetry from Leeto Thale, in G3 (adjacent room)

The event is free and open to all. To register please email cas@soas.ac.uk

Organiser: The Centre of African Studies, University of London and Canon Collins Trust.

Contact email: cas@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 0207 898 4370