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8:45 - Plenary 3 Parliament, laws and accountability 1h30 min

Welcome by Dean of Humanities Prof Pamela Maseko (Nelson Mandela University)

Public Procurement: Delayed Reform, Deteriorating Accountability and Integrity

Zukiswa Kota (Rhodes University, South Africa)

The Soul of South Africa’s Legislatures: A Site of Struggle – Or Not
Samantha Waterhouse (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

Political Alchemy of Rejuvenating Democratic Ethos: Lessons from the Indian Farmers’ Movement of 2020-21 as an Antidote to Majoritarian Aggressive Nationalism
Abhigyan Guha (Jadavpur University, India)

Moderator: Giovanni Poggi (Nelson Mandela University)


11:00 Symposium 2 – Policies and Party Politics in South Africa and Ethiopia

by the Department of History and Political Studies 1h30 min

Moderator: Ongama Mtimka (Nelson Mandela University)

The Nexus between Conflict Management and Coalition Politics in Three Selected Metropolitan Municipalities in South Africa
Ntsikelelo Benjamin Breakfast (Nelson Mandela University)

Party politics in Ethiopia: Coalition and Fragmentation in Opposition Parties since 2005
Solomon Tefera (Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia)

Citizenship/Mwananchism from Below: Constructing Citizenship in Uganda

Ivan Mugulusi (St Louis University, USA)

Social Security Provision for Lone Mothers in South Africa: Independence, Dependency and Dignity
Phakama Ntshongwana (Nelson Mandela University)


13:00 Panel 1 - African politics and Black political thought 1h30 min

The role of music as an aid to the struggle in South African politics
Phakamani Pungu-Pungu (Nelson Mandela University)

Pathologizing Black Politics: An Analysis of the Representation of the Economic Freedom Fighters and Black Nationalism in the Media
Phumlani Majavu (University of South Africa)

The Contemporary Condition of Blackness in the Body of a Nation: An Insight to Subaltern bodies in a Democratic South Africa.
Ayanda Kubayi (Independent)

The politics of ‘fighting corruption’ in Africa: The example of South Africa and Nigeria
Aghogho Akpome (University of Zululand)

Moderator: Judy-Marié van Noordwyk (Nelson Mandela University)


13:00 Panel 2 (parallel) - Racial dynamics of inclusion/exclusion 1h30 min

Decolonising hiring practices at South African universities
Mandisi Majavu (Rhodes University)

Towards the Destruction of Whiteness (As Condition for the Possibility of Reconciliation in South Africa)
Paulette Coetzee (Nelson Mandela University)

Degrees of Higher Education Precariousness for Unregistered Students: Displacements, Exploitations and Forced Labour
Pedro Mzileni (Nelson Mandela University)

Moderator: Zukiswa Kota (Rhodes University) 


15:00 Panel 3 - Higher Education and social justice 1h30 min

The State of the South African State’s Education System
Iviwe Mtubu (University of Cape Town)

Teaching transnational literacies for antiracist solidarities via virtual exchanges between learners in Cape Town, Fortaleza and Champaign/Chicago

Ken Salo (University of Illinois, USA), Ricardo Nasciemento (UNILAB, Brazil), Greg Ruiters (University of Western Cape)

Campus disability activism and advocacy for students with disabilities at South African universities
Desire Chiwandire (Nelson Mandela University)

Moderator: Olutobi Akingbade (Nelson Mandela University)


15:00 Panel 4 (parallel) - Decolonising and Africanising Democracy 1h30 min

Decolonising and re-theorising the meaning of democracy: A South African perspective

Heidi Brooks (University of Johannesburg), Hlengiwe Ndlovu (Nelson Mandela University), Trevor Ngwane (University of Johannesburg), Carin Runciman (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Reflections on Claude Ake and Democracy, and Engaging the idea of Civil Society

Buntu Sixaba (University of Cape Town)

Political Journeys in Consciousness At a Time Of Local and Global Tipping Points: The Possibility Of Doing Democracy Differently
Jean Mathews Wildervanck (Nelson Mandela University)

Moderator: Olivia Loots (Nelson Mandela University)


17:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - 1hr 15 min

Democracy and the city

Karin van Marle (University of the Free State)

Moderator: Sivuyisiwe Wonci (Nelson Mandela University)