Mzala Nxumalo hosts inaugural conference on the Future of the Left

Mzala Nxumalo hosts inaugural conference on the Future of the Left

The Mzala Nxumalo Centre for the Study of South African society hosted a conference on the Future of the Left in Durban from the 8th to the 10th of June 2017. The main purpose of the conference was to consider the state of the political Left and to discuss ways of strengthening it. While the conference examined the global context, focus was on South Africa. The conference interrogated this question in the context of imperialism and ‘fluid’ capital that morphs and reshapes and results in an unequal world.

The sub – themes addressed by speakers included aspects of capitalism in the neoliberal era, responses to neoliberalism by Right wing populisms and the role of the Left. The challenges of social and economic development in South African were also put under the lens. A book publication will emerge from the proceedings.

The conference brought together a diversity of opinions and scholarly traditions. Speakers included Dr. John Pampallis founder of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Colllege and accomplished educationist, scholar – activist Gunnett Kaff, academic Richard Pithouse, Tshisimani - Centre for Activist Education Dinga Siktwebu, Abahlali base Mjondolo’s Sbu Zikode, activist Busisiwe Seabe.  Conference participants discussed numerous themes including but not limited to service delivery protests the role of emergent African socialist feminism. The conference also included the Durban launch of The Unresolved National Question: Left Thought under Apartheid edited by Edward Webster and Karin Pampallis - Wits University Press.

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