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Apartheid Remains / Ruins of Revolution

Sharad Chari
UC Berkeley
Date and Time: 
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 15:30

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


This talk dwells on the remains of a century of racial capitalism and struggle in 'Indian' and 'Coloured' neighborhoods in the shadows of oil refineries in South Durban, South Africa. After conveying a sense of the racial palimpsest that is 20th and early 21st century Durban, Dr. Chari will focus on four spatiotemporal 'moments' in South Africa's revolution against apartheid, from the early 1970s through the 1980s. He argues that these divergent spatiotemporal moments, as they work through the profane world of South Durban, speak to its differential outcomes in the curious time after apartheid, as well as to the ruination of the concept 'revolution' itself.


Sharad Chari is at Berkeley Geography, affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he recently was in Anthropology and at the interdisciplinary Centre for Indian Studies in Africa. Sharad is completing a book called Apartheid Remains, based on research since 2002, when he was a postdoc at Michigan Anthrohistory. He is interested in how we might yet stretch the anthrohistorian's praxis to spatial matters, and in the process rethink geo-graphy as a form of writing.