Overview: Today’s generation of activists often hold up the anti-apartheid movement in the UK as an ideal example of how solidarity should function. It was organised and coordinated with direct reference to the ANC, with a clear view of the strategic role of the movement in the UK focused on UK institutional complicity with apartheid. However, the movement was often fraught with difficult questions about how best to support South African freedom fighters as well as internal struggles over issues of voice and representation.
Social movements, and particularly when solidarity is evoked, are spaces where questions of identity and representation come to the fore. Social movements are vehicles for marginalised voices, however, they can also be tools through which existing hierarchies can also be invoked for the sake of “unity” and “the cause”. This session will explore these dynamics, with a specific focus on how issues of nationality, race, gender, and class were negotiated in movement politics.
This event is open to the public but booking preference will go to students who register with university email and show ID at event.
Click here to find out more and register.