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Politics of Shit in the South African Postcolony: Sanitation Activism and Insurgent Citizenship in Cape Town with Steven Robins

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-205, New York, NY 10011

The politics and poetics of infrastructure has become an important issue in anthropology and cognate disciplines. This talk examines how social movement activists in Cape Town, South Africa have sought to render politically legible the infrastructural inequalities within the post-apartheid city. The paper shows how these sanitation activists have contributed towards turning “shit matters”, which are typically shrouded in silence, shame, taboo and avoidance, into matters of public concern.

Steven Robins is a professor of anthropology at Stellenbosch University. 

Moderated by assistant professor of International Affairs Antina von Schnitzler

This event is sponsored by Graduate Program in International Affairs and is part of the Africa at The New School Series



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