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Thierry Lüscher: From #RhodesMustFall to #FeesMustFall

29. Aug 2016 von 12:15 bis 13:45

In March 2015, the #RhodesMustFall student movement at the University of Cape Town started what came to be the most significant post-apartheid South African student movement, culminating in the nation-wide #FeesMustFall movement. There are various perspectives from which the new student movement can be understood. In this presentation, twelve propositions are made towards understanding the movement taking as starting points the need: to appropriately contextualise the emergence of the student movement in 2015; for a differentiated view and representative set of case studies; for an analysis of the student movement per se along with key actors involved therein; to consider the movement’s potential for ‘decolonising’ South African post-apartheid higher education, address its racialized nature, racism and whiteness, and lead to curriculum transformation and policy change at various levels; and to consider various ‘visions’ generated by the movement for the future of South African higher education and South African democracy and society more broadly. Furthermore, the presentation proposes an analysis of the student movement as a pedagogical process; a process of higher education policy making; an increasingly violent process; a governance process; a new kind of student activism in the South African context; indeed, an Internet-age networked student movement; an aesthetic process; and ultimately an (experimental) process of democratisation. The purpose of the presentation is to consider and discuss the propositions and outline the progress towards a far-reaching empirical study which will employ this framework.

Thierry Lüscher is Assistant Director in Institutional Research at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. He specialises in South African / African higher education (history, development, politics and related topics). Lüscher earned his PhD with a thesis on Student Governance in Transition: University Democratisation and Managerialismin from UCT and has been very active in student politics. In our lunch time seminar he will presentation his ideas for a new research project in this field. Info:

afriqu’à midi is a series of lunch time meetings on current topics co-organized by the Afrika-Komitee and the Centre for African Studies Basel. Please bring along your sandwich.


29. Aug 2016
12:15 bis 13:45




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