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The “Planned Violence IV: Comparative Infrastructures, South and North”, University of Oxford programme is now available

The programme for the fourth Planned Violence Workshop, “Comparative Infrastructures, South and North”, which will take place at the University of Oxford on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015 can now be viewed here and…

Registration for “Planned Violence IV: Comparative Infrastructures, South and North”, University of Oxford, 24 & 25 September 2015, is now open!

  Registration for the fourth Planned Violence Workshop, “Comparative Infrastructures, South and North”, which will take place at the University of Oxford on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015, is now open! £35 for…

Phaswane Mpe, Welcome to our Hillbrow (2001)

Phaswane Mpe, Welcome to Our Hillbrow

Refilwe was to observe, in Oxford, that people there talked about Africans and South Africans. These Oxfordians who talked so distinctly about Africa and South Africa were themselves a hybrid of native Oxfordians and those who had acquired citizenship by other means. All those we called by the term Oxfordian, without distinguishing whether they were, indeed, born Oxfordians, or English, or something else. It was no different to the way we generalised about Hillbrowans without venturing to clarify what we meant. […] She learnt that to come from South Africa and to come from Africa were not the same thing at all in the estimation of numerous Oxfordians. She also learnt that when people talked about South Africa, they meant Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Continue reading