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Sharad Chari: “Apartheid Remains”
October 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Humanities 1, Room 210
“Apartheid Remains” explores how people subjected to life in a patchwork landscape of industry and residence in the Indian Ocean City of Durban, South Africa, have sought to contest their social and spatial subjection across the 20th century, particularly in the revolutionary 1970s and 1980s, and in today’s racial capitalism.
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Sharad Chari is a geographer working at the interface of political economy, historical ethnography, Marxist geography, agrarian studies, Black and subaltern radical traditions and oceanic studies. He has spent time at the Michigan Society of Fellows and the ‘Anthrohistory’ program at Michigan, Geography at the LSE, and Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, before returning to Berkeley Geography. Sharad is a scholar of agrarian transition and industrialization in South India (his first book, Fraternal Capital, 2004) and has been working on South Africa since 2002 (on the book project Apartheid Remains which he is speaking from.) He has also begun new work on an oceanic conception of capitalism, in relation to the fetishism of ‘the Ocean Economy’ in the Southern African Indian Ocean region, focusing on the South African and Mozambican Indian Ocean littorals, Réunion and Mauritius. At Berkeley, he is also part of Berkeley Black Geographies and the Submergent Archive, both collective projects in Geography Department, and at WiSER he is part of the project on the Oceanic Humanities in the Global South.
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.
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