The Centre for Civil Society cordially invites you to the seminar:

BRICS from above, the middle and below: which directions for alliances and conflicts?

Speakers: China Ngubane and Patrick Bond 
Date: Friday, 16 May 2014
Time: 12h30 – 14h00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Topic: From below, Durban-area civil society groups have occasionally focused on global/regional linkages since the end of apartheid, including the World Conference Against Racism, AIDS medicines, solidarity with Zimbabweans, xenophobia, the UN Climate Summit, the South Durban port-petrochemical complex and, in 2013, the BRICS summit. In one of Africa’s most globalised cities (and a projected increase from 2.5 to 20 million ship containers per year by 2040), with the continent’s largest convention centre, these linkages will continue. What is the capacity of local civil society and allies in Durban and South Africa, to think locally and globally, and act across scales, too?

Speakers: China Ngubane and Patrick Bond recently attended meetings on BRICS and civil society strategy in Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro. Both have worked on solidaristic internationalism, in areas ranging from anti-xenophobia to Zimbabwean democracy to Africa-wide and global-scale political economy and political ecology.

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