“How can history – especially histories of earlier
struggles – be used as tools by community organizers and social movement
“What are some ways in which community and social
movement activists are engaging in intergenerational learning?”
History’s Schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities
Hosted by the Theology and Development Programme and the
Public Theology Book and Film Club at UKZN Pietermaritzburg
Speakers: Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally
Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018
Venue: Room 107, New Arts Building, Golf Road campus,
RSVP: Dr CC Le Bruyns
The learning and knowledge production that occurs within
progressive movements for change is often overlooked.
Yet many powerful insights and ideas about social change
have been produced by people as they struggle for a better world.
Some organisers, educators and activists engage with, and
invoke earlier, albeit contested, histories of struggles to help think through
strategies, analyse problems, tensions and possibilities.
Drawing from their new
book History’s Schools: Past Struggles and Present
Realities, the speakers at this roundtable discussion explore the place of
historical knowledge in contemporary activism, the ways that activists and
social movements strive to document their experiences, and how they critically
engage with and educate from history.
Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research
Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in the Department of
Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, and Visiting Professor at
the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg.
He has been involved in a range of social, political and environmental justice
movements and organizations. He is author of Learning activism:
The intellectual life of contemporary social movements,
editor of Activists and the surveillance state: Learning from repression, and
co-editor of History’s Schools: Past struggles and present realities, among
Salim Vally is Professor and Director of the Centre for
Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of
Johannesburg, and Visiting Professor at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU),
South Africa. He is co- editor of Education, Economy and Society (2014: UNISA
Press), and co-editor of History’s Schools: Past struggles and present
realities (UKZN Press, 2018). Vally worked as an education official in the
trade union movement in South Africa for ten years before joining academia.
RSVP: Dr CC Le Bruyns