Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Guest seminar: Marikana Narratives and South African Political Economy

26 October 2012 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Seminar

Conference Auditorium 2

The Global Development research group have organised a series of seminars with guest speakers for 2012'13.

The series is titled: 'Global Crisis and the Developing World'

The seminars are open to staff and students from across the University – all are welcome.

We are pleased to welcome Prof. Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa) who will be presenting on 'Marikana Narratives and South African Political Economy.'

Patrick Bond is a political economist and senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Development Studies in Durban, where he directs the Centre for Civil Society.

Working closely with activist/advocacy organizations – which he argues often produce vital systemic knowledge through structural conflict – Patrick’s research addresses political ecology (especially climate, energy and water), economic crisis, social mobilization, public policy and geopolitics.

Amongst his authored, edited and coedited books are: Politics of Climate Justice (2012); Durban’s Climate Gamble (2011); Zuma’s Own Goal (2010); Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society (2009); The Accumulation of Capital in Southern Africa (2007); Looting Africa (2006); Talk Left, Walk Right (2006); Fanon’s Warning (2005); Elite Transition (2005); Zimbabwe’s Plunge (2003); Against Global Apartheid (2003); Unsustainable South Africa (2002); Cities of Gold, Townships of Coal (2000); and Uneven Zimbabwe (1998).

In service to the new South African government from 1994-2002, Patrick authored/edited more than a dozen policy papers, including the Reconstruction and Development Programme and RDP White Paper. He has lectured at more than 70 universities across the world, with formal academic affiliations in the US, Canada, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Korea, Japan and South Africa.

Patrick earned his doctorate in economic geography under the supervision of David Harvey at Johns Hopkins in 1993, after studying finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, classical guitar at the Peabody Conservatory and economics at Swarthmore College, and working as a Federal Reserve Bank examiner in Philadelphia and journalist/researcher in Washington.

His most profound education, though, was promoting sanctions in the US student anti-apartheid movement. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1961 and has lived since 1990 in South Africa – initially working in NGOs and then Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Manaegement – and since 2004 in Durban, where he has two children and is unsuccessfully learning to surf.

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Conference Auditorium 2

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