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6:00 pm A New Social Contract: Guaranteeing Dignity in a Precarious Economy
A New Social Contract: Guaranteeing Dignity in a Precarious Economy
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm
The United States is one of the wealthiest countries the world has seen, yet we live in extreme inequality and insecurity. From day laborers and factory workers to freelancers and academics, precarity is the new normal. Jobs, wages, health care, pensions: nothing is assured. Yet there is nothing inevitable about this precarity: it is the result of policy choices, and we, as a country can choose a new future. Many scholars and activists are sharing new visions for a more just, equitable society. Join us for a conversation exploring the pros and cons of a universal basic income, baby bonds, reverse income taxes, and other bold ideas to rewire our inequitable economy. Featuring: Alyssa Battistoni, Editor at Jacobin and PhD[...]
6:00 pm Politics of Shit in the South African Postcolony: Sanitation Activism and Insurgent Citizenship in Cape Town with Steven Robins
Politics of Shit in the South African Postcolony: Sanitation Activism and Insurgent Citizenship in Cape Town with Steven Robins
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 6 @ 7:45 pm
The politics and poetics of infrastructure has become an important issue in anthropology and cognate disciplines. This talk examines how social movement activists in Cape Town, South Africa have sought to render politically legible the infrastructural inequalities within the post-apartheid city. The paper shows how these sanitation activists have contributed towards turning “shit matters”, which are typically shrouded in silence, shame, taboo and avoidance, into matters of public concern. Steven Robins is a professor of anthropology at Stellenbosch University. Moderated by assistant professor of International Affairs Antina von Schnitzler. This event is sponsored by Graduate Program in International Affairs and is part of the Africa at The New School Series