Apartheid Remains: Book Launch by Sharad Chari

Apartheid Remains Book Launch by Sharad Chari

Apartheid Remains: Book Launch by Sharad Chari

Commentary Provided by Prof. Jasbir Puar

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Girvetz Hall 2320

IN-PERSON, Light Dinner Served

Sharad Chari will share insights from his new book, Apartheid Remains, published by Duke University Press in May 2024. Through long-term historical and ethnographic research, this book explores how people handle the remains of segregation and apartheid in South Africa as witnessed through portals in an industrial-residential landscape in the Indian Ocean city of Durban. Part I, ‘Racial Palimpsest,’ shows how South Africa’s twentieth-century conserves the remains of multiple pasts in Durban, including attempts by the racial state to remake territory and personhood while instead deepening spatial contradictions and struggles. Part II, ‘Remains of Revolution,’ shows how these struggles took specific shape as they coursed through the late apartheid city.

Sharad Chari is Associate Professor of Geography and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley, and has held appointments at Michigan, LSE, and the University of the Witwatersrand. Sharad is the author of Gramsci at Sea (Minnesota, 2023) and Fraternal Capital (Stanford, 2004). He is currently working on a book on the critique of sexuality at apartheid’s end and also on the fetishism of the ‘ocean economy’ at the confluence of the Black Atlantic and the Southern Indian Ocean.

Jasbir K. Puar is a Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning books The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017) and Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007), re-issued as an expanded version for its 10th anniversary (2017). Her articles have been published in journals such as Social Text and South Atlantic Quarterly, mainstream venues such as Al-Jazeera and The Guardian.

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