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Postcards to the future: Struggles against anticipatory harm

Strand Building, , London

20 Jun Image of Professor Shirin Rai text: Postcards to the future, Public Lecture by Professor Shirin Rai, SOAS, Tuesday, 20 June 2023, 10.00-18.30 BST

Public Lecture sponsored by the King’s College Summer Residence on Equality, Law and Social Justice. Refreshments will be offered after the lecture.

Lecture title: Postcards to the future: Struggles against anticipatory harm

Speaker: Professor Shirin Rai is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London. She is currently working on a book Depletion: The costs of care and the struggles to reverse it.

Abstract: In this paper I explore the idea of depletion through social reproduction and anticipatory harm through examining the campaign of a community to protect its everyday way of life – the story of communities of the Xolobeni region in the Wild Coast region of South Africa, whose world is now threatened by mining. I explore how the threat to the environment of a community produces anxiety that is depleting, and how the community pushes back against this threat through law, social movement and individual engagement to generate a politics that aims to prevent, mitigate, replenish and transform social relations on the ground through imaginaries that are grounded in their histories and the current politics of South Africa.

Postcard with an image of Xolobeni woman in South Africa standing in a grass field

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