When the state fails us: how can we hold the corrupt to account?

22 May 2018

Report back & podcast launch In February this year, the 1st People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa took place. This brought together 10 [read more]

Does Marxism have a place in radical politics today?

30 Apr 2018

Seminars and panel discussions marking the bi-centennial anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx and examining the relevance of his ideas today. From the Economic [read more]

Marxism & contemporary struggles in Africa

26 Apr 2018

Seminars and panel discussions marking the bi-centennial anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx and examining the relevance of his ideas today. The 21st century [read more]

Listeriosis: How the capitalist food system kills us

12 Apr 2018

The listerioisis outbreak and the death of 189 people places in sharp focus the urgency of a campaign for a food production system that enables [read more]

Driving change through creativity: a workshop on the arts and activism

23 Mar 2018 – 24 Mar 2018

Are you an activist interested in creative ways to think about resistance, change, and imagining a different world? Are you an artist interested in collaborating [read more]

Government’s fee-free higher education policy: An answer to student demands?

03 Mar 2018

In December 2017, Jacob Zuma announced a fee-free higher education policy for South Africa. At its 54th national conference, the ANC endorsed the proposal. While [read more]

The climate crisis and democratic eco-socialist alternatives

01 Mar 2018

These days the planet frequently experiences prolonged droughts, heavy storms, intense tornadoes, devastating floods and deadly heat waves. Melting ice caps are leading to rising [read more]

A Pop-Up Cinema Event: The Giant is Falling

22 Feb 2018

In light of the recent tumultuous events in South Africa, and due to popular demand, we are reshowing Rehad Desai‘s The Giant is Falling: After 24 years [read more]

A Pop-Up Cinema Event: The Giant is Falling

30 Nov 2017

In our Pop-Up Cinema Event, the films and locations are never the same. What remains constant is our passion for film and our desire to [read more]

Dying to travel: state capture and the destruction of our railways

04 Nov 2017

Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education and #Unitebehind hosted an educational workshop on Saturday 4th November 2017 for Metrorail commuters to share their testimonies of Cape [read more]

A Pop-Up Cinema Event: Taking HAART

26 Oct 2017

In our Pop-Up Cinema Event, the films and locations are never the same. What remains constant is our passion for film and our desire to [read more]

Radical Thinkers’ Series: C.L.R. James

09 Oct 2017 – 12 Oct 2017

The year 2018 will mark 80 years since the publication of C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. This seminal [read more]

Reflecting on the struggle for free education

05 Oct 2017 – 06 Oct 2017

On 6th October 2015, student and worker mobilization across South Africa erupted in a national day of action. Two years later we reflect on what [read more]

Eskom’s capture: Implications for ordinary people

03 Oct 2017

In October, parliament begins its inquiry into Eskom and other state-owned enterprises. As it summons witnesses to give evidence, further details will come to light [read more]

Russian Revolution Series: Colloquium for history teachers on approaches to teaching the Russian Revolution

29 Sep 2017

A colloquium for history teachers on approaches to teaching the Russian Revolution. This colloquium aims to examine the teaching of history and pool resources for [read more]

Dying to forget: History, memory and the intergenerational transfer of trauma in South Africa –  Jacob Dlamini 

30 Aug 2017

Why do individuals who did not experience apartheid personally claim to suffer from trauma as a result of apartheid? How do we make sense of [read more]

Dying for a home in the city

28 Aug 2017

During a protest in Town 2 Khayelitsha last month, a car pulled up next to Mthunzi ‘Ras’ Zuma. The driver asked Ras to identify himself, [read more]

A Pop-Up Cinema Event: This Land

24 Aug 2017

In our Pop-Up Cinema Event, the films and locations are never the same. What remains constant is our passion for film and our desire to [read more]

Constitutionalism or Decolonisation: Legal Education Today

19 Aug 2017 – 20 Aug 2017

In response to the nationwide student movement for decolonisation and the need to question of western systems of knowledge and symbolic orders, Tshisimani offers a [read more]

Eddie Webster: The Unresolved National Question in South Africa – Left Thought Under Apartheid

18 Aug 2017

Earlier this year, Edward Webster and Karin Pampallis launched an edited book on why the goal of a united nation living prosperously under a constitutional [read more]

Nationalism: Lessons from India

10 Aug 2017

The on-going calls for ‘radical economic transformation’ as well as arguments about how the lack of ‘economic freedom’ undermines political independence, sharply raise questions about [read more]

Women, film and post-apartheid South Africa

04 Aug 2017 – 05 Aug 2017

Women,  film and post-apartheid SA The post-apartheid film space has opened up the possibility of varied and inclusive depictions of a broad range of female [read more]

A Pop-Up Cinema Event: The Invisible War

27 Jul 2017

In our Pop-Up Cinema Event, the films and locations are never the same. What remains constant is our passion for film and our desire to [read more]

Moeletsi Mbeki: Race, class and the making of modern South Africa

12 Jul 2017

Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education will host a lecture by Moeletsi Mbeki titled, “Race, class and the making of modern South Africa”. Wednesday, 12 July [read more]

Sindiwe Magona: Black Women in Cape Town

05 Jul 2017

In honouring what Toni Cade Bambara called ‘radical cultural work’ and in continuing the important reflections of African women in literature, Tshisimani will be in [read more]

Race and the making of the global capitalist order

25 Jun 2017

Confirmation of Robin D.G. Kelley lecture for Sunday 25 June at Tshisimani Centre Rapidly increasing global inequality is the key political challenge of our times. [read more]

Jazz and the Politics of Co-creation – Conversations with Robin D.G Kelley

23 Jun 2017

As part of its Cold War efforts, the US government promoted jazz as “America’s best gift to the world”. In his book Africa Speaks, America [read more]

The politics of international solidarity – the case of Palestine

02 Jun 2017 – 03 Jun 2017

A short course on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict While growing regional inequalities, the overreaching power of corporates as well as globalisation of wars point [read more]

Film screening: Jai Bhim Comrade

25 May 2017 – 25 May 2017

For thousands of years India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables,” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won [read more]

Remembering the voice, writings and riots of Miriam Tlali

11 May 2017

Miriam Tlali wrote ‘the black South African writer writes because there is so much around him or her that hurts and needs to be expressed [read more]

Lecture 2: Biko’s Fanonian critique of “integration”

25 Mar 2017

Drawing on Biko’s critique of white liberalism and notions of integration, Nigel C. Gibson will present a lecture on Stephen Bantu Biko’s conception of race, [read more]

Lecture 1: Race and the stubbornness of racism

23 Mar 2017

Approaches to race and racism have divided political movements and organisations in the past and continue to do so in the present. More than 20 [read more]

Module 1: Ideas Matter – Social Theories and Social Change

22 Mar 2017 – 27 Mar 2017

This module will explore how the complexity of today’s world requires ideas for change. With a focus on ideas that enjoy currency amongst activists today, [read more]

SA’s withdrawal from the ICC: protecting national independence or abandoning universalism?

10 Mar 2017 – 11 Mar 2017

The High Court in Pretoria ruled on February 22nd that South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional, not in [read more]

A Social Security Framework that Tackles Poverty and Inequality?

17 Feb 2017

The administration and distribution of social grants has been in the news recently for reasons ranging from fraudulent deductions to controversies surrounding the Cash Paymaster [read more]

Emancipatory Ideas and Experiences – Foundation course

13 Feb 2017

Call for Applications Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education invites applications for its first offering of a Foundation Course on Emancipatory Ideas and Experiences.  This course explores [read more]

Free Fall: Why South African Universities are in the Race against Time

03 Feb 2017

The student movement born out of the 2015 Rhodes Must Fall / Fees Must Fall moment has received widespread attention, support, analysis and critique, and [read more]

Jan Theron’s Solidarity Road: The story of a trade union in the ending of apartheid

08 Dec 2016

Tshisimani and Jacana Media invite you to a launch of Jan Theron’s Solidarity Road: The Story of a trade in the ending of apartheid. The [read more]

Gentrification, Displacement & Dispossession in Cape Town

07 Oct 2016

From Maboneng in Johannesburg to Woodstock and Salt River in Cape Town, cases of the poor being pushed out to the fringes of cities is [read more]

Colonialism, its Legacy & the Project of Decolonisation

01 Oct 2016

Speakers: Shamil Jeppie, Zandisiwe Radebe and Vishwas Satgar. A workshop that explores the complexities of colonial rule and its aftermath. What were the main drivers [read more]

A panel discussion: Can the ANC renew itself?

14 Sep 2016

A panel discussion: With the decline in support for the ANC reflected in the local government election results and with scandals erupting at different levels of the [read more]

Hunger in South Africa: A Silent Crisis

26 Aug 2016

According to the Oxfam Report (2014) – Hidden Hunger in South Africa – one in four people currently suffers from hunger on a regular basis [read more]

‘State Capture’, Democracy and Accountability in South Africa

25 Aug 2016

State capture – the attempt to gain control of key institutions of government by powerful interests – has taken centre stage in national debate in recent months. Allegations of unsavoury links between elements [read more]

Narratives, Creativity & Acts of Resistance

12 Aug 2016

Feminists, intellectuals, activists, unionists and performers gather this to explore the intersections of creative practice, activism and radical black feminisms through two days of book [read more]

Injustice Masked as Convenience? Uber, the “Sharing Economy” and the Changing Nature of Work

29 Jul 2016

Uber markets itself as a quick, safe and convenient transport mechanism that keeps cities and people on the move. In this seminar with Ayabonga Cawe, [read more]

Considerations on Southern Marxism: Fanon and Beyond

22 Jul 2016

Public Lecture: In his lecture Michael Burawoy will look at how concerns of radical movements in the global South have over the years contributed to [read more]

Writing the Decline, On the Struggle for South Africa’s Democracy

30 Jul 2016

The launch will take the form of a presentation on key themes of the book by the author Richard Pithouse Richard Pithouse, an activist intellectual [read more]

The Political Economy of the Post-Apartheid State

14 Jul 2016

What effects have the integration of the Apartheid era ‘homelands’ in the context of South Africa’s Constitution, and the move toward managerialism within the public [read more]

Pan Africanism & Fanon – Contemporary Resonances

01 Apr 2016

Dr Vashna Jagernath and Dr Richard Pithouse from 29 March – 01 April 2016, present a series of seminars aimed at critically engaging the works of [read more]