08 Dec A Workshop for Movements and Activist-Scholars
On 26-27 November, the Review of African Political Economy, with SWOP and the Centre for Social Change, held the third and final ROAPE workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. More than fifty activists and researchers gathered to discuss ‘resistance and transformation in Africa.’ We spoke on youth and social movements, revolutionary change on the continent, trade unions and the working class, rural and land struggles, the alternatives to capitalism, the future of the left in Africa and the role of ROAPE. Participants came from across the continent, including Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
The Johannesburg workshop completed the series of three, interconnected gatherings on the continent, bringing together activists, socialists and researchers, to debate question vital to radical political economy. Together with Third World Network, in Accra, Ghana, in November 2017, we looked at structural transformation, industrialisation and the legacy of the Russian revolution (see our archive of blogs and videos). In April 2018, ROAPE joined forces with the Nyerere Resource Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the second workshop on protest, imperialism and revolution (see here for blogposts and interviews from Dar).
The aim of the three workshops was to renew the project of radical political economy on the continent, draw together activists and researchers, and chart an agenda for an alternative to neoliberalism and capitalism in Africa.
In the coming weeks (and months) we will be continuing the debates and discussion from the workshops, and publishing blogposts and video footage of each session of the workshop in Johannesburg, as well as short interviews with participants. We intend to continue the animated and passionate conversation started at the workshops in Accra, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg on where we go from here.
To view the programme from the Johannesburg workshop please click here.