asclStephen Ellis Annual Lecture:

Lecture by Jonathan Jansen: The unmasking of South African politics and education in the wake of COVID-19
26 nov 2020 | 18-20 hrs | online event

It was Stephen Ellis who argued that one of the tasks of the historians of contemporary Africa is 'throwing new light on Africa’s more remote past as a way of understanding the present.' In his two books on South Africa (Comrades against apartheid (1992) and The ANC in exile (2012)) this is exactly what Stephen Ellis does: to provide a solid foundation of historical scholarship from which it is possible to read and understand the pandemic of corruption within the post-apartheid government.

The massively unequal education impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which will have devastating consequences for generations to come, is a strong example of this history refelctions. How did this happen? What are the roots of these inequalities? What can we learn from past political actions that explain unequal education outcomes in the present? In short, what does Stephen Ellis allow us to see in education across the murky waters of South Africa’s political past?

Lecture by Prof. Jonathan D. Jansen, Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa

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