Technologies of the New Apartheid

Wed November 17th 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Through a discussion of his newly published book The New Apartheid, Dr. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, explores the edifice of systemic racial oppression - the new apartheid - that continues to thrive, despite or even because of the democratic system. This new apartheid is a privatized, decentralized, self-replicating vestige of the apartheid state. For the people of South Africa, it means poverty or paradise, separated by an inch of glass and a line of code. Mpofu-Walsh names the South African malaise by tracing its impact on the country's use of space, law, wealth, technology and punishment. RSVP here to attend.


Speaker Bio

Dr Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of the Witswatersrand (WiSER). His first book, Democracy and Delusion: 10 Myths in South African Politics (2017) won the City Press-Tafelberg Nonfiction Award. The book was accompanied by a rap album of the same name. In 2015, he was awarded an MPhil with distinction in International Relations at Oxford, and in 2020 he completed a DPhil at Oxford on the politics of nuclear-weapon-free zones. His new book The New Apartheid was published on the 28th July 2021.