[WSMDiscuss] Studies in movement…, Movements in movement… : Fwd: [Debate-List] History’s Schools : Past Struggles and Present Realities (UKZN Press) edited by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally

JS CACIM jai.sen at cacim.net
Wed Nov 7 17:10:55 CET 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Studies in movement…, Movements in movement…

[Even as we digest what has happened in Brazil recently and in the US last night, here is what looks like a great book – and event, for those on this list who happen to be in or near Johannesburg ! – that will, I think be of interest to many.  It certainly comes with several remarkable recommendations ! :

History’s Schools : Past Struggles and Present Realities (UKZN Press, 2018)

edited by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally

How do educators and activists in today’s struggles for change use historical materials from earlier periods of organizing for political education? How do they create and engage with independent and often informal archives and debates? How do they ultimately connect this historical knowledge with contemporary struggles? History’s Schools aims to advance the understanding of relationships between learning, knowledge production, history and social change. This unique collection explores engagement with activist/movement archives; learning and teaching militant histories; lessons from liberatory and anti-imperialist struggles; and learning from student, youth and education struggles.

Six chapters foreground insights from the breadth and diversity of South Africa’s rich progressive social movements; while others explore connections between ideas and practices of historical and contemporary struggles in other parts of the world including Argentina, Iran, Britain, Palestine, and the US.

Besides its great relevance to scholars and students of Education, Sociology, and History, this innovative title will be of particular interest to adult educators, labour educators, archivists, community workers and others concerned with education for social change.

Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Canada. He is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Salim Vally is a Professor at the Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

Congratulations, Aziz and Salim - and thanks for putting this together !



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Launch of Book - History’s Schools: Past Struggles and Present Realities (UKZN Press, 2018) edited by Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally

Date/Time: Thursday 22nd November, 6:30 to 8pm
Venue: Graduate Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, East Campus, Wits University 
Speakers: Prof Noor Nieftagodien <https://www.facebook.com/noor.nieftagodien?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARC2IxatNO1HqBAOMuQT2yHzy6RIHBrDgEoZS6zrkfcv66KDTVe4vdWboMM7gBxWPXX1MgH2sakkCwWs&fref=mentions>, Prof Linda Chisholm <https://www.facebook.com/linda.chisholm.18?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARC7UYfgTS0gigedPtrEFcgLNAIV-y6HRQXFK2sCBueug5pQ58R44rTLoGe7783dvUKJD9qlqmUcEFmC&fref=mentions>, Dr Trevor Ngwane <https://www.facebook.com/trevor.ngwane?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARBstvpasA5UtkFuQSfDqAReYHHZjXdo-v10WlY1LpAwgX_tC9BsxsulFZvyCjutL9JxupanO3KOjtLL&fref=mentions> and Prof Archie Dick.

Hosted by South African Research Chair (SARChI): Local Histories, Present Realities; the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT - UJ) and the History Workshop (Wits). RSVP to katlegot at uj.ac.za <mailto:katlegot at uj.ac.za> by 15th November.
Details about the book: http://bit.ly/HistorysSchools <https://bit.ly/HistorysSchools?fbclid=IwAR1CRdTRJ0_e62n70fvNLdQ7o5T1sW1RjzWld8YzRCqvM49KCGECWt3prQk>
“This book is a milestone in terms of connecting past and contemporary struggles. It is both an act of solidarity and about solidarity that crosses time and space, from South Africa and Argentina to Palestine, and from South Asian struggles in Britain to Black Power and the struggle for Third World studies in the U.S. This book is of profound importance for all who understand the necessity of social change in dread and destitute times.”
David Austin, author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal
“This is a book for those who recognize that history is constructed from below, and that archiving, revisiting and re-engaging with our own – often hidden histories – is a vital task for us in the context of present struggles. The introductory chapter by Choudry and Vally, takes us on an inspirational journey through the life of Walter Rodney to the words of Angela Davis, and plants the intellectual seeds of why history, and the history of social and political movements is so important. The book’s impressive beginning is followed by some sensational chapters, representing the best traditions of committed scholarship, full of integrity, passion and insight from struggles around the world. A hopeful, inspiring read, in these difficult times.” 
Mario Novelli, Professor in the Political Economy of Education, University of Sussex and co-author of Globalization, Knowledge and Labour: Education for Solidarity within Spaces of Resistance
“In this world dominated by market capitalism, developing a people’s history is vitally important to clarify the lessons and preserve the heritage for todays and future generations of struggles for freedom, from Palestine to South Africa. This important book foregrounds accounts by and about those who actually participated in fighting for freedom, invaluable primary sources, acute critical insights, and urges us to reflect and draw on the enduring legacies of radical ideas and action which in the passing of time should not be lost.” Ronnie Kasrils, former South African government minister
“Movement histories and archives are a rich source of lessons and strategies for contemporary struggles for justice. South African-based scholars and activists with long histories in anti- and newer post-apartheid activism, including Rhodes Must Fall, are joined by leading historians and activist scholars from Argentina, Iran, Palestine, the United States, and Britain to uncover such lessons, and to reflect on the uses of history for those building movements today. It is an essential resource for organizers and activists, and a model of engaged historiography.” 
Sean Jacobs, The New School
"This collection answers critical questions for anyone seeking progressive change: just how did social, civic, political and revolutionary movements succeed in different parts of the world, and at different times, to fight injustices? The relationship between knowledge production and political and social movements is traced to great effect here by bringing together case studies from South Africa to Palestine, Argentina to Iran. Education theorists, historians, campaigners and activists will find here an exciting, fascinating, and immensely useful book."
Professor Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University
“These are important histories that need to be read and honoured. This book needs to be read by anyone seeking to understand social change and the relationships between political activism, education and the pursuit of justice.”
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Professor of Education and Maori Development, University of Waikato, author of Decolonising Methodologies
“This impressive collection asks crucial and timely questions about how progressive social and political movements invoke past struggles. In the tradition of the engaged scholar activism of Angela Davis and Walter Rodney, the contributions give a vivid sense of how past struggles both inspire and are contested through political organising. Further, by exploring the importance of popular education to social movements and left political cultures the collection offers important horizons of hope and possibility for contemporary left imaginaries.” 
David Featherstone, Senior lecturer, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, author of Solidarity: Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism “This book is a milestone in terms of connecting past and contemporary struggles. 
“Learning from history has always been an integral part of radical approaches to education and to social movement learning, but is a theme on which very little has been written – particularly in the South African context. This is a invaluable contribution to our understanding of the value of learning from past debates, experiences and struggles, and how historical lessons may be passed on by activists involved in current struggles and social movements, locally and internationally.” 
Linda Cooper, Associate Professor, Adult Education, School of Education, University of Cape Town
‘At a time of serious assault on education and reason, Aziz Choudry and Salim Vally have produced a crucial book of essays that are a protest against that attack and that offer the road towards expanding what we expect of our world. Studies of struggles help us recognize how essential they were in producing the few decent things that exist about our world. That’s a spur to new struggles – and to new possibilities’.
Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations: a possible history of the Global South.
As we enter into one of the most precarious political moments in the history of the world, [this book] powerfully brings us back to an important realization: we cannot accurately comprehend human oppression nor how to effectively counter its destructive impact upon our societies without a committed materialist analysis of people’s histories, social movements, and contemporary political processes. In response, Choudry and Vally have skillfully edited a set of outstanding essays by both new voices and seasoned scholars that offer thoughtful perspectives for understanding, resisting, and challenging the social and material mayhem of our time. Through unapologetic, anti-imperialist readings of South African struggles and other international examples, the book reinvigorates the socialist project in the face of growing despair, as it passionately offers new possibilities for educators and community activists to forge genuine liberatory participation and collective social action around the globe.
Antonia Darder, Endowed Leavey Chair of Moral and Ethical Leadership, Loyola Marymount University and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg, author of ‘The student guide to Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed’.
“Building on traditions of radical and social movement scholarship, this book provides rich insights into activist uses of history in diverse international contexts. Without romanticising these, it shows how history has inspired an infinite resource of ideas and practices to inform social change. A timely book, it reminds us of the power of history in shaping contemporary social struggles.” 
Professor Linda Chisholm, Centre for Education Research and Transformation, University of Johannesburg


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