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    THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUALS IN THE STATE-SOCIETY NEXUS

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     March 04 2015

    MISTRA & Liliesleaf Roundtable on

    THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUALS IN THE STATE-SOCIETY NEXUS

    The Mapungubwe Institute and Liliesleaf will jointly convene a roundtable on The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus on 4th March 2015.

    Throughout history intellectuals have often played a key role in struggles for the modernisation of societies, national liberation and social justice. They have provided theoretical context, strategic (and sometimes tactical) guidance and, in many cases, themselves played a leadership and/or activist role. When political freedom is attained and social transformation begins, the intellectuals often play a key role in envisioning the transformation, in policy formulation and in the political and administrative leadership of the new dispensation. However, in many liberated nations the role of progressive intellectuals appears to diminish after a few years.

    Among the issues the roundtable will seek to explore are: the place and role of intellectuals in the unfolding process of social change; whether the prominence of intellectual input into the strategic direction of society was a unique character of the phase of resistance and the early period of transition; and whether the current situation is reflective of the ‘normalisation’ of society.

    Themes for the Roundtable include:

    ·       The intellect of power and power of intellectuals in sub-Saharan Africa

    ·       Theorising the South African renaissance ideal

    ·       Humanities and social sciences in unravelling the dynamics of class, race and gender

     

    Date: 4 March 2015

    Speakers include:

    ·       Ibbo Mandaza

    ·       Ayanda Ntsaluba

    ·       Xolela Mangcu

    ·       Ben Turok

    ·       Ari Sitas

    ·       Tshilidzi Marwala

    ·       Nomboniso Gasa​


    For more information on the roundtable email: info@mistra.org.za 

    Download the Programme for The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus: Programme Intellectual Roundtable final.pdfProgramme Intellectual Roundtable final.pdf


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