Below is the current line-up of speakers.
Dr Shelley Tremain
Dr. Shelley L. Tremain holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, has taught in Canada, the U.S., and Australia, and publishes on a range of topics, including (feminist) philosophy of disability, Michel Foucault, ableism in philosophy, social metaphysics and epistemology, and bioethics. Tremain is the author of Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2017), the manuscript for which was awarded the 2016 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities, and the editor of Foucault and the Government of Disability (University of Michigan Press, 2005; 2015). She was the 2016 recipient of the Tanis Doe Award for Disability Study and Culture in Canada.
Professor André Keet
André’s post-1994 work in South Africa focussed on processes aimed at deepening democracy, social justice and the promotion and protection of human rights. He joined the South African Human Rights Commission in 1996 and later became its Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He also served as commissioner on the Commission for Gender Equality and only entered the higher education sector towards the end of 2008. His first professorial appointment was as an adjunct-professor at the University of Pretoria in 2009, followed by appointments at the University of Fort Hare in 2010 and the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2011. He served as the Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, advisor to the university’s executive, and acting deputy vice – chancellor (student affairs and external relations) at the UFS. He joined Nelson Mandela University in October, 2017. His research foci, oriented by a social justice frame, include higher education transformation; democracy- and human rights education; critical university studies; and the nexus between university, science and society.
Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He is Director Emeritus of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.
His most recent project – ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences – was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe. Boaventura de Sousa Santos has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, and Romanian.
Professor France Winddance Twine
France Winddance Twine is a Professor of Sociology, an ethnographer, a feminist race theorist and a documentary filmmaker., whose research focuses on multiple dimensions of inequality. Their research interests include girlhood, racism and anti-racism, sociology of the body, assisted reproductive technologies, and occupational discrimination. Their empirical research is theoretically grounded in European social theory, North American critical race theory, and feminist race studies. Twine's research provide case studies that provide a nuanced analysis of the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender inequality on both sides of the Atlantic. Twine has conducted extensive field research on both sides of the Atlantic including: Brazil, Britain, and the United States. The concept of racial literacy is one of Twine's major theoretical contributions. In their earlier research on British interracial families, Twine examined how white English and Irish women developed racial literacy as they negotiated and conceptualized racism (and anti-racism) as members of interracial families and as the parents of children fathered by Black men. This research was published in a ‘A White Side of Black Britain: interrracial intimacy and racial literacy’ (2010). In 2007, Twine was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the Gender Institute. In 2008-09, Twine was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. They authored and edited of 10 books and have more than 72 publicaitions including single authored books, journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, essays and reviews.
Professor Gillian Hart
Gillian Hart is a distinguished professor in the Humanities Graduate Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a professor in the Graduate School in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent books include Rethinking the South African Crisis: Nationalism, Populism, Hegemony (2014) and a co-edited volume titled Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics (2013). Animated by the need for critical comparative understandings of the current conjuncture, she is currently working on a book provisionally entitled Resurgent Nationalisms and Populist Politics in a Global Frame: South Africa, India, and the United States.