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Girvetz 2320

Sharad Chari (University of California, Berkeley) will share insights from his new book, Apartheid Remains, published by Duke University Press in May 2024. Jasbir Puar (Univ of British Columbia) will provide commentary. Through long-term historical and ethnographic research, this book explores how people handle the remains of segregation and apartheid in South Africa as witnessed through portals in an industrial-residential landscape in the Indian Ocean city of Durban. Part I, 'Racial Palimpsest,' shows how South Africa’s twentieth-century conserves the remains of multiple pasts in Durban, including attempts by the racial state to remake territory and personhood while instead deepening spatial contradictions and struggles. Part II, 'Remains of Revolution,' shows how these struggles took specific shape as they coursed through the late apartheid city.