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POLITRICKS IN THE STADIUM

Melanie Boehi discusses how, for politicians, sports tournaments such as the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup in 2010 serve as magical image-production machines and informal meeting space, where work is disguised as play and play disguised as work. Hosni Mubarak was among the first to congratulate Egypt’s national team upon its […]

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FOOTBALL CANNOT GO FASTER THAN POLITICS

Athletes are not immune to their political surroundings and football, in particular, has always been political for those struggling against oppression. But, as Sophia Azeb argues, the continuing relevance of the game to politics needs to be contextualised. Egypt kicked off their 26 January African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Sudan in Kumasi as […]

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Marikana

On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, killing 34 and wounding dozens of others. Loyiso Mkhize goes back in time to the site of the massacre, seconds before the first shot has been fired, and imagines it not only as a fight against […]

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Debt and Study

Against the proliferation of capitalist logistics, governance by credit and the management of pedagogy, Francis Burger illustrates Fred Moten and Stefano Harney proposal of a fugitive path – crisscrossed by subversion and love, and rooted in the generative power of the black radical tradition – towards a new life in the undercommons. Debt and Study 1 ◄ […]

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Qalqalah

Through the fictional character Qalqalah, Sarah Rifky, grapples with the question what is an institution? Speaking to art institutions and their futures she asks: what is the future of art? And more importantly, what is the future of language? In keeping with time, before I tell you a story and talk about the future,  let us travel back to a […]

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