The African National Congress at 100

Organised by ASC (Ineke van Kessel), ISS (Jeff Handmaker) and ISS-SCHOLAS (Thandiwe Matthews)Sakhela Buhlungu, University of Pretoria

Motto: It is tough to start a revolution. It is even tougher to keep going, and toughest to win. But after victory, that is when the real troubles begin. From the movie La Battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers), 1966

You can find the provisional programme and abstracts here (PDF).

This blog page will keep you posted, and archive various developments that are relevant to the conference, or to the theme of the conference.




 Morning session 10.00-11.30

Opening and Welcome:

10.00-10.30 Leo de Haan, Rector of ISS
H.E. Peter Goosen, Ambassador of South Africa

Keynote lectures:
10.30-11.00 Tom Lodge, University of Limerick: Patrimonial politics in the ANC: past and present.
11.00-11.30 Sakhela Buhlungu, University of Pretoria: The relationship between the ANC and trade unions: historical legacies and contemporary dilemmas.

11.30-12.00 Coffee break

Early afternoon session 12.00-13.00

12.00-12.30 Discussion, led by Freek Schiphorst, ISS and Robert Ross, Leiden University
12.30-13.00 Ineke van Kessel, ASC: Nelson Mandela: the construction of an icon (powerpoint presentation).

13.00-14.00 Lunch

Late afternoon sessions 14.00-15.00
Chair: Jeff Handmaker, ISS/Wits School of Law

14.00-14.15 Stephen Ellis, ASC/VU: The Origins of the ANC's Armed Struggle, 1948-1961.
14.15-14.30 Heather Hughes, University of Lincoln: The ANC and a century of struggle for gender equality in South Africa.
14.30-14.45 Conny Braam, ex- Anti-Apartheidsbeweging Nederland: Operation Vula.

14.45-15.00 Tea break

15.00-15.15 Erik Baehre, Leiden University: From labour to redistribution: the last 100 years.
15.15-15.30 Susan Newman, ISS: ANC economic policies and post apartheid economic realities.
15.30-15.45 Kier Schuringa, International Institute for Social History / NIZA: The anti-apartheid and southern Africa collection at IISH.
15.45-16.30 Discussion, facilitated by Jeff Handmaker
16.30-17.15 Round table organised by ISS-Scholas, including Thandiwe Matthews and Farouk Nyende

17.15 - 17.30 Closing Words

17.30 -18.30 Reception, with drinks, photographic exhibition and music





Date, time and location

10 September 2012
10.00 - 18.00
Auditorium, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague

Conference website

Call for papers