UNSETTLEMENT: ‘Insecure Zones.’ Reflections from Africa and the Indian Ocean

Friday, 13 November, 2020 - 17:30

WISER and the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia university invite you to a webinar on


UNSETTLEMENT: ‘Insecure Zones.’ Reflections from Africa and the Indian Ocean

 This joint workshop constitutes the inaugural event in the new program of ‘Critical Concepts and Regional Issues’ of the Project on ‘Unsettlement’, hosted by the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, and co-sponsored by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), and the Department of Africana Studies at Barnard College.

 The project on Unsettlement was founded to address the predicament of those who, today, are stranded in states of indefinite displacement, deferred arrival and recurrent departure - people who live in places that lack infrastructures of permanence, but who must reside there for years, decades and even generations. They are often on the move, but lack the freedom and rights of mobility. Unsettlement in this sense is not merely a question of migrancy, and the project is impelled by the need to generate concepts and forms of practice that move beyond that discourse and the associated assumptions of transition. It aims to address the duration, intensity and uncertainty of long-term displacement, while moving beyond oppositions between voluntary and involuntary movement, on one hand, and economic or material exigency versus economic desire on the other.

An online roundtable discussion convened by Rosalind Morris with Euclides Gonçalves, Mpho Matsipa, Isabel Hofmeyr, Yvette Christianse, Achille Mbembe and  Johannes Machinya


The Project on Unsettlement is excited to partner with WISER, and to join its efforts to reformulate the category of region in Africa and the Indian Ocean.


Thursday, 12th November 2020


Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PwtyGF8DRYCokUh28-UkSg