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Human Rights Radio Episode 4: South Africa

*this episode originally aired on Robin Hood Radio on Friday, April 25*

Drucilla Cornell is an American legal philosopher and feminist theorist, whose work has been influential in political and legal philosophy, ethics, deconstruction, critical theory, and feminism. Cornell is Professor of Political Science, Comparative Literature and Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University the State University of New Jersey; Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Sean Jacobs, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, is Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the New School. He is currently writing a book on the intersection of mass media, globalization and liberal democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. He is co-editor of Thabo Mbeki’s World: The Politics and Ideology of the South African President (Zed Books, 2002) and Shifting Selves: Post-Apartheid Essays on Mass Media, Culture and Identity (Kwela Books, 2004).  The National and The Nation. He worked as a political researcher for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, and founded the blog Africa is a Country.

Drew Thompson is Assistant Professor of Africana and Historical Studies at Bard College. His research interests include Lusophone studies, comparative race, expressive material culture, and the use of photography at the intersection of colonial/postcolonial politics and race in Mozambique. Professor Thompson has co edited special issues of Critical Interventions and Kronos (forthcoming, winter 2014) and has had work published in African Arts, Dictionary of African Biography, and JSTOR/Aluka’s Struggles for Freedom digital archive.

Roger Berkowitz is the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Associate Professor of Politics, Human Rights, and Philosophy at Bard College. His interests stretch from Greek and German philosophy to legal history and from the history of science to images of justice in film and literature. Professor Berkowitz’s writing and teaching interweave close readings of political theory and philosophy with a focus on concrete legal and political questions.

Peter Rosenblum is Professor of Human Rights Law and Practice at Bard College.

Documents referenced in this episode:

Constitution of South Africa

Founded by Sean Jacobs, Africa is a Country is a blog that attempts to “deliberately challenge and destabilize received wisdom about the African continent and its people in Western media.”

The uBuntu Project was founded in 2003 via a pilot study at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Since that time, the uBuntu Project has operated a number of conferences and workshops on the status and importance of indigenous values and ideals across various areas of South African life. Most notably, the uBuntu Project has held four major working conferences bringing together academics, activists, lawyers, and judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Together, these people have judiciously dialogued about the ways in which the ideals of dignity and uBuntu have and will continue to have a lasting impression on the meaning of the constitution.


Further reading on social and economic rights in South Africa:

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa



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