One Hundred Years of the ANC
One Hundred Years of the ANC: Debating Liberation Histories Today
On 8 January 2012 the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, the oldest African nationalist organization on the continent, celebrated its 100th anniversary and this historic event generated significant public debate within both the ANC and South African society at large. Critically reflecting on the ANC’s historical trajectory and struggle against colonialism and apartheid than in its centennial year, this is a collection of new work by renowned South African and international scholars. Covering a broad chronological and geographical spectrum and using a diverse range of sources, the contributors build upon but also extend the historiography of the ANC by tapping into marginal spaces in ANC history. By moving away from the celebratory mode that has characterized much of the contemporary discussions on the centenary, the contributors suggest that the relationship between the histories of earlier struggles and the present needs to be rethought in more complex terms. Collectively, the book chapters challenge hegemonic narratives that have become an established part of South Africa’s national discourse since 1994. By opening up debate around controversial or obscured aspects of the ANC’s century-long history, One Hundred Years of the ANC sets out an agenda for future research.
About the author
Arianna Lissoni is currently a postdoctoral fellow at North-West University in Mafikeng. Jon Soske is an assistant professor of modern African history in the department of history and classical studies at McGill University. He lives in Montreal. Natasha Erlank teaches at the University of Johannesburg. Noor Nieftagodien serves as the deputy chair of the History Workshop and is a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is the coauthor of Alexandra: A History and Orlando West, Soweto. Omar Badsha is a self-taught, award-wining artist and photographer. He played an active role in the South African liberation struggle, as a cultural and political activist and trade union leader. He is the founder and currently the director of South African History Online, a website and publishing venture on South African history and culture.
Author Arianna Lissoni
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