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Anthropology Department Presents

Passages Out of Modernity: Gambling, Gold and De-Industrialization in South Africa

9/30/19, 4:00 PM

About this event

Department of Anthropology, Fall 2019 Colloquia Series

Speaker- Dr. Rosalind C. Morris of Columbia University

Lecture Description- For more than a century, South Africa was the world’s largest gold producer, but for several decades and increasing since 2006, when it lost its top ranking, its mines have been closing. Many are now mere ruins. Into these decaying worlds, a new wave of itinerant migrants, many undocumented, have been arriving to scavenge for residual gold. Ironically, the end of mining has returned the industry to its beginning, and to the forms of speculation on which it was founded. A new ‘rush’ has commenced, an old fetish has been renewed. In this talk, I consider the strange survival of such gambling and the gamble to survive in the ruins of industrialization, while attempting to retheorize the problem of modernity from the perspective of South African postcoloniality.  
Event Location
  • 25 Humphrey School of Public Affairs, West Bank, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • 301 19th Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States