The Nordic Africa Institute


Curing a hangover by removing monuments

Time • 26 Sep 2020 14:20 - 14:50
Place • Globala Torget Play

South Africa is a society where the heritage of slavery, racism, colonialism and apartheid is very much visible and alive still today. This heritage carries many faces – socio-economic inequalities, lack of freedom and equal opportunities, xenophobia and violence. The recent mustfall-movements and calls for decolonisation of higher education have highlighted the urgent need to deal with these issues, not only at the universities but in all sectors of society. They have also exposed the political tensions between generations, between the ruling elite of the former liberation movements and the disillusioned youth of today’s South Africa. In this seminar we hope to bring light on some of the shadows of the past and the hopes for the future.

Watch the recorded webinar here: (intro in Swedish but the conversation is in English, starting from 2:30)



  • Görrel Espelund, Journalist and Author


  • Henning Melber, Senior research associate at the Nordic Africa Institute, South African journalist and writer
  • Fred Khumalo, South African journalist and writer
  • Nadira Omarjee, Senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute
  • Mmabatho Thobejane, South African student and curator with experiences from the #RhodesMustFall movement

Virtual Book Fair in Sweden, 24-27 September 2020

140 digital studio dialogues and lectures will be streamed, highlighting contemporary global challenges and opportunities.

440 authors, researchers, journalists and specialists will participate in the programme.

Visit Globala torget External link, opens in new window. and Bokmässan 2020 External link, opens in new window. for more information and streaming possibilities.