Humanitarian crisis - story from South Africa


Reflecting the current context of the humanitarian refugee crisis, we would like to invite you to attend the lecture and conversation with dr. Mbongiseni Buthelezi who is a senior researcher in the Research Initiative in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. 

Dr. Buthelezi will portray South Africa’s recent spate of xenophobic violence against perceived foreigners from other African countries and from Pakistan and offer insight into what may happen when the question of the integration of recent immigrants into a country emerging out of a difficult past is left to chance. Mbongiseni Buthelezi will reflect on the history of inward migration into South Africa since the end of apartheid and factors that have led to outbreaks of violence against immigrants in 2008 and in 2015. 

Mbongiseni Buthelezi holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He uses a post- and de-colonial approach to try and understand the formulation and reformulation of identities and what evidence of the past people draw on in such processes in contemporary moments.

The conversation will be moderated by Mitre Georgiev, a researcher and human rights lawyer in migration, asylum and EU law. 

The event will be hosted in Zagreb, at the Human Rights House, Selska cesta 112a, starting at 5.30 pm. 

The lecture and conversation will be held in English.

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