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Southern Futures: Thinking Through Emerging Markets

September 25, 2014 - 00:00-September 26, 2014 - 00:00

The Global South is undergoing a dramatic transformation in the eyes of the world. It has not only been given a new name – emerging market – that signals fresh territories found desirable by global investors and policymakers, it also hints at escalation and acceleration in the pace of history long deemed to be locked in a static temporal space. The seductive sign of emerging market now stands for extractable natural resources, cheap techno-friendly labor and a vast consumer base waiting to be fully untapped. Most of all it stands for the magical promise of economic ‘growth’ that has become a much longed for and elusive goal in Euro-America after the financial crisis. In a series of roundtable debates, we will rethink the language of ‘rise’ and ’emergence’ of Africa, this after a decade of ‘rising’ Asia, and the ways in which it breaks down the established epistemic constructs. What might this transformation mean for Africa when new Afro-Asian connections through investments and business enterprises are fast redrawing the Global South. And what might this new Global South tell us about the future of capitalism itself.

  • John Comaroff, Harvard University
  • Keith Hart, Paris
  • Jean Comaroff, Harvard University
  • Achille Mbembe, WISER, Johannesburg
  • Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen
  • David Goldberg, University of California, Irvine

The public roundtables are part of a two-day research workshop that will inaugurate the newly funded FKK research programme ‘Emerging Worlds: Explorations in new South-South Connections’ (2014-2018).

Time: 25 September – 26 September 2014
Place: South Campus, KUA1, Njalsgade 136, 2300 Copenhagen S, Building 27, Room 27.0.09

Organizer: Emerging Worlds: Explorations in New South-South Connections at Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

Full programme can be found here.

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Southern Futures: Thinking Through Emerging Markets


September 25, 2014 - 00:00
September 26, 2014 - 00:00