Ka-Skukuza: The Kruger National Park In The Political Calculus Of The Lowveld


Monday, September 16, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30


Franklin Lew Forum, Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver , BC


Part of the Environment, Power and Justice in Southern Africa talk series at Green College

This talk examines the many ways in which communities have mobilized the Kruger National Park as both backdrop and political instrument in their struggles over resources and representation in the South African lowveld. It argues that the development of a deeper and richer understanding of the relationship between black South Africans and the Kruger Park must begin "beyond the fence." The people of the lowveld do not need to venture into the Park in order to make it work for them. They only have to protest outside its gates, as they have been doing for more than half a century.


About the Presenter

Jacob Dlamini is a historian of Africa, with an interest in precolonial, colonial and postcolonial African History. He obtained a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is also a graduate of Wits University in South Africa and Sussex University in England. Jacob held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Barcelona, Spain, from November 2011 to April 2015, and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University from August 2014 to May 2015. A qualified field guide, Jacob is also interested in comparative and global histories of conservation and national parks.