BRICS and brics-from-below: confront new geopolitics, local and global

Research and activism during political turmoil in Brazil, India and South Africa, authoritarianism in China and Russia, and renewed aggression from the United States.

a workshop at the Alternative Information and Development Centre co-hosted with the UWC African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Wits School of Governance
and National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences BRICS Think Tank 147 Rochester St, Observatory, Cape Town

Date: Friday, 9 December 2016

please RSVP (for catering) to

1) Brian Ashley and Lisa Thompson: Welcome
2) Lisa Thompson and Pam Tsolekile: BRICS/brics-from-below in context and in research
3) Patrick Bond: brics-from-below in conflict with BRICS since Durban (2013)

10:30-11am – tea break

4) Ana Garcia: Brazilian politics and social movements, from Fortaleza (2014) onwards
5) Boris Kagarlitsky: A Russian view of BRICS and social movements after Ufa (2015)
6) Trevor Ngwane and Benny Kuruvilla: The Goa BRICS People’s Forum (2016)

1-2pm – lunch

7) Au Loong Yu: The view from China in preparation for a BRICS People’s Forum (2017)
8) Mercia Andrews: Lessons from the SA-Brazil People’s Forum process
9) Brian Ashley, Sameer Dossani and Lenny Gentle: Geopolitics and social struggles during Trumpism

10) Godfrey Netswera, Pam Tsolekile and Patrick Bond: Closure and ways forward

Mercia Andrews
is director of the Trust for Community Outreach and Education in Cape Town
Brian Ashley
is AIDC director
Patrick Bond
is professor of political economy at Wits School of Governance, honorary professor at the UKZN Centre for Civil Society and co-editor of BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique
Sameer Dossani
is ActionAid International’s Global Advocacy coordinator and former director of 50 Years is Enough
Ana Garcia
is professor of international relations at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, honorary professor at the UKZN Centre for Civil Society and co-editor of …