Joint African Studies/South Asian Centre Seminar: Covid-19

Conveners: Miles Larmer and Nayanika Mathur

Speakers: Africa: Shaeera Kalla (C19 Peoples’ Coalition, South Africa), South Asia: Tarangini Sriraman (Goldsmiths), Jeevan Baniya (Social Science Baha, Nepal)


The latest event in this term’s joint seminar series on activism and researching activism will focus on Covid-19, as it has affected both Africa and South Asia. The Covid pandemic has generated new interventions and injustices (as well as reinforcing old ones) that have in turn created new subjects and modes of popular activism. Our speakers, from South Africa, India and Nepal, will analyse the ways in which Covid-19 has affected the trajectory and landscape of activism and academic research.


  • Shaeera Kalla (C19 Peoples’ Coalition, South Africa)
  • Tarangini Sriraman (Goldsmiths)
  • Jeevan Baniya (Social Science Baha, Nepal)

Shaeera Kalla is an activist and scholar. She holds a Masters degree in African Studies from Oxford University, a Bachelor of Commerce in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Wits University as well as a BA Honours in Political Science. She was the President of the Wits Student Representative Council and was one of the organisers at the forefront of the #FeesMustFall (FMF) protests in 2015/16 at Wits University in Johannesburg. Shaeera is currently dabbling in filmmaking and has been involved in the #PayTheGrants campaign which started through the Covid-19 Peoples Coalition, a civil society collective for a just response to the pandemic. She was involved in research and advocacy work on the implementation of social grants and a Universal Basic Income Guarantee (UBIG).


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