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24 November 2022

HSRC to host a webinar on violence and the collective agency of young people in the Global South

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Tuesday 15 November 2022 –Physical, symbolic and structural types of violence are embedded in the lives of young people in the Global South. However, having struggled against violence related to colonialism, slavery, and capitalist expropriation, these young people have developed the capacity to oppose violence through collective agency.

To expand on this, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will host a webinar entitled ‘Violences and collective agency of young people in the Global South’ on Wednesday, 16 November 2022 at 13h00.

The webinar is the fourth in a series of five HSRC Global South Youth Studies seminars convened to broaden and deepen southern scholarship about, with and for young people, and to grow a community of practice. The series began with the 2021 publishing of The Oxford Handbook of Global South Youth Studies, edited by Sharlene Swartz, Adam Cooper, Clarence Batan and Laura Kropff Causa.

In this webinar, chapter contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Global South Youth Studies will explore violence and collective agency responses.

Clarence Batan will explain how the hostile Philippines labour market leaves young people on standby to find alternative ways to access services, rights and livelihoods. Laura Kropff Causa will focus on how young Mapuche activists dismantle and reproduce identities and experiences of violence in Argentina. Ines Rojas will explore the lives of Venezuelan university students, explaining their choices as part of the routinisation of conflict, which has psychological impacts. Roshni Nuggehalli will focus on how young people marginalised by caste, religion, and material deprivation, construct practices of citizenship, strengthen collectives and work toward community transformation.

Dr Adam Cooper (HSRC) will chair the webinar with Prof Michelle Fine, Kenzi Bishara and Michael Williams (City University of New York) as discussants.


  • Necropolitics and young Mapuche activists as a public menace in Argentina, Prof Laura Kropff Causa, National Scientific and Technical Research Council and National University of Río Negro, Argentina
  • Youth protagonism in urban India, Roshni Nuggehalli, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action, Mumbai, India
  • Unearthing historical violence in the lives of istambays using Rizal’s theory of colonial Philippines, Prof Clarence Batan, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  • Venezuelan youth and the routinization of conflict, Prof Ines Rojas, University of Los Andes, Venezuela

Details of the event

Date:                 16 November 2022

Time:                 13h00 to 16h00

Link:                  Meeting Registration – Zoom

For media inquiries:

Dr Lucky Ditaunyane, Cell: 0832276074, Email: Nematandani, Cell: 0827659191, Email:

Notes to the Editor

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration, and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations, and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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