University of East Anglia

This panel event will explore the way in which boycotting has always been central to the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). Indeed, the AAM has its roots in the boycott movement established in 1959 as anti-apartheid activists reacted to Chief Albert Luthuli’s appeal to establish an international boycott of South African goods. Panellists will explore the central role boycotts have played in anti-apartheid organising.  As well as reflecting on how to build a successful boycott campaign, speakers will also consider the limitations of the boycott movement as well as the ways in which this strategy might be updated for the 21st Century.

Event details

Date: 15 October 2018

Location: UEA Campus, Earlham Hall 0.12

Time: 6.30pm – 8:30pm


Christabel Gurney

Former Anti-Apartheid Movement activist, currently secretary of the AAM Archives Committee and member for Action for South Africa (ACTSA).

Chitra Karve

Former Anti-Apartheid Movement staff member and a member of the AAM Women’s and Black Solidarity Committees. She is currently Chair of ACTSA.

Simon Stevens

Lecturer in International History at the University of Sheffield, currently writing an international history of the use of boycotts and sanctions by the global anti-apartheid movement.

Alys Samson Estapé

Activist in the Palestinian, feminist and antiracist movement, working on campaigns for boycott and divestment from companies profiting from occupation and apartheid.

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