In Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall, Adam Habib, prominent and outspoken university official during the recent student protests, takes a characteristically frank view of the past three years on South Africa’s campuses.
In the book, Habib charts the progress of the student protests that erupted on the Wits University campus in late 2015 and raged on for the better part of three years, drawing on his own intimate involvement and negotiation with the students, and also records university management and government responses to the events.
‘Habib’s Rebels and Rage is a critically important contribution to public discussion about #FeesMustFall for two sets of reasons: firstly, this book is a timely public archiving of how the protests unfolded from a leading and influential vice-chancellor’s perspective; secondly, the book is usefully honest in its offering of some trenchant political, moral and strategic criticism that it develops against a range of prominent actors including student leaders, many academics and even some anti-apartheid activists.’
– Eusebius McKaiser
‘Tacking between personal narratives, political critique and ethnographic field notes, this memoir of the intellect and the soul is written with an infectious energy. It opens new avenues for exploring the paradoxes of our struggles to envision new futures.’
– Achille Mbembe, author of Critique of Black Reason
Book launch details:
Habib will be in conversation with Achille Mbembe at this launch.
Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Venue: Love Books, Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 726 7408
Habib will be in conversation with Eusebius McKaiser at this launch.
Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Venue: Exclusive Books Hyde Park, Johannesburg