Prof. Dr. Linda Chisholm

In der Reihe »mittwochs um vier« hat Linda Chisholm (Universität Johannesburg, Südafrika) einen Vortrag zu Migration und Bildung im Globalen Süden gehalten.


Linda Chisholm is Professor in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research has focused on the historical and comparative dimensions of education policy, curriculum and gender in South Africa.


SoSe 2018
(a) Migration within the South 

Current debates on refugees in Europe are dominated by discussions of migrations from the South to the North - with the increasing recognition that understanding the contexts of migration is as significant as their impact on receiver countries in the North. However, these approaches still tend to be instrumentally linked to European security concerns without adequate appreciation of the even more significant migration dynamics in the South. And whereas knowledge of migration and displacement within Africa has advanced, there is little recognition of the politics of reception of migrants within African contexts. These are varied. 

However, since its transition to majority rule in 1994, South Africa has become the destination for millions of migrants and refugees from across the African continent. Despite its progressive legislation in conformity with international norms, South African society has extremely high levels of xenophobia that exploded violently in 2008. The less visible, everyday experience of xenophobia was documented by Jonny Steinberg in his memorable ethnographical history of a Somalian refugee in South Africa, A Man of Good Hope (2015).This presentation will be the first of two, and will sketch the broader context and tropes of migration in this southern context.

SoSe 2019
(b) Migrant Children, Schools and Language in the Global South

Much of the recent literature on migration in Africa has focused on the complex and coercive cosmopolitan strategies that emerge in newly-urbanised contexts with limited state infrastructure or integration strategies. Less attention has been paid to migrant children and their experiences and strategies of inclusion and exclusion. Focusing on South Africa, this presentation will show how the national compact achieved in 1994 created a set of language policies that, while inclusive of South African citizens, in practice exclude migrant children with different linguistic backgrounds. However, the resilience of migrant children in such contexts is also supported by research that demonstrates their achievement-orientation in poor contexts. This presentation will explore the multi-faceted educational and linguistic policies and practices related to migrant children in South Africa, developed at both official level and by migrant solidarity organisations.