Making Freedom

Anne-Maria Makhulu latest work Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics and the Struggle for Home (Duke University Press, 2015) investigates squatter settlements on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa during the time period surrounding the end of apartheid. Makhulu’s work sets a landscape of urban militants actively engaged in what she coins a “politics of presence”.  Making Freedom shows how the defiant domestication of space had reshaped Cape Town’s map and redirected history.

Makhulu is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University. She also sits on the steering committee for the Franklin Center’s Concilium of Southern Africa (COSA).

Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal recently interviewed Makhulu about Making Freedom.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship

The U.S Department of Education designed the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to provide students the opportunity for intense language study in a modern foreign language, and international and area studies .

Duke University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Middle East Studies Center are both offering FLAS fellowships this summer and next academic year. Both centers are hosting a FLAS information session on January 21, 2016 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at the John Hope Franklin Center’s Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, room 240.

More information and deadline information:
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Middle East Studies Center


Watch former Duke FLAS fellows discuss their fellowships:

Venezuela: New Political Realities, Continuing Challenges

Ambassador Patrick Duddy will present his thoughts on the 2015 Venezuela parliamentary elections during the Wednesdays at the Center series on February 10, 2016 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

On December 6, 2015, Venezuela held its first parliamentary elections since the death of President Hugo Chávez. The incumbent party, The United Socialist Party of Venezuela, was voted out of power as the Democratic Unity Roundtable took the majority of seats and over 56% of the popular vote.

Duddy served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 2007-2010 under both President Bush and President Obama. At his retirement Ambassador Duddy was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs and crisis management.