This week Helen and I have had a paper related to the Non-Stop Against Apartheid project accepted for publication in Antipode: a radical journal of geography. The paper is called “Practices of solidarity: opposing apartheid in the centre of London”. Here’s what the abstract says:
International solidarity is frequently presented as an asymmetrical flow of assistance travelling from one place to another. In contrast, we theorise the more complex, entangled and reciprocal flows of solidarity that serve to enact social change in more than one place simultaneously. The international campaign against apartheid was one of the most widespread, sustained social movements of the last century. This paper examines the spatial practices of the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy in London (1986 – 1990). Drawing on archival and interview material, we examine how the Picket produced solidarity with those resisting apartheid in South(ern) Africa. We argue that how the need for anti-apartheid solidarity was framed politically cannot be understood in isolation from how it was performed in practice. The study of solidarity is enriched by paying attention to the micropolitics of the practices through which it is enacted and articulated through key sites.
The paper should be pre-published online within a month or two and will appear in the journal’s printed edition some time after that. We plan to expand on some of the ideas we tested out in this paper in our forthcoming book about the Non-Stop Picket and the transformative politics of solidarity.