Student and Youth Department



About the IFAA Student and Youth Department

The IFAA Student and Youth Department aims to create, support and empower a network and community of progressive students, young academics and youth in civil society to participate in the realisation of IFAA’s vision of an alternative society.

The IFAA Forum

The IFAA Forum provides a platform for young progressives to share academic work and debate topical issues. The IFAA forum has the following objectives:

  • Facilitate peer-to-peer learning among graduate students in South Africa
  • Encourage interdisciplinary thinking
  • Foster collaboration and communication between students and young academics
  • Deepen intellectual networks between universities in South Africa
  • Provide a platform for discussing progressive political/economic/social theory
  • Democratise academic knowledge by opening up participation in the forum to social activists and engaged members of the public

Links to reports from recent forums are available here

To keep up to date with the activities of the IFAA Student and Youth Department please like our Facebook page

The broad work of the IFAA Student and Youth Department is available on

The attendees of the forums are encouraged to critically and constructively engage with presentations at the forums. If you are a student interested in presenting at our forum please see our IFAA Forum Call for Abstracts 2018.

The IFAA Reading CirclePhilosophy pb DEMY

IFAA’s Student and Youth department runs regular reading circles throughout the year. This is part of our aim to deepen the youth’s intellectual engagement with progressive social theory.

In 2018 IFAA is conducting a fortnightly book Club on Vivek Chibber’s “Post-Colonial Theory and the Specter of Capital” and Eddie Webster and Karin Pampallis (ed) “The Unresolved National Question in South Africa.”

Reading Circles are convened by IFAA at the request of members of the IFAA Student and Youth Network. To become a part of our reading circle please contact Rekang at

 Political Education Courses

The IFAA Student and Youth department prepares and delivers courses on political history and theory, with a particular focus on South African and African issues at large.

Monwabisi, a student in the course, sharing his views with the class

IFAA works in collaboration with INDONI ACTT  to run a Politics, History and Identity Course for Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy. The course has focused on the intersection of identity, the arts and politics. Our goal is to promote civic engagement, leadership, social consciousness and political awareness.


The Progressive Corner

The Progressive Corner is managed by the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) Student and Youth Department team.

The Progressive Corner provides a platform for the dissemination of progressive theories and perspectives in a non-sectarian way. We publish essays and produce podcasts on current affairs, social theory,  and political and economic history. This is a public forum for students by students.

We encourage the free and open exchange of ideas with the intention to promote critical analysis of economic and social problems confronting South Africa, the rest of the African continent, and the globe at large.

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