The Forge is designed to facilitate the genesis, presentation and analysis of radical ideas from Pan-African, socialist, feminist and other progressive perspectives. It is a space for the expression and discussion of ideas, for new encounters, and for the development of solidarities that embrace not only socially authorised intellectuals but also intellectuals in progressive popular organisations.

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Nation on the Couch by Wahbie Long

The Forge and Melinda Ferguson Books are happy to invite you to the launch of Nation on the Couch by Wahbie Long. Nation on the Couch “explores life in our beloved country through the lens of psychoanalysis. By focusing on the idea of a ‘political unconscious’, it argues that there is much to be learnt […]

Posterity #2 Don’t Make me Over

The video-installation intervention titled ‘Don’t make me over’ is part of a series of works within the ambit of The Posterity Project: that act as disruption and public provocation, within selected archival and heritage sites. Besides the installation at The Forge and The Commune situated within the newly gentrified heart of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, the Castle […]

Isililo

ISILILO is a look into the state of health institutions in South Africa through the life of a young boy whose dreams are deferred because of his father’s deteriorating health. As the story unfolds, we encounter young Gcina Mabitsela, the protagonist, having to choose between his career as a soccer star, the love of his life and caring for his father.

The
Work
Women
Do

Through this programme, The Forge hopes to highlight the radical contribution women have made to shaping our struggle and resistance movements; the enormous contribution made by women to care work, and the significant strides that have been made by women in the fight for working class liberation. Panellists:  Dr Lyn OssomeSenior Research Specialist and Feminist […]

Introductions to ideologies:
Pan-Africanism

Dr. Vashna Jagarnath is a director of both Pan Africa Today and Friends of the Workers. She is also Deputy General Secretary of the Socialists Revolutionary Workers’ Party and works in the office of the General Secretary of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.