2024 Mega Election Year Event Series

In what will be the biggest election year in history, voters in countries representing more than half of humanity – some four billion people – will go to the polls in elections this year. As the global community witnesses this historic election year, Keseb is creating a virtual space for an exchange of ideas across borders. We are hosting and moderating a series of timely conversations throughout the course of the 2024 mega election year.


January 30th, 2024: Race, Civic identity, and Self-expression


On January 30, 2024, Keseb hosted a timely discussion on the intersection of race, civic identity, and self-expression. Joining this dialogue were two Keseb Fellows: PushBlack CEO Julian Walker interviewed Tessa Dooms, the Director of Programmes at Rivonia Circle and co-author of the recent book, “Coloured: How Classification Became Culture.”

In recent months, South African singer Tyla has not only gained significant prominence in the international music scene but has also ignited a noteworthy discourse in the United States, leading to what the BBC has deemed a “culture war.” As a South African, Tyla identifies as “coloured,” a term deeply embedded in South African culture. However, in the United States, this term carries a negative connotation, serving as a painful reminder of the oppressive Jim Crow era.