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NMMU News

27/08/2015

DEBATES and controversies about non-racialism in South Africa: past, present and future will be the focus of the conference hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) from 27 to 29 August 2015.

“The debates around ‘race’ and its uses,’’ is the title of tonight’s keynote address by University of Cape Town Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Prof Crain Soudien.

CANRAD Director Allan Zinn says Prof Soudien’s work strongly resonates with that of the late Prof Neville Alexander. Soudien has presented seminars based on his book “Realising the dream: Unlearning the logic of race in the South African School’’. In addition, he has published 180 articles, reviews, reports and book chapters focusing on social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change public history and popular culture.

“The work in this arena has a decided practical impact; we resolved to conclude the conference with an open discussion about anti-racism initiatives that are gaining national traction and require our support,’’ says Mr Zinn.

Prof Emerita Allison Drew will – under the sub-theme Race and Racism in Contemporary Social Theory and Political Discourse - deliver the keynote address on Friday, 28 August 2015. She will reflect on non-racialism in South Africa.

On Saturday morning, Prof Shirley-Ann Tate from the University of Leeds will address delegates. The title of her address is “I can’t quite my finger on it: Racism’s touch”.

Prof Tate has written widely on topics of institutional racism, the body, affect, “race” performativity and Caribbean de-colonial studies while paying attention to the intersections of “race” and gender.

A number of parallel sessions coupled to conference sub-themes will take place as well.

The conference starts tonight at 18:00 at the North Campus Conference Centre. 

Dr Shirley-Anne Tate