Invitation to a Masterclass
What ‘race’ and racism are and what they do: A critical analysis of current thinking
This year the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is commemorating its 50th anniversary and the 90th anniversary of its predecessor, the National Bureau of Educational and Social Research (NBESR). The HSRC and the Nelson Mandela University have partnered to commemorate this important milestone and take great pleasure in inviting you to a master class by Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO of the HSRC.
The first purpose of this class is to examine the most current theoretical social science and biological thinking that has emerged around the world about ‘race’. The class will look at developments in fields such as sociology, psychology, philosophy and in newer areas of thinking such as gender studies and cognitive sociology. The second purpose is to look at racism and its effects as they are manifested in the politics of inequality, identity and belonging.
Date: 10 October 2019
Venue: South Campus Council Chambers, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth
RSVP by 10 September 2019: Email: email@example.com, Tel: 012 302-2811
Invitation to a Book Launch
The Cape Radicals: Intellectual and political thought of the New Era Fellowship1930s – 1960s
This year the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is commemorating its 50th anniversary and the 90th anniversary of its predecessor, the National Bureau of Educational and Social Research (NBESR). The HSRC and the Nelson Mandela University have partnered to commemorate this important milestone and take great pleasure in inviting you to a book launch by Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO of the HSRC.
In 1937 a group of young Capetonians, socialist intellectuals from the Workers’ Party of South Africa and the Non-European Unity Movement, embarked on a remarkable public education and cultural project they called the New Era Fellowship (NEF). Taking a position of non-collaboration and non-racialism, the NEF played a vital role in challenging society’s responses to events ranging from the problem of taking up arms during the Second World War for an empire intent on stripping black people of their human rights to the Hertzog Bills, which foreshadowed apartheid. The group included some of the city’s most inspiring scholar-activists, whose aim was to disrupt and challenge not only prevailing political narratives but the very premises – class and race – on which they were based. By the 1950s their ideas had spread to a second generation of talented individuals who would disseminate them in the high schools of Cape Town. In time, some would exert their influence on national politics beyond the confines of the Cape. This book is a testament to the NEF’s position at the forefront of redefining the discourses of racialism and nationalism in South Africa.
Crain Soudien is a sociologist and educationist, Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council and an Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela University. He is the author of Realising the Dream: Unlearning the Logic of Race in the South African School (2012).
Date: 10 October 2019
Time: 17h00 – 19h00
Venue: North Campus Conference Centre, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth
RSVP by 10 September 2019: Zandile Tose, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 041 504- 4674