Presenter: Professor John H. Stanfield,II, Distinguished Research Fellow at Research Director Rank, Democracy, Governance, and Service Delivery (DGSD) Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Chair: Dr Tyanai Masiya, Post-Doctoral Fellow,DGSD Cape Town
Discussion Coordinator: Dr. Steve Gordon, Post-Doctoral Fellow, DGSD Durban
Date: 20 April 2017 | Time: 12h30 – 14h00 | Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town
Race” is in quotation marks since it is a myth which we human beings make so tragically real as varied forms of relational dehumanisations in making, sustaining, and transforming certain societies. In one autobiography, South African Christian Barnard, the famous heart transplant surgeon in the 1960s, refers to himself as a white who grew up among Coloured people and in another refers to himself as being an Afrikaner with Malay and Coloured ancestry.
In terms of “race” ancestry “what was he in comparison to his objectified government categorisation and self definition?” This ambiguous “race “ life story plus numerous others drawn from South Africa, Brazil, USA and other African Slavery Legacy Society democracies illustrating different and similar societal fashions of “race” ambiguity , encourages emerging ideas and questions about oversimplicities and paradoxes of critical “race” and other standpoint epiphenomena, intersectional ,and synchronic “race” identity and daily racialized dehumanized experiential theories ; suggesting new ways of thinking about “race.” Speaker: John H. Stanfield,II, historical comparative sociologist of knowledge focused on global multicultural restorative justice studies of elected and appointed leadership in governments and in civil societies and grass-roots citizen movements for resistance or change especially in African Slavery Legacy and post-genocide democracies.
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