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Ambiguity and Other Emerging Ideas and Questions About ” Race” in South Africa and Other African Slavery Legacy Democracies

20 April 2017
12:30 - 14:00


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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