Public positions on History and Politics : Racism, recognition and justice

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015 - 17:30

WISER, the Department of Politics and History Workshop invite you to join us for the eighth panel discussion in the series of Public Positions on History and Politics:


  • Shireen Hassim (Politics)


  • Achille Mbembe (WISER) "Apartheid Futures"
  • Pumla Dineo Gqola (African Literature)  "Race and/as the rainbow nation nightmare"


  • Shibu Motimele (Politics)

On-line streaming of this event will be available from approximately 5:15pm.

Refreshments will be served and we ask those who plan to attend to RSVP to Najibha Deshmukh ( before March 14.

Brief:   Public, official and unofficial discourses on race, anti- and non-racialism have reached a dead-end in contemporary South Africa. So have the sketchy policies designed in the late 90s to attend to the project of racial justice. As a result, debates on racism and the ways to eradicate it have degenerated into accusations and counter accusations. In this event our project is to elicit why we have arrived at this dead-end and how to imagine a new discourse on race and antiracism that is part of a broader and renewed quest for social justice.

Public Positions on History and Politics is a project of the Department of Political Studies, History Workshop and WiSER at the University of the Witwatersrand intended to enrich public debate about Social Justice in South Africa.  The Mail and Guardian is our Media Partner, and the project was initiated with support from the Raith Foundation.