1016 FROM SCHREINER TO BIKO: A HUNDRED YEARS OF THINKING AGAINST RACE
Professor Crain Soudien, academic and administrator
Beginning with Hannah Arendt and Keith Breckinridge’s claim that South Africa is a ‘culture bed’ for imperialism, this double lecture presents the counter-claim that it is also an important site for the development of anti-racism, both as an idea and a practice. The lecture focuses on resistance, and will sketch the outlines of the arguments, positions and practices that have emerged against South Africa’s racialised bureaucracy. In doing so, it will describe a point of view that evolves from the thinking of Olive Schreiner to that of Steve Biko. The lecture will show that there is a very distinctive, immensely complex anti-racist genealogy emerging in South Africa which will serve as a creative counter ‘culture bed’.
1. Schreiner to the New Era Fellowship
2. The non-racial movement to Black Consciousness
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