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UCL African Studies Seminar Series: On the question of non-racialism in South Africa

25 May 2017, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

Join us for the next UCL African Studies Seminar with Deborah Posel (Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town). 

The principle of 'non-racialism' underpinned the ANC's anti-apartheid struggle, and the transition to a constitutional democracy in South Africa. Indeed the Constitution affirms non-racialism as a foundational value. Yet this is now under attack from student protestors and others who see it as a denial of the abiding realities of race and racial supremacy in the country. This paper revisits the notion of non-racialism and its abiding articulation with a politics of race in South Africa's past and present.

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