The project examines, amongst other things, the different interpretations and meanings that diverse social actors attach to the calls and prospects for Nation Formation and Social Cohesion. The purpose is to examine the efficacy of these concepts to present day South African society.
Ethnographic research in four sites in Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape over a period of 18 Months has been undertaken. The research process has concluded and the lead writer Professor Andries Oliphant is currently analysing data and writing. It is envisaged that the writing process will be concluded in May 2013 after which process a conference to present research findings to the public will be held. The research report will be released as a publication intended for use by both public, and state actors.
The Conference will launch the Research Report and the findings of the Research Project on Nation formation and social cohesion in South Africa: is it possible to mark time?