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    MISTRA Roundtable on whiteness - Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens

    Venue: Women's Gaol, Constitution Hill

     November 05 2015

    MISTRA Roundtable on whiteness - Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens

    On the 5th November 2015 MISTRA, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences will convene a roundtable discussion on whiteness titled Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens. 

    The roundtable continues MISTRA’s work on nation formation and social cohesion that culminated in a report released in August 2014 titled Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans.  The voice of whites was one of the gaps identified in that report, which will be used as a starting point for the roundtable discussion on whiteness.

    Issues the roundtable intends to address, include:

    ·       Interrogating Afrikaans as part of the discourse on whiteness

    ·       Exploring the different identities associated with Afrikaans

    ·       Exploring current thinking on the construction of whiteness;

    ·       Highlighting developments within the Afrikaans speaking community.


    Former President Kgalema Motlanthe will open the Roundtable.  Panel topics and speakers include:

    Panel Topic: Being White Today

    ·       Chair: Prof Melissa Steyn (Director, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies) 

    ·       Where are the Suzmans, Slovos, Fishers and Naudes of today? - Deputy Minister Andries Nel (Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)    

    ·       The white man’s burden 15 years after the TRC - Mary Burton (Former President of Black Sash)

    ·       White power today - Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (Professor:  Centre for Sexualities, AIDS & Gender Uni. of Pretoria)

    Panel Topic: Whiteness and the South African Economy

    ·       Chair: Prof Lynette Steenveld (Associate Prof: Media Studies, Rhodes Uni.)

    ·       What is the colour of capital? - Bobby Godsell (Chairman: Business Leadership South Africa)

    ·       Representing the white working class - Dr Dirk Hermann (CEO Solidarity)

    ·       Killing off the hands that feed you - Ernst Roets (Dep. CEO AfriForum)

    ·       Economic Transformation in SA: Now and the future - Xhanti Payi (Economist & Director: Nascence Advisory and Research)

    Panel Topic: The World of Ideas: The Place of Afrikaans

    ·       Chair: Mathatha Tsedu (Director of South African National Editors' Forum)

    ·       Afrikaner intellectual traditions Prof Pieter Duvenage  (Editor: Journal for Contemporary History, UFS)

    ·       The many hues of Afrikaans - Prof Hein Willemse (Prof: Afrikaans literature, Media and Cultural Studies, Uni. Of Pretoria)

    ·       ‘n Suid Afrikaner university: is that possible? - Prof Nico Koopman (Acting Vice Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, Uni. Of Stellenbosch)

    Closing Remarks:

    ·       Prof Achille Mbembe (Prof: WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research)

    ·       Dr Mathews Phosa (Chairman: Mathews Phosa and Associates) 

    The Roundtable on Whiteness will take place at the Women’s Gaol, Constitution Hill on 5th November 2015 from 08h30 - 17h30.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ms Asanda Luwaca on or (011) 518 0260.

    Download PDF of the programme for the Roundtable: Whiteness Roundtable Programme FINAL.pdfWhiteness Roundtable Programme FINAL.pdf

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