'Who are we?' Shifting identities in post-apartheid South Africa


UCT Summer School Lectures 2014

How do we South Africans understand who we are? Are our ideas about ourselves as ‘post-apartheid’ people still influenced by apartheid era ideas about race, class and gender, as well as by publicly debated and interrelated issues concerning sexuality and culture? This course will introduce participants to a way of thinking about identities that takes into account how our history and environment shape our thinking, and the way we negotiate that environment to come up with our own ideas. The first lecture will ask ‘What identities lay under the mask of South African citizenship up to 1994 and do South Africans continue to live under that mask?’ This will be followed by a series of lectures by four experts in their fields who will examine some ‘holy cows’ of identity debates in contemporary South Africa – race, gender, sexuality and language. Case studies will help demonstrate how these ideas influence who we are, and who we say we are, as people in a diverse society. LECTURE TITLES 1. Coming out of the mask (Prof N. Ndebele: Fellow, Archive and Public Culture Research Institute, UCT) 2. Que(e)rying the rainbow nation: situating sexual identities in postapartheid South Africa (Dr B. Rink: Lecturer, Dept of Environmental and Geographical Science, UCT) 3. Racial bondage: what does it mean to be human? (Dr B. Zuma: Lecturer, Dept of Psychology, UCT) 4. Intersectional masculinities and sexual violence (Dr B. Moolman: Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Specialist, Human and Social Development, HSRC) 5. The language of development and the development of African languages (Prof K. Kwaa Prah: Director, CASAS, Cape Town) Recommended reading Robins, S. & Shepard, N. 2008. New South African Keywords. Jacana: Cape Town.