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Becoming UWC: Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid's legacy, co-edited by the CHR’s Director Premesh Lalu and CHR Post-doctoral Fellow Noëleen Murray.

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We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Humanities Research has produced a publication entitled Becoming UWC: Reflections, pathways and unmaking apartheid's legacy, co-edited by the CHR’s Director Premesh Lalu and CHR Post-doctoral Fellow Noëleen Murray. The publication was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University.

 

Chapters include contributions from: Julia Martin, Premesh Lalu, Noëleen Murray, Ciraj Rassool, Neil Myburgh, Emile Maurice, Keith Gottschalk, Arthur Nortje, Deela Kahn, Wendy Woodward, Patrick Cullinan, Ingrid Masondo, Maurits Van Bever Donker and Leslie Witz.

 

Becoming UWC asks us what it has meant to think our way out of the legacies of apartheid. It offers us ways to think about the ideas that defined UWC, about its design, architectures and its textures, and about its creativity. It also invites us to revisit (with a critical mind) some of the foundational narratives that guided the university through South Africa's turbulent 1970s and 1980s. It weaves together a history and poetics of the institution, and opens the space of the institution to an ongoing search for what knowledge means in the aftermath of a violent and destructive past. But mostly, this book invites us to think ahead, beyond the constraints of apartheid, towards an elaboration of a concept of deracialised knowledge that has consequences for the very idea of the university in our world. (Prof. Brian O’Connell, Vice Chancellor and Rector University of the Western Cape)

 

This book is now available for purchase at the Cashier's Office in the Administration Building, UWC at a cost of R170.00.