BECOMING WORTHY ANCESTORS, archive, public deliberation and identity in South Africa

: Mangcu (X.) ed.

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168pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2011


In 2006 The Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Project at the University of the Witwatersrand convened a series of lectures "on how the archive can inform public deliberation about identity and citizenship, and thereby enable us to become worthy ancestors to future generations." These lectures are presented here "in the hope of inspiring a re-thinking of what it means to have an inclusive conception of citizenship in South Africa." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"Evidentiary Genocide: intersections of race, power and the archive" by Xolela Mangcu
"The Transmission Lines of the New African Movement" by Ntongela Masilela
"Some Do Contest the Assertion that I am an African" by Frederick van Zyl Slabbert
"Unconquered and Insubordinate: embracing black feminist intellectual activist legacies" by Pumla Dineo Gqola
"Why Archive Matters: archive, public deliberation and citizenship" by Carolyn Hamilton

Xolela Mangcu, previously a fellow at The Constitution of Public Intellectual Life Project, is now based at the University of Johannesburg. He is Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brooking Institution, Washington D.C.