From Intimacy to Nearness

Wed 1 Oct 2014, 18:00 - 19:30

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

20 years on from the end of legal apartheid in South Africa, entrenched values have continued to influence the knowledge and identities acquired by subsequent generations. How have apartheid values managed to coexist with integration? What have been the consequences of this and how can we change these attitudes? Can these lessons and policies work outside of the South African context?

Jonathan Jansen shared insights from his academic research and personal experiences of South Africa’s education system during and since apartheid. Professor Jansen discussed how education policy can be used to ensure that the physical intimacy of desegregation translates into an emotional and intellectual nearness: the recognition of common identity in the ‘born free’ generation.


Jonathan Jansen
Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in South Africa

Jonathan Jansen was the winner of the 2014 British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding, worth £25,000, for Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford University Press, 2009).

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