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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brown Bag Series with Virgil Slade

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change is holding the Brown Bag Series entitled "Colouring over the White Line" on Friday, November 1 at 12:00pm in Heller Hall. Virgil Slade will be presenting.

Abstract: In the immediate aftermath of the 1976 Soweto Uprising, the authoritarian state in South Africa seemed to abandon apartheid orthodoxy when they introduced a supposed 'reform' in the guise of 'multinational' football. This 'reform', however, was harmonious with apartheid convention in that it did not dissolve the racial categorization that dictated social engineering in apartheid South Africa. In juxtaposition, the 'non-racial' South African Council on Sport (SACOS) provided an ideological other to the apartheid state endorsed 'multinational' leagues. 'Black' footballers could join either association, but at stake in this decision was how their political position would be perceived in their communities. It is precisely this decision that will be placed under the microscope in this talk. When considering the importance that the postapartheid state has attached to 'struggle credentials', how do we think of those who crossed the 'white line'?
For the complete Fall 2013 ICGC brown bag schedule, go to ICGC.umn.edu