Loving and Blacking: Interracial Intimacies Among Campus Students in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Seminar | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Jonathan Jansen, Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford

 Graduate School of Education

In race-regulation regimes like South Africa and the United States, interracial intimacies remain difficult even decades after odious laws prohibiting love and marriage were repealed. How does reprisal work in the absence of legal sanction against interracial romance, and how do young people manage different forms of reprisal as they struggle to learn, live, and love together?  Jonathan Jansen discusses interracial student couples and their struggles with intimacy on campuses and in communities hostile to love across the color line.

Jonathan Jansen is one of South Africa’s leading intellectuals and has been at the center of post-Apartheid efforts to transform its education system. He is President of the South African Institute of Race Relations and President of the South African Academy of Science, as well as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. In 2013, he received the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights. His book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford, 2009) won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

 danperl@berkeley.edu