Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa as well as the President of the South African Institute of Race Relations.
He was recently Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University before serving as Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State for seven years.
His research concerns the politics of knowledge in schools and universities as reflected in book- length publications from Knowledge in the blood (2009, Stanford) to, more recently, Inequality in South African schools (2019, Springer) and The politics of decolonisation (2019, Wits). Knowledge in the blood won the largest book-award from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities. Jansen won the Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights.
Keynote: From inclusion to embrace: doing diversity in a dangerous world
- Friday 7 June, 9:00 - 10:00
This presentation will draw on my experiences as a black dean and then black vice-chancellor on white, Afrikaans universities in South Africa. The lessons of ‘doing diversity’ through a radical approach called ‘embrace’ represents a major shift from policies of tolerance and inclusion in ways that speak to universal struggles over difference including contemporary questions of immigration, inequality and identity. Conflicts over race, religion, sexuality and national origins have their roots in the same structures of prejudice which can be overcome not through mere recognition in curriculum or policy but through a radical encounter which draws on our common humanity as a starting point for difficult engagements.
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