As part of its Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA, formerly GIPCA) presents Pennsylvania State University professor, Robert Bernasconi.

Bernasconi will present Why Do We Think About Racism As We Do?  a critical examination of the dominant approach to racism since the 1950 UNESCO Statement on Race. The tendency within the mainstream has been to think of racism as parasitic on the concept of race in the expectation that scientific challenges to the concept of race make racism untenable. By returning to the work of Fanon, Biko, and Sartre, Bernasconi outlines an alternative approach.

Robert Bernasconi is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. His research and teaching interests lie in critical philosophy of race, particularly in relation to the history of philosophy, and Continental philosophy. Bernasconi is the author of How to Read SartreHeidegger in Question: The Art of Existing, and The Question of Language in Heidegger’s History of Being. He is the editor of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race. 

The lecture, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place from 17:30 – 19:00 on Thursday 4 August 2016 at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

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Venue: Hiddingh Hall

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa