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Not our sovereign selves: Dis-ease and the great African family of humankind

When: Thursday, 03 August 2017 - Thursday, 03 August 2017
Where: Off campus
CISA Committee Room, 36 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein
Start time:14:00

The Centre for Indian Studies (CISA) will host a seminar by Nora-Lee Wales from the Department of English, University of Johannesburg.

Human genetics and the Out of Africa theory have been a boon for non-racialist discourse in that human unity, biologically speaking, is readily made to stand for political and social unity. Consequently, history is subsumed by nature and humankind is assured. But what a genetic perspective of the human also reveals is that we are not our sovereign selves. In this seminar, Wales will discuss three chapters in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible (2001) in which Africa as the origin, is rethought in light of an undoing of self and family.


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