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Manifestations of Interconnectedness in (Southern?) African Philosophy
Nov 11, 2011
from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
|Where||Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center|
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Extraordinary Professor in the Arts Faculty, University of the Western Cape
Antjie Krog, internationally acclaimed author of Country of My Skull, is Extraordinary Professor in the Arts Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. Krog, an accomplished Afrikaans poet, became well known as one of the SABC radio journalists who reported on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in the mid 1990s. Her best-selling book is an account of her TRC experience, and has recently been followed up by A Change of Tongue,a book that deals with South Africa's recent social and cultural transformation. Both texts are featured on the SA Library's list of the ten most influential books published over the past ten years that focus on issues of democracy.
"Manifestations of Interconnectedness in (Southern?) African Philosophy"
After exploring several manifestations of the concept of interconnectedness the paper will look at the implications for the interpretation of forgiveness, reconciliation, amnesty and justice in South Africa. Reconciling with wrongdoers—is that not the beginning of an immoral society? As a summary a few frames in a popular Belgian comic strip about Nelson Mandela will be explored to show visually how, by erasing interconnectedness, it becomes possible to admire Mandela, without taking what he stands for seriously.