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Title:Un-performing racial and ethnic prejudice in tertiary institutional spaces in South Africa
Author:Chinyowa, Kennedy C.ISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Pages:43-57
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:universities
race relations
drama
apartheid
memory
Abstract:This paper draws illustrations from a practice-based research project focusing on racial and ethnic prejudice among students at Wits University, Witwatersrand, South Africa. The narratives that have emerged from interactive drama and conflict management workshops carried out among the different racial groups at Wits University campus seem to demonstrate what has been described as 'the clash of martyrological memories.' The students' narratives carry received knowledge of past oppressions that appear to be triggering what Loren Kruger (1999) calls an 'anti-post-apartheid' syndrome. The narratives reflect undying memories of a traumatic past that seems to be holding students from moving into the future. The paper seeks to posit possibilities for subverting and transforming the authority of such intergenerational knowledge through the agency of interactive drama interventions. Through empathy and distance, identification and projection, interactive drama creates a safe space for participants to cross the border from received knowledge to self-knowledge and from false consciousness to critical consciousness. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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