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Race Identity and Globalisation
French Department hosts a conference to Race, Identity and Globalization
The University of Botswana French Department and two French universities, University of Paris Diderot (GRER-ICT), University of Paris- Nanterre (CREA), in collaboration with the Departments of English, History and African languages of the University of Botswana will be hosting an International Conference under the theme of RACE, IDENTITY AND GLOBALIZATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AND BEYOND in Gaborone, Botswana on February 22-24, 2019.
Southern Africa has been undergoing radical changes in social, economic and political terms since the onset of decolonization. International interest has focused on the RSA, with its long apartheid period (1948-1990), which established race as the main identity marker in an attempt to maintain “White supremacy”. However the question of race and identity has been a topic of discussion throughout the world, though in varying ways but time and space have brought in a dimension where race and identities have been redefined and viewed in new perspectives even in Southern Africa. This conference will see International scholars from around the world convene in Gaborone to discuss this theme that has become crucial in today’s era where the world has become a fast changing global village but in which a lot of ancient colonies like Botswana are still grappling with issues of identity and trying to forge their own print.
The Conference sub themes are as follows:
Focus on Botswana
• Ethnicity in Botswana
• Racial and National Identity in Botswana
• Cultural Supremacy and Politics
• Linguistic and Cultural Diversities of Botswana;
• Botswana amidst hostile settler regimes of Southern Africa
• Marginalized communities and identity politics
• Race, gender, class and ethnicity in Botswana
• Dual and complex identities of Batswana in Botswana and the Diaspora
Intersectional and Racial Diversity
• Analytical and theoretical frameworks
• Multiple ethnic identities
• Migration and Identities
• Ke Motswana: Economic migration and geopolitics in Botswana
• Diseases and cultural stereotypes
• Decolonising the curriculum
• Decolonising the mind
• Reclaiming the Tswana identity