How are we to explain the persistence of 'race' and racism? How might we develop an analytics of power able to grapple with the unconscious and psychological dimensions of racism and ideological subjectivity? Drawing variously on the theorizations of Frantz Fanon, historical narrative material, and interviews to present a case study of the fantasmatic body and its representational status in both apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, social psychologist Derek Hook will explore the question of what states of imagined embodiment underlie racist discourse. He will also encourage debate on the topic of the ethical utilization of images as means of disrupting more sanitized retrievals of the apartheid past.
Co-sponsored by the Academic Research Collaborative, Initiative on Inequality, Ph.D. Programs in Critical Social/Personality Psychology and Environmental Psychology, and the Public Science Project