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Looking at South Africa 20 years after apartheid

Emory Report | April 11, 2014

A conference on contemporary South Africa 20 years after the end of apartheid will be held at Emory beginning Thursday, April 17 through April 19.

"The conference coincides with the 20th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 that marked the end of five decades of the racially oppressive policies of apartheid," says  Clifton Crais, professor of history and director of African Studies, who will chair the conference.

"The conference is devoted to critical discussions of the transition and the many challenges facing South Africa today, from issues such as gender violence to corruption to the politics of culture, " says Crais.

"It builds on Emory's  longstanding commitment to African Studies and especially South Africa," he notes. 

Conference events will be held in the Winship and Cox Hall ballrooms. See the conference schedule for speakers, times and locations. 

Emory anthropology lecturer Kristin Phillips will chair a panel session. Participants will be from universities through the United States as well as the South African universities of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

The conference is organized by the Institute of African Studies and is supported by the Provost Subvention Fund and the Halle Institute.