Christopher Colvin, a contributor to Ethical Quandaries in Social Research edited by Deborah Posel and Fiona C Ross, recently participated in a Indexing the Human panel discussion about “Experiments in/on Everyday Life: Postcolonial science and critical normativities”.
“I’d rather have a country established on a national truth than on a national myth.”
Famed veteran journalist turned author, Michael Schmidt, pulled no punches at the launch of his book, Drinking with Ghosts: The Aftermath of Apartheid’s Dirty War (BestRed), in Johannesburg.
Schmidt's novel, A Reporter's Notebook, which respected journalist Max du Preez calls “the best he's read”, dives into a time of anxious revolution and rebellion - a period which Schmidt claims to be “airbrushed”, by selectively nostalgic capitalist opportunists.
“People keep talking about the peaceful transition, but I remember sitting by mass graves every weekend, so I don’t remember the peaceful transition...neither do millions of South Africans who actually went through it,” explains Schmidt.
Between 2003 and 2008, the HSRC published its annual flagship publication, State of the Nation. Since the launch of the first edition, the series has captured the attention of public intellectuals, scholars, policymakers and the media in South Africa and abroad. Internationally, the series has been acclaimed as one of the most in-depth and important independent analyses of the national agenda through the lens of the South African political, economic and social context, and has been selected by university departments across the world as prescribed or highly recommended reading. In view of its historically high demand and the need for vibrant national and continental debates, the HSRC will relaunch this authoritative publication in 2013.