Edited by Premesh Lalu and Noëleen Murray
Chapters include contributions from: Julia Martin, Premesh Lalu, Noëleen Murray, Ciraj Rassool, Neil Myburgh, Emile Maurice, Keith Gottschalk, Arthur Nortje, Deela Kahn, Wendy Woodward, Patrick Cullinan, Ingrid Masondo, Maurits Van Bever Donker and Leslie Witz.
Becoming UWC asks what it means to think our way out of the legacies of apartheid. It offers ways to think about the ideas that defined UWC, about its design, architectures and its textures, and about its creativity. It also invites readers to revisit (with a critical mind) some of the foundational narratives that guided the University through South Africa’s turbulent 1970s and 1980s. The book weaves together a history and poetics of the institution and opens the space of the institution to an on-going search for what knowledge means in the aftermath of a violent and destructive past. But mostly, this book invites readers to think ahead, beyond the constraints of apartheid, towards an elaboration of a concept of deracialised knowledge that has consequences for the very idea of the university in our world.