The discussion included contributions from Melissa Levin (University of Toronto), Warren Crichlow (York University), John K. Noyes (University of Toronto), and Premesh Lalu (CHR), and is now available on the JHI’s youtube channel.
In Undoing Apartheid, Premesh Lalu argues that aesthetic education is a process of unlearning, and learning to learn; a reconstitution of the relations of sense and perception that is necessary to revitalize post-apartheid reconciliation. Join us for a lively discussion about history, education, theatre, and the pathway past the intellectually stifling categories of racism
Brilliant and necessary. In this luminous book, Premesh Lalu uncovers the brutal legacies of apartheid’s assault on sensual and perceptual life. Only an aesthetic education, he argues, can open up the true hope of post-apartheid future. Written with astute theoretical attentiveness, and with poetry at its heart, Undoing Apartheid is an inspiring blueprint for the aesthetic education it urges. In an era when attacks on the arts and humanities across the world are blatant, Lalu suggests where criticism and creativity might begin again: in Athlone, Cape Town, and in all the other communities across the world where partition and violence have wreaked their worst.
– Lyndsey Stonebridge, author of Placeless People: Writing, Rights, and Refugees.