Abstract no. 465

A critique of the essentialism intrinsic to much of South African history, anthropology and archaeology is necessarily a critique of some of its core certainties and concepts especially with respect to pre-colonial and early colonial periods. Ethnic, linguistic, and...

Abstract no. 357

Apartheid South Africa’s state used essentialist images of Black African people to justify the policy that its ideologues and civil servants alike called separate development. All too often, those images were presented as representations of Black African...

Abstract no. 318

History of racism and colonialism is inextricably connected with the history of science, and in particular with the essentialist notions of human beings and social groups. From the Valladolid debate about moral and legal character of ‘natives’ in 16th century, through...

Abstract no. 119

This research paper follows the life history of a Greek-Croatian family of four, whose members have spent their lifetime across multiple nation states. Through their personal biographical narrations issues of national identification and distinction are discussed in...