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Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa: Imagining the End of Whiteness

January 18, 2016 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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In the last years of apartheid, white South African society found itself in the grip of previously unimaginable social and political change, which sometimes manifested in morbid cultural symptoms. Nicky Falkof discusses two of those symptoms, a pair of matched moral panics that appeared in the contemporary media and in popular literature. She argues that excessive reactions to the apparent threat posed by a cult of white Satanists, never proven to exist, and to a so-called epidemic of white family murder reveal important truths about fear, violence and resistance, as well as fragmentations within the poles of white South African identity: nationalism, gender, history, the family, even whiteness itself. Together, the Satanism scare and the family murder ‘epidemic’ draw a compelling picture of the psychic landscape of white culture at the end of apartheid, revealing both pathological responses to social change and the brutalising effects that apartheid had on those who benefited from it most.

Speaker: Nicky Falkof (University of the Witwatersrand, SA)

Chair: Dr Lindiwe Dovey (SOAS)

Series: Africa Seminar series

Please RSVP to cas@soas.ac.uk

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Date:
January 18, 2016
Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Thornhaugh St. Russell Square
London , WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
Website:
https://www.soas.ac.uk/

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SOAS
Email:
cas@soas.ac.uk
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http://www.soas.ac.uk/