African Studies Workshop Featuring Sebastian Jackson


Monday, February 14, 2022, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Virtual Event

Presenting: Interracial Publics: Representing Race, Intimacy, and Desire in Post-Apartheid Public Culture

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Sebastian Jackson is a Ph.D. candidate in African and African American Studies and Social Anthropology at Harvard University. His ethnographic and art historical research examines how racial categories, identities, boundaries, and hierarchies were socially constructed and maintained through the fierce regulation of reproductive sexuality over the longue durée of the colonial encounter in South Africa. His dissertation research, conducted in Cape Town and Stellenbosch between 2012 and 2020, considers the social significance of Apartheid’s draconian “Immorality Laws”—which prohibited all marriages and sexual relationships between people categorizes as “European” and “Non-European” until 1985—but it also examines how the social legacies and cultural afterlives of these race/sex segregation laws and taboos continue to overdetermine discourses of sexuality, intimacy, and love in post-Apartheid public culture.

Discussant: Neville Hoad (University of Texas)



A week in advance, the presenter’s paper will be circulated through the Harvard African Studies Workshop listserv. It is assumed that everyone has read the paper before the workshop.  After presentation and commentary, Workshop attendees are invited to engage in critique and discussion, under the moderation of the Workshop Chairs. 

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ORGANIZER(S):  Harvard University Center for African Studies