Kerry Bystrom receives funding from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Faculty member Dr. Kerry Bystrom received funding from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for a workshop developed together with Dr. Katharina Schramm from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. 

The workshop is titled "The Claims on Descent: Science, Representation, Race and Redress in 21st Century South Africa" and will take place on June 14-16, 2014 at the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg. Focusing on the construction of "descendant communities" in the scientific, political and cultural realms - and through practices ranging from DNA sampling to the writing of land claims cases and the narrative production of family trees - the workshop will aim to trouble sometimes easy dismissals of the scientific bases of race by exploring how science and politics co-produce racial and ethnic identities. Moreover, it will add substantially to wider scholarly debates on race, science and global articulations of indigeneity.