Launch of Transition 116: Nelson Mandela
Launch event for Transition 116, a special issue on Nelson Mandela
In December, we mark a year since the passing of Nelson Mandela—a man who was as much myth as flesh and blood. With issue 116, we pay tribute to Mandela’s worldly attainments and to his otherworldly sainthood. Our event will feature readings from three of the issue’s contributors. Xolela Mangcu, one of Mandela’s most vocal South African critics, asks what it would look like to infuse Mandela’s anti-racial politics with a politics of racial justice and black power. Art historian Steven Nelson addresses the ubiquity of images of Nelson Mandela, suggesting that these pictures allow the viewer to share in the hope and reconciliation for which Mandela has come to stand, even as they risk obscuring our view of the real Mandela. Law professor Warren Binford examines post-colonial Africa’s pursuit of stringent laws protecting the rights of children, while reflecting upon the ideal of unity amidst enduring post-apartheid inequality.
Copies of this collectible issue of Transition will be on hand to purchase at a special one-night-only promotional price, with contributions from Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Pierre de Vos, and many more.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Book Store