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Event date and time: 01/01/2019 08:02:28

Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (D. Phil.), author and public scholar, has joined the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). As Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, she is responsible for the research programme at CANRAD. 

Her accredited publications include the monographs Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa (2017, UKZN Press) and White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party (2007, Zebra Press), and articles in African Studies and Critical Philosophy of Race.

Recent accredited book chapters include contributions to The Intersections of Whiteness (2018, Routledge) and to Transforming Transformation in Research and Teaching at South African Universities (2018, African SUN Media). Popular writing involves, most recently, chapters in Nasty Women Talk Back – Feminist Essays on the Global Women’s Marches (2018, Imbali) and Die Braambos Bly Brand. Nie-Teoloë se Perspektiewe op Bybelverse [The Bramble Keeps Burning. Non-Theologians’ Perspectives on Bible Verses] (Naledi, 2018).

Her public scholarship appears in News24, The Conversation, Daily Maverick, Sunday Times and Netwerk24, among others, and she regularly engages in radio and TV debates, including RSG, Radio 702/567, SAfm, SABC 3, BBC and Al-Jazeera.

Prof van der Westhuizen has served as an expert on several global initiatives, including as gender specialist at the Joint Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union in Dakar, as an expert on globalisation and gender for the World Communion of Reformed Churches, and on a high-level fact-finding mission to Palestine.

Her working life started at the anti-apartheid weekly newspaper Vrye Weekblad and she previously worked as Political Correspondent in Parliament and as Associate Editor with the international news agency Inter Press Service. She received the Mondi Paper Newspaper Award for her political column writing.

She has held associateships with the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, Free State University, and the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), University of Cape Town, among others, and previously worked as Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria.