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International Conference on "Mixing Races"

University of Cape Town

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $30,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2005–November 30, 2006
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

This grant will allow the University of Cape Town to host an international conference on the political, cultural and economic issues related to the concept of "mixed races." Despite the ending of apartheid, ethnic conflicts and divisions remain, especially for coloreds – people of mixed descent. Sharing experiences with other countries and societies that have dealt with similar situations may help address racial and ethnic challenges in South Africa.Funding will support the conference, which will be held at the university in June 2005, bringing together scholars from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean coast of South America, the Caribbean islands, the Indian Ocean islands, and Asia. Scholars will be invited to present papers, lead sessions, and participate in discussion and debate on the dynamics of "mixed races." Conference proceedings will be published and disseminated to inform the public and policymakers of some of the challenges involved in making sure that people of mixed descent are given equal rights/opportunities.The university, founded in 1918, has been a Mott grantee since 1993.