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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘The Impossible Machine’

by Kasie Pleiness February 17, 2016

Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. In The Impossible Machine, Adam Sitze meticulously traces the origins of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) back to two well-established instruments of colonial and imperial governance: the jurisprudence of indemnity and the commission of inquiry. According to Sitze, “The point of construing the TRC as an ‘impossible machine’ is to accept, as a point of departure for the analysis of the TRC, the falsity of the antithesis between miracle and fraud, between enchantment with the TRC and disenchantment with it.” Sitze asserts […]

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World Cup Spotlight: South Africa

by University of Michigan Press June 16, 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is the 19th and current FIFA World Cup, the premier international association football tournament. It is being held in South Africa, beginning on 11 June and scheduled to conclude on 11 July 2010, matching the 2008 Summer Olympics as the sports event with the most competing nations. The final is forecast to be among the most-watched events ever, possibly behind only the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games. This is also the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa defeated Morocco and Egypt in an all-African […]

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Invictus and the Next 25 Years: Affirmative Action in the US and South Africa

by kris bishop December 28, 2009

The University of Michigan Press’ new release The Next Twenty-five Years explores an important branch of the continuing racial tensions portrayed in films like Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” (Latin for “unconquered”), launching a penetrating exploration of affirmative action’s continued place in 21st-century higher education in both the US and South Africa. The Next Twenty-five Years assembles the viewpoints of some of the most influential scholars, educators, university leaders, and public officials. Its comparative essays span the political spectrum and dissect debates in two nations to elucidate the legal, political, social, economic, and moral dimensions of affirmative action in higher education and its […]

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