Dr Yvette Greslé Guest Space Talk: The Ordinariness of Whiteness

Dr Yvette Greslé Guest Space Talk: The Ordinariness of Whiteness

Our December Guest Space Talk

In this guest talk for Race Reflections, I would like to meditate, as a white woman, who has lived in Johannesburg, the Indian Ocean Islands of Seychelles and London, on the ordinariness of racism. I will share, as a reader and a writer, an ongoing intellectual, psychological and emotional process of doing the work to unpick ordinary things. How do I live in this world with the knowledge of things I can’t unsee?

“My European ancestors were determined to see all kinds of superiority in European-ness and whiteness and all kinds of inferiority in African-ness and blackness. Were there any exceptions to this narrative? I have never encountered any. Racism, and the gradations of every kind of prejudice and dominance has always been a part of my life. It has always been there in all its mundanity and ordinariness. I have seen things with my own eyes. I have heard things with my own ears. I am a witness to its ordinariness.” – Yvette Greslé, Unearthed, Copy Press, 2019.


Yvette Greslé is a writer, teacher and art historian based in London. She holds a PhD from UCL and is currently a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her book Unearthed was published by Copy Press in October 2019 as part of their Common Intellectual series.  Twitter: @movinghistories

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Dec 21 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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