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28 March 2013
Invite to-Women's and Gender Studies(UWC CHR)
With the recent publication of Xolela Mangcu's (2012) biography of Steve Biko, and in light of the proliferating use of Biko's name as a 'master-signifier' in post-apartheid discourse, it becomes possible to plot several versions of the Biko legacy. More important perhaps than an analysis of the various identifications and narrative agendas identifications that emerge in the key biographical accounts of Biko's life is the question of the relationship between the multiple contemporary versions of Biko. Added to this is the question of how 'creative non-fiction' might serve as a methodological resource that aids us in returning to key narrative events in the various accounts of Biko's life.

Derek Hook is a Reader in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics and Wits University. He is the author of Foucault, Psychology and the Analytics of Power (2007), A Critical Psychology of the Postcolonial (2011) and the forthcoming (Post)apartheid conditions. He is a trainee psychoanalyst at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London and a lead researcher in the Apartheid Archive Project at Wits University.