Racism, whiteness and transformation

reforming the space of theological education in South Africa


As practical theologians, we are interested in the critical process of action and reflection with respect to how oppressive practices, theories and forms of knowledge are constructed and en-acted in an increasingly diverse and uneven world. In South Africa, race, ethnicity and national identity are important discussions that remain unfinished ecclesial business for churches and theological education alike. In considering how to reform space, body and politics, this chapter unpacks a research project on diversity, highlighting the embedded racism found within the sam-pled institutions enabled by whiteness and power discourses of resistance. Using a post-colonial lens, it underlines the challenge in unequal relationships of dominance, resistance and change in theological education and the need to recognize this complicity and to reflect on and act against embedded racism. Transformative remedies are required with a vision of inclusion that will posi-tively impact students, identity and transformation.