25 April 2019

South Africa: Stellenbosch University Responds to Article On Cognitive Functioning in Coloured Women

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Stellenbosch University expresses its concern over 'the pain and anger' that a recent research paper has solicited within the academic community and broader society. The university says that as an institution it is opposed to racism, including intellectual racism or attributing cognitive capacities such as intelligence in terms of race, and reaffirms its support for academic freedom and critical debate.

Stellenbosch University would like to respond to the article Heteronormative stereotyping leads us down the path of cognitive dissonance by Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar, published by Daily Maverick on 23 April 2019.

Stellenbosch University acknowledges the importance of the rigorous academic discussion and critical debate that followed the publication of an article titled, "Age- and education-related effects on cognitive functioning in Coloured South African women", in a scientific journal on normal and dysfunctional development, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

"We are, however, concerned about the pain and anger that the article has solicited within the academic community and broader society," says Prof Eugene Cloete, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, at Stellenbosch University.

"As an institution, we are opposed to racism, including intellectual racism or attributing cognitive capacities such as intelligence in terms of race," he added.

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