After a recent visit to universities in his home country leading South African intellectual Professor Xolela Mangcu, asks ‘How do we decolonise the curriculum when our young have created their own version of history – when there is no facticity?’ Earlier this month I took the distinguished African writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, on a tour […]
Image: White rhino in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa South Africa’s long-awaited statistical report on rhino poaching reveal a 10.3 per cent dip in the numbers illegally killed in 2016 compared to the previous year. However, the picture is far from straightforward, explains Professor Keith Somerville.
Image: Damara Zebras at Chudop waterhole, Etosha, Namibia. Wikimedia Commons Professor Henning Melber tries to find something that ‘the land of wide open spaces’, Namibia, can celebrate on its 27th anniversary of independence. Most visitors to Namibia are impressed. The beauty of the nature and wildlife is a tourist attraction. The inner cities appeal to foreigners […]
Mari Takayanagi has worked in the Parliamentary Archives in London in various roles including public services, outreach, preservation and access, since 2000. She has a particular interest in the history of women and parliament, and is currently involved in projects to mark 100 years of women and the vote in 2018, and women in the […]
Universities across the world have been witnessing an increase in student-led resistance to rightwing politics. However, this is not a new phenomenon says PhD student, Rahul Ranjan. In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shock election win, students across the US protested against the victory and any form of intolerant policies they believed rightwing politics are […]
In the first of a series of articles focusing on the growing hostility to journalistic independence across the Commonwealth, journalist and Africa analyst Martin Plaut, calls on the 52-nation group to take a more robust view on these new threats. Do they challenge democracy and human rights as much as freedom of speech? The Commonwealth […]
Image: © Matt Crossick To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, we asked five of the School of Advanced Study’s female academics – Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Professor Jane Winters, Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Dr Sarah Singer and Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex – what the day means to them, and how they are supporting other women.
We live in a world where labelling an activity, person, or group of people with the word ‘radicalism’ suggests something negative, abhorrent, aberrative and inherently dangerous. Such an understanding of these two words have perhaps always been true, although it is never the full story, say Dr Jordan Landes, Dr Mark Merry and Dr Matt Phillpott, the […]
Since the inauguration of President Trump sales of George Orwell’s 1984 have increased by 9,500 per cent, and at the time of publication it is still at the top of Amazon’s American best seller lists. But what might new readers learn from it?, asks Dr Marc Patrick Wiggam, a research fellow at the Institute of […]
Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles: ©Avillfoto / Shutterstock Yellow-gold swagged curtains, glimpsed in the first pictures from the Trump administration’s official duties in the Oval Office, have fuelled speculation over whether America’s new president will bring his signature taste in interior design to the White House. Robert Wellington, lecturer in art history and visual culture at […]