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A group of approximately 75 concerned staff met today to discuss the crisis within our university and higher education sector.

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James Ferguson opened the fourth seminar theme on ‘Kinship, Ethics, And The Everyday In South Africa’ with an excerpt of a chapter from his latest book called ‘Give a Man a Fish…

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Presenters’ texts from the recent panel discussion on 4 June 2015

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The Indexing the Human panel discussion on the 14th of May 2015 guided its audience…

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On 30 April 2015, Professor Achille Mbembe gave a brilliant talk on ways to decolonise the university now. It was part of a series of talks he has given recently at Wits, UCT, and Stellenbosch. Professor Sarah Nuttall gave comments on the talk and opened a series of critical questions after the talk.

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The student-led Open Stellenbosch movement invited Indexing the Human to contribute to the dialogue at the Rooiplein on 13 May 2015.

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Here is a short interview with Premesh Lalu on 2 April 2015, after his talk at Stellenbosch University.

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Last Thursday Andrew Bank presented a thought-provoking seminar in which he challenged the more commonly accepted notions of the academic and state servant Werner Eiselen.

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Prof Edgar Pieterse’s extensive work and publications as a scholar and director of the African Centre for Cities at UCT follows two tracks: one that is theoretical and aimed at understanding the messy reality of contemporary (South) African cities, the other that is applied and is aimed at coming up with solutions to make this reality more just…

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Why is it important that a disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPC) recently found Dr Wouter Basson guilty of unethical conduct in relation to the work he did as head of the apartheid state’s chemical and biological warfare programme?

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‘Rainbow Nation’: a term created by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and used by Nelson Mandela to describe the perceived peace, freedom and unity in post-apartheid South Africa….

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Saul Dubow, professor of African History at Queen Mary, University of London, led a seminar titled “The stubborn persistence of ‘race’ in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa”…

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“Yesterday’s science is today’s ideology”, said Professor Saul Dubow[1]. “And today’s truth is tomorrow’s common sense”, added Dr Thomas Cousins. Scientific ‘truth’ is produced, political and needs to be challenged, said Dubow. Knowledge needs to be relativized…

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Cross-over musician Salif Keita once boldly stated that it is up to this generation to betray the one before it….

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The launch of Indexing the Human at the Sasol Museum in Stellenbosch drew together an eclectic mix of people from all over….

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Keith Breckenridge’s recent talk “The Book of Life: The South African Population Register and the Invention of Racial Descent, 1950-1980” at Stellenbosch University forms part of the Indexing the Human seminar…

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Inaugural lecture of the Mellon-funded Indexing the Human seminar series (2014-2015). Peter Redfield’s presentation was enticing and engaging both as intellectual stimulation and entertainment.

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