Academic institutions are where black intellectuals go to die

By Thabi Myeni Almost three years ago, I wrote an article titled, Dear Academia, Take Us Black. The article came after my first encounter with Fees Must Fall protest action. The observation I made was that UKZN’s academic staff had shut the blinds, got into their cars and drove off to God knows where “intellectuals” …

Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies?

Featured Image: Outside the University of Cape Town. Photo: Ian Barbour. By Robtel Neajai Pailey Black Opinion republishes this article on African studies in light of the conversations on the decolonisation of curricula in South Africa. Last week, I was invited by Eritrean-Ethiopian masters student Miriam Siun of Leiden University’s African Studies Centre to give one …