Author

 
John Higgins

John Higgins

    Provisional truth is good enough
    Provisional truth is good enough
    ‘He came rushing into the university cafeteria, with his wild Einsteinian hair, shouting and punching the air excitedly: ‘Yes! They are there!...
    Universities and state control: Cloudy days for academic freedom
    Universities and state control: Cloudy days for academic freedom
    Academic freedom is given an unusually privileged place in the Constitution – one of the few worldwide that both explicitly does so and pledges...
    Recolonising the humanities?
    Recolonising the humanities?
    Academic debates can often be confusing for the general reader, and this is the case with some the arguments around academic freedom taken up in...
    Gerwel: ‘Class progress or class war?’
    Gerwel: ‘Class progress or class war?’
    In the current wave of populism, one has to ask whether the idea and practice of nonracism really takes the central position in national...
    Dilemma of the humanities
    Dilemma of the humanities
    The humanities in South Africa are caught between a rock and a hard place.
    Academics need to shout louder if they are to survive
    Academics need to shout louder if they are to survive
    There is a special kind of British humour that is very good at locating the absurd in everyday life. It draws our attention to much of what we take...
    Too many chiefs
    Too many chiefs
    The recent Stakeholder Summit on Higher Education rightly argued the need for a national conversation on the future development of higher education...
    Reproducing mediocrity
    Reproducing mediocrity
    "When do you go back to work?" asks an in-law, over a New Year's Day braai, curious about the apparent peculiarities of academic life.
    The anti-realists of academe
    The anti-realists of academe
    "What did you bring to read?": the usual question I put to my academic guests. For renowned Marxist critic Terry Eagleton's week of classes at the...
    Inefficient efficiency
    Inefficient efficiency
    A significant tension -- if not downright contradiction -- is at work in the on­going transformation of South Africa's university system. Under...
    A separate development
    A separate development
    South African-born Christopher Hope has lived in Europe since 1974. Heaven Forbid, his seventh novel, takes us back to the Johannesburg of...