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Peter Vale

Peter Vale

Professor of Humanities and the Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), University of JohannesburgPeter Vale is Professor of Humanities and is the Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Apartheid spy Williamson’s dark heart exposed
Apartheid spy Williamson’s dark heart exposed
One can judge a book’s bleakness by the photograph on its cover. The Mephistophelean figure holding a teacup is Craig Williamson: police...
The pressure to publish is punitive: systems that control publishing choke creativity
The pressure to publish is punitive: systems that control publishing choke creativity
The southern hemisphere’s cold weather is a certain signal that the winter conference season is upon us.
Say it in plain (African) language
Say it in plain (African) language
Why have students of African languages diminished so drastically in the post-apartheid period? Is this because of the dominance of English,...
It's time SA's foreign policy was driven by ideas (again)
It's time SA's foreign policy was driven by ideas (again)
Understanding South Africa’s foreign policy has proved elusive these 20-odd years past.
The lesson of 2010 has not been learnt
The lesson of 2010 has not been learnt
NEWS ANALYSIS
What South Africa will be sacrificing by hosting the Commonwealth Games
What South Africa will be sacrificing by hosting the Commonwealth Games
As a sports fan, I was disappointed to find myself thinking more about economics than track-and-field events after hearing that the South African...
Build new communities of knowledge
Build new communities of knowledge
Of the many slights that neoliberalism has visited on higher education, the attack on the idea of community is the least understood. The measure of...
Wanted: Leaders to heal SA
Wanted: Leaders to heal SA
LEADERSHIP
The old Wall fell, but new ones rise up
The old Wall fell, but new ones rise up
When the Berlin Wall came down, 25 years ago, I was in Lusaka, Zambia.
'Fight back!' Universities must put teaching at their front and centre
'Fight back!' Universities must put teaching at their front and centre
It is fashionable these days to suggest that the university has reached the end of one of its lives. What do you think underlies this...
Nusas, justice and rock 'n roll
Nusas, justice and rock 'n roll
What has happened to South Africa’s white left?