Christine Ro’s reviews The Next Generation of Scientists for Environment & Urbanization, a leading environmental and urban studies journal:
“It’s challenging, of course, to generalize scientists’ experiences across the entire African continent. Yet this book, based on a four-year study and over 250 interviews, draws out some commonalities among them, as well as some issues that are even more broadly applicable…
The Next Generation of Scientists in Africa, was launched at Stellenbosch University (SU) on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, during an international conference on science communication. It reveals the career aspirations and research performance of scientists younger than 40 years across the African continent. The book highlights the barriers that are limiting their career progression and make recommendations to nurture research talent and deliver future science leaders.
Prof. Liezel Frick reviews Going to University in the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa (JSAA): “Going to University: The influence of Higher Education on the lives of young South Africans (Case, Marshall, McKenna & Mogashana, 2017) provides a much-needed reason for hope and respite amidst the turmoil. […] The contribution of Going to University forces the reader to (re-)consider the current university sector’s potential to nurture the creative potential of students, which requires time, resources and space for more flexible programme structures, improved student support structures, an investment in developing creative higher education pedagogies, as well as research that may not have an immediate and applied impact.”
Read the full review here.
Jenni Case reviews Castells in Africa for the journal Higher Education:
“In these current times of fast paced publication and limited attention to yesterday’s news, of heated and polarized debates and too many op-eds, this book is unusual and interesting. It is the record of a sustained and serious academic conversation carried out over nearly 20 years, between a group of South African scholars engaged in thinking about the future of higher education, and a prominent and provocative international scholar. … This book is really useful for the care with which it reports on a long and evolving conversation, and the coherence in the suite of ideas that underpin the work. In the opening chapter of the book, the authors do note that some of their underpinning assumptions around the “knowledge economy” remain “contentious” (p. 6) but they do not elaborate much on the contentions. I am left wondering whether the book would have been enriched by including more of the debate with those who have disagreed with or ignored the work framed by Castells and his perspective. Maybe that is a task for a further book in the African Higher Education Dynamics series published by African Minds! Either way, these editors in their thoughtful assembly of the Castells lectures and their engagement with these have offered us very useful and timely food for thought.”
Sioux McKenna writes in The Conversation about the findings from their study tracking the influence of higher education on young people’s lives, and published by African Minds in Going to University. She concludes that “While universities can’t attend to all societal problems, the data would suggest that institutions have some role to play in forging social cohesion among their own staff and student body.”
Read the full article here.
John Brown Childs, Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz, writes about Cape Town Harmonies:
I have benefited from your openness to hearing the sounds, sights, and deep currents being expressed in the musics of the Cape Town Malay Choirs and Klopse.
I greatly appreciate and have learned much from this openness to the physicality and the alert mindful creativity of those who make this music that emerges from both universality and “locatable distinctiveness”.
Moreover, your emphasis on “cultural practices” as a wide “gamut of reactions to oppression, many of them pervaded by ambivalence”, is very illuminating. Indeed “ambivalence” is much too underrated in the social sciences. The ways in which the Choirs navigate countervailing currents is quite remarkable.
The ability of both of you to be there, to experience these “local imaginaries” presents your readers with a wonderful multi-dimensional, richly flavoured comprehension of this Cape Town world, for which I thank you.
I would also like to thank you for the chapter on appropriation. It is a very helpful analytical overview that will be useful in several discussions with which I am involved.