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Economist with broad interests: applied micro, methodology, education, public finance, philosophy, etc. Pluralist. Tweets RSA policy, public interest, academic.
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on the periphery Sep 17
Great, in principle. But in practice: since Parliament sat on this for *two years*, it's pretty obvious how one should interpret their giving the public *one week* to make submissions.
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on the periphery Sep 17
Live streaming of George Bizos's funeral here:
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on the periphery Sep 17
I'll give Daily Maverick one thing: they're consistently studious in harvesting insights from my writing on the PBO while pretending not to, and playing 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' in relation to misconduct in the Office:
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on the periphery Sep 16
Replying to @peripheralecon
As a result, I'm sceptical about the chances of substantive change. Anyway, the funniest thing about the original remark is that many who hold attitudes about 'scientific scholarship' being opposed to decolonisation typically have limited capacity to understand either... n/n
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on the periphery Sep 16
Replying to @peripheralecon
On the other hand, various opportunists are quite happy to jump on the bandwagon to the extent that it suits them. Notably, they engage in outward posturing (for career advancement) but predictably little/none of the difficult/unpopular institutional work required 6/n
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on the periphery Sep 16
Replying to @peripheralecon
While the reinvigoration of research and other activities on decolonisation may have been stimulated by RhodesMustFall in SA, there remains significant resistance and hostility to even quite mild advocacy for change in various disciplines & institutions. 5/n
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on the periphery Sep 16
Replying to @peripheralecon
That is also one reason why, despite the fact the remark was made in a public forum, I'm not going to name the scholar or institution - personalising it would distract from the fact that it represents a broader spectrum of attitudes. 4/n
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on the periphery Sep 16
Replying to @peripheralecon
In my experience, it's an accurate indicator of attitudes of a number of academics doing economic history & related work in SA. However, some younger scholars are more savvy & have realised that getting public&donor money requires a more apparently progressive outlook. 3/n
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on the periphery Sep 16
Replying to @peripheralecon
The remark was made in the context of a meeting where it was argued that decolonisation was no longer an issue that needed high-level attention and the relevant committee should be dissolved 2/n
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on the periphery Sep 16
This remark (made this year) by a senior *economic historian* at a South African university about decolonisation is a nice illustration of some prevailing attitudes 1/n
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on the periphery Sep 14
Some thoughts on the shortlist for the position of Director of the South African Parliamentary Budget Office: The post has been vacant for two years...
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JIAS Sep 12
Webinar Invitation JIAS invites you to participate in the webinar titled: "Decolonial Heritage Education and implications for liberation. Date: 17 September 2020 Time: 15:00-17:00 RSVP on to receive the Zoom link and password.
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on the periphery Sep 11
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Surer Mohamed Sep 11
There were several wars in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim civilians died.
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on the periphery Sep 11
Worth reading (for those of us concerned about these issues in the South African academy):
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on the periphery Sep 10
Another unsubstantiated claim from a not-especially credible source. If the analysis is worth front-page headlines (), put it in the public domain and let's see if it holds-up to scrutiny. Otherwise should just be treated as attention seeking (at best).
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on the periphery Sep 9
As I was saying a little while back about the reporting on those Covid-19 vaccine trials, which read like hyperbolic university press releases...
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on the periphery Sep 9
Replying to @peripheralecon
E.g. on the non-sexual harassment side: 'ought to know that [the action] inspires reasonable belief that harm may be caused' Like aggressively touching or pushing a journalist, presumably?
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on the periphery Sep 9
Reminded that wider knowledge in South Africa of the (welcome) breadth of the Protection from Harassment Act (2011) would be great...
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on the periphery Sep 8
Meanwhile, in the water sector... "Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project...should have been finished...But because of delays...Gauteng and surrounding areas are now at risk of potentially calamitous water restrictions until at least 2026."
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