Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who died in 2013, wrote stories that offer students from all disciplines valuable insights about the world they want to fix one day.
Students of the social and political sciences can benefit enormously from being taught literature, short stories and watching artistic feature films.
An exhibition about France’s long history in Algeria.
France's colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.
A student beats the statue of Cecil John Rhodes with a belt as it is removed from the University of Cape Town.
The Randlords left a big dilemma in their wake: contemporary South Africa is not sure whether to thank them for bringing civilisation, or to curse them for complicating future race relations.
Rhodes was an ardent white supremacist who believed Africans to be inferior. He intended his scholarships to be for white males only. This has since fallen away.
Young South Africans are angry with the failure of the country to deal with racism.
The central thrust of Haffajee's book is compelling. It argues that black South Africans, especially the new generation of young, black ‘born frees' are obsessed with whiteness and white privilege.
Fante Artists, Gold Coast, Africa, Asafo Flag 3, c.1900-40.
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The Tate's latest exhibition, Artist and Empire, is long overdue.
What is the history of the Thanksgiving dinner?
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902, Library of Congress
At a time when America feels divided and families face rifts, the history of Thanksgiving offers lessons in unity, generosity and faith.
When do we head to Wembley?
How India's prime minister secured a rehabilitation from a legacy of post-colonial violence.
Students want change. Universities want autonomy. Is there a middle ground?
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Many universities in East and West Africa lost their autonomy during the 1980s and 1990s and became handmaidens of the state. What insights can their experiences offer for South Africa?
Gabriel Kenny, aged five, gets to grips with Mandarin characters as part of a US school program.
There is a new potential coloniser on South Africa's linguistic block. From 2016, Mandarin will be taught in schools – and this will see African languages bumped even further down the pecking order.
Workers in a bank watch as Occupy Wall Street protesters march in New York as part of the populist movement protesting economic inequality.
The Marikana tragedy has indicated the violent nature of the struggles over resources and income shares. Inequality must be fought because it perpetuates social injustice.
Now becoming a saint…
The canonization of an 18th century Spanish priest is causing controversy given the suffering of Native Americans in California's missions. But there's a bigger issue at stake here for the church.
Ah, Twitter. So quick to bear arms in righteous indignation. But so quick, too, to forget. This week “the internet”, which term has usurped what used to be known as “public opinion”, is upset about some…
Prime ministers Gough Whitlam and Michael Somare at the Papua New Guinea independence ceremony in September 1975.
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Australian colonial rule and its legacy tend to be neglected, but as Papua New Guinea marks 40 years of independence the nation is still living with the consequences.
Europe always prefers to overlook its colonial past – but now it's becoming unavoidable.
Marshal Admiral Yamamoto’s bunker in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, which was the wartime headquarters of the Japanese in the south-west Pacific.
The Pacific War played out as a colonial war in the Pacific. It was brutal for non-combatant civilians in its path, and its impact epitomised the dehumanising capacity of both war and colonialism.
The mobilisation of women has taken on many forms across the continent.
Writing about the women’s and feminist movements is a definitional minefield. The two are often conflated, more so in Africa.
Koh-i-Noor in its current setting.
Amid renewed debate over Britain's colonial debt to India, John MacKenzie discusses the history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond and discusses other Indian treasures that remain in British ownership.
A family in 1939 displays both Hinomaru and the Rising Sun Flag.
The Confederate flag isn't the only one with a violent past.
Mourners in Charleston, SC.
The killing of nine people in Charleston's AME Church was motivated by racism, first and foremost, but also sexism.