understanding academic writing – starting the PhD

Writing is a crucial aspect of doctoral work – indeed all the scholarly work you will undertake from now on. Writing is integral to scholarship. Whether you are in or out of higher education, if you are researching, you are writing. Writing and its associated activities reading and talking, are the major ways in which … Continue reading understanding academic writing – starting the PhD

Co-written piece on Cosmopolitanism and Plurilingual Education with Dr. Suresh Canagarajah

The Routledge Handbook of Plurilingual Language Education is out now. It includes a co-written chapter by me and Dr. Suresh Canagarajah "Cosmopolitanism and Plurilingual Traditions: Learning from South Asian and Southern African Practices of Intercultural Communication". It seems to be available to read on Google books for now, which is cool. In the chapter we … Continue reading Co-written piece on Cosmopolitanism and Plurilingual Education with Dr. Suresh Canagarajah

Inter-African Diversity between Africans and African-Americans — Free Black Space

I can hear my daughter's voice in my head talking about appropriating culture. She's what I think they call a millenial.  I am not sure exactly what that means; but every time I replay the memory I hear in her voice a statement about cultural sensitivity.My years in the black bookstores taught me a lot…Inter-African Diversity … Continue reading Inter-African Diversity between Africans and African-Americans — Free Black Space

Mystification and Idealism in Higher Education

When my mind wonders, which is often, I end up fixating on the significance of such architecture and design. What do these grand buildings mean? Why are they here in the middle of sheep fields where the air can souped with the odor of manure on humid afternoons? Why are those of us who live here do so with such a sense of purpose and pretension about our urbanity and sophistication?