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The Neoliberal Attack on the Humanities

Wednesday 26 October 2011, 16:00 - 17:30
Conference Auditorium 2


The Neoliberal Attack on the Humanities:
A Report from South Africa’s Front Line

Professor Peter Vale

Professor of Humanities, University of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Professor of Politics Emeritus, Rhodes University, South Africa


Formerly in the School of Government and Professor of Social Theory at the University of the Western Cape, Professor Vale’s former appointments also include Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University; UNESCO Professor of African Studies at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; and Professor of Southern African Studies at UWC. Between 1999 and 2001, he was Acting Vice-Rector and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the same institution.

More recently, Peter Vale has been the co-chair of a panel which has reported on the state of the Humanities in South Africa . This report was issued by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He remains active in the politics around the Humanities in the country.

Vale's academic work reflects a forceful engagement with the theory and practice of social relations beginning with his interest in international relations and politics.  Aside from academic writing, Professor Vale is an energetic contributor to the popular media.

We are delighted to welcome Peter to Leeds and hope that you will consider joining us for his talk.