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Title:From Neo-Liberalism to Pan-Africanism: Towards Reconstructing an Eastern African Discourse
Author:Shivji, Issa
Year:2006
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Issue:61
Pages:108-118
Language:English
Geographic terms:Kenya
Tanzania
Uganda
Subjects:communication
intellectuals
academics
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
nationalism
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v061/61.1shivji.pdf
Abstract:The author reviews the state of interaction between the universities in East Africa so far as intellectual debate is concerned. He sketches the East African academic discourse and its political context in the nationalist period of the 1960s and 1970s. In 1971, the overthrow of Obote in Uganda and the dissolution of the East African University, which had incorporated the three campuses of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya) and Makerere (Uganda), into separate universities, heralded the disintegration of the East African discourse. Neoliberalism made its entry into the three East African countries through the various structural adjustment programmes of the early 1980s. As a result of the commodification and marketization of higher education the intellectual discourse, which is the lifeline of any vibrant university, has virtually disappeared. The author advocates the reinvention of an Eastern African discourse, this time one rooted in genuine Pan-Africanism. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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