It’s South Africa’s current destiny to be the society of the spectacle, the country of extremes, from Nelson Mandela’s long death and funeral to Oscar Pistorius’ trial for murder. Behind the headlines, though, is a depth of engagement that is often remarkable and frequently of far wider significance. One of these areas is 20 years of dealing with HIV, AIDS and their consequences.
As we continue to expand our work in Digital Futures, one of our areas of focus will be the use of new technologies in the health professions. Over the next few years, the digital revolution will transform all aspects of health care. Our focus will be on the patient; on how each of us as an individual gains access to the best health care possible.
Recent developments in Radiography show both what new digital technologies can do and the complexity of innovation in specialised areas of health.
I’ve been in Cape Town for a brief period of study leave. I was able to tag on to the launch of a new book, Risk in academic writing: Postgraduate students, their teachers and the making of knowledge, edited by Lucia Thesen and Linda Cooper and published in Bristol by Multilingual Matters.
Lucia and Linda are, respectively, with the Centre for Higher Education Development and the School of Education at the University of Cape Town, and they’ve brought together a provocative set of chapters by an international group of practitioners who are interested in the antimonies of writing a dissertation. Read more…..
In 1996, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o gave the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University, insisting on art as an ever-present performance space in counterpoint to established power and authority. Although he didn’t use the terminology, Ngũgĩ was setting out an ecology for cultural knowledge, in which cultural institutions (universities, theatres, galleries, cinemas, museums) have a vital role, working together in partnership. And this is what universities, galleries, museums and other arts organisations were talking about in Liverpool at the Arts Council’s colloquium on universities, arts and cultural partnerships.
Try snapping your fingers in a cupboard with the doors closed. Then go into a big empty space and click them again; it’s a much better effect. The difference in effect is due to the complex ways in which sounds move through space. The science is captured in the Green’s Function, which is named after 19th century Nottingham mathematician George Green, and which describes the propagation of sound waves from a source, your snapping fingers, to a receiver point – your ear. Read more…..