Academic Freedom and the Social Responsibilities of Academics in Tanzania

Academic Freedom and the Social Responsibilities of Academics in Tanzania

Edited by Chachage Seithy L. Chachage

When the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics was made in the early 1990s, African higher-education systems were in a serious, multi-dimensional and long-standing crisis. Hand-in-hand with the imbalances and troubles that rocked and ruined African economies, the crisis in academia was characterised by the collapse of infrastructures, inadequate teaching personnel and poor staff development and motivation. It was against this background that the questions of academic freedom and the responsibilities and autonomy of institutions of higher-learning were raised in the Dar es Salaam Declaration. In February 2005, the University of Dar es Salaam Staff Association (UDASA), in cooperation with CODESRIA, organised a workshop to bring together the staff associations of some public and private universities in Tanzania, in order to renew their commitment to the basic principles of the Dar es Salaam Declaration and its sister document - the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility. The workshop was also aimed at re-invigorating the social commitment of African intellectuals. The papers included in this volume reflect the depth and potentials of the debates that took place during the workshop. The volume is published in honour of Chachage Seithy L. Chachage, who was an active part of the workshop but unfortunately died in 2006.

ISBN 9782869782433 | 104 pages | 229 x 152 mm | 2008 | CODESRIA, Senegal | Paperback

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About the Editor

Chachage Seithy L. Chachage

Chachage Seithy L. Chachage was a Professor of Sociology and Chairman of the University of Dar es Salaam Staff Association. He has published extensively on Sociology, and written many novels in Swahili. Until his death on 9th July 2006, Professor Chachage was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), which he had served in several other capacities, including as Chair of its Scientific Committee.

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