The Department of History at Addis Ababa University in Focus
“Today’s students must avoid falling into the trap of becoming graduate clones. Daring to spend your higher education years doing something you may not do for the rest of your life might just pay off after all.“
When Collin Powell was at the point in his life to have a university education, considering the condition of poverty they are in, though with materialistic emphasis, his mother Ari advised young Powell to go to the School of Engineering. She said to him: “You should go to the school of engineering. That is where the money is man.”
Governments having a difficulty in preaching their political gospels and suffering from their alter egos order the closure of the arts and humanities departments: Music, Theatrical Arts, Philosophy, History, Political Science…giving the argument, “for now we are busy feeding millions, constructing millions, enriching millions, sanitizing millions,……millions” though with insufficient grounds and criteria of appropriateness. Despite the path they followed to become the men in power using political propaganda, legal justifications, religious zeal, artistic reasoning, moral manipulation, historical reviews, their tendency to remember the distant past with all its values, contexts, essences, master minds and dons is lacking. Simply, they are afraid of their imaginations of the past, the traumatized alter egos. They don’t want to remember those bygone days through the arts and the humanities, though they are barely running away from their pain immersed into the lake of consolations of the arts and the humanities. The major argument here is: we are the thinking class for you, you need not worry. We do all the thinking, while you are doing all the taxing, working, obeying, keeping silent…etc. There could be no development without our philosophy, the philosophy of fetishism.
Academicians within these schools by themselves are dumbstruck, when it comes to the shutting down of the very departments they were teaching in for more than a generation. They run out of arguments to convince anyone with an inquiry as to their very existence. They lose the words used for arguing in favor of the values they are adding to the social capital.
Poor families and the ignorati have a fervent belief in the idea that, if they could send their children to the career-choice rich departments , they could go #Eureka, they could debunk the secret behind their bone-chilling destitution. The sad story here is, those family-purpose-laden youth are without their own self-tailored beliefs, aspirations and values. They are rather taken as one way ticket to “redemption”, freedom from material deprivation, though not from freedom from fear or freedom for self-development. What they must bear in mind, the youth that joins universities with this Avatar Project: a family hypnotized brain full of other worldly ideas and practices., from outside the subjective sphere of the youth’s free will is nothing more than mass enslavement at the detriment of human values and beliefs.
Below are three such academic amputations so far:
- The Cuts in Philosophy Department at Middlesex University (2010) in which famous figures like Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek and others urged the dean of the campus to reverse its decision to cut off the discipline.
- A Petition by Kim Causier, Spain against the closure of the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Salford .
- Students Protest Closure of Humanities at Queensland University of Technology, School of Humanities (13 March 2013)