At this critical historical conjuncture in South Africa, at the very precipice of tumultuous social change, multiple forces converge onto the stage of higher education in South Africa. This is a national stage where ordinary university lecturers are asked to rethink inherited logics, and what it means to work with students in and out of classrooms. By attending to emerging voices in higher education, and the work of imaginative and critical pedagogies, decolonial debates around curricula and language, affective learning, and the politics of belonging and exclusion, this project seeks to represent the national landscape of higher education in South Africa. To this end, scholars Susan Levine, Shose Kessi, and Vivienne Bozalek set out to edit a theoretical volume titled After the Eruption: Reflections on Higher Education in South Africa, which will draw together over twenty essays from a new generation of university lecturers in the aftermath of the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall social movements. The book follows closely on the heels of the newly released volume At the Foot of the Volcano; Reflections on Higher Education (2018), edited by Susan Levine.