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Simphiwe Nolutshungu, a lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Literatures, has been awarded the Poetry Award by the South African Literary Awards (SALA) for his book, Iingcango Zentliziyo. His book has been hailed by judges as a moving collection of isiXhosa poetry.
While language has the capacity to engender great pride, it too often also “does the dirty work of boundary creation and maintenance”, setting the stage for Afrophobia.
That is the warning from University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate Ivan Katsere, a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, whose research into the “politics of language” has alerted him to its potential to entrench a harmful “us and them” scenario.
As the largest faculty on campus, the Faculty of Humanities is home to more than 6000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students annually. Currently 43 countries are represented in our student body. We attract students and academics from across the globe which means exposure to a rich diversity of knowledge, experience and best practice.
Research and Teaching
UCT Faculty of Humanities has a reputation for demanding excellence from our staff and students. We are home to some of South Africa's most celebrated intellectuals, including: award-winning composers and singers; renowned artistic directors and literary critics; world famous novelists and poets; national policy makers and advisors to government; sought-after economists; and highly respected social science researchers.
We produce exceptional young people who possess imagination, insight, mental agility and analytical skills. As a result of these attributes, our graduates are highly sought after both locally and abroad. Most of our students advance to postgraduate study which further enhances their skills and employment opportunities. A Humanities qualification prepares you for a multitude of career paths in the public sector, corporate workplace and in academia.
In the Humanities, we teach our students to be analytical, to question, to engage in ‘out of the box’ thinking, to ask the difficult questions and to use their imagination in solving real world problems. If this sounds exciting, then you will definitely thrive in this environment and you will enjoy your time with us. Harry Garuba Dean of Humanities