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The IDCPPA held a one-day conference which aimed at creating a research platform to assess the challenges facing the African Union (AU) as it approaches 20 years of existence. It interrogated the myth and reality of the continental body’s achievements; i.e., the extent to which it has succeeded in addressing Africa’s challenges.
Dr Faisal Garba, from the Department of Sociology, is currently setting up the structures for the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration, Inequality and Development Hub, to lead the project's research in South Africa. The project hopes to study African migration and migration in the Global South on their own terms.
South Africa’s preeminent hip hop scholar Professor Adam Haupt, who is based at UCT’s Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS), drew parallels between the music industry and scholarship at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Wednesday, 31 July. He was delivering the third Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture for the year, titled “Remixing scholarship: Hip hop, the humanities and knowledge production”.
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