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University of Cape Town (UCT) scholar Dr Cara Stacey’s recreation of a 12th century water-powered perpetual flute provides intriguing insights into the work of early Islamic inventors; their fusion of craftsmanship and ingenious mechanics, and their contribution to the nascent field of robotics.
“Fall into the sky” is a documentary film that deals with issues of xenophobia, colourism and afrophobia in South Africa through the perspectives of black women, coloured women and women of colour. The documentary was produced by students at the Centre for Film and Media Studies.
After five years of hard work, Professor Adam Haupt and his co-editors, Dr. Quentin Williams (UWC) and H. Samy Alim (UCLA) are finally set to release their book Neva Again in April 2019. The book is about how Hip Hop is used by activist to develop critical literacy.
Dizu Plaatjies - South African College of Music's head of African Music: Practical Studies - has been awarded the ministerial Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS).
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