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Monday, March 27, 2017 - 13:30

Leading African scholar Professor Eghosa Emmanuel Osaghae is the first of the 2017 Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professors at the University of Cape Town. The Visiting Professorships are located in the Departments of Political Studies and Sociology. Humanities News asked the incumbent about his decision to return to the University of Cape Town and, about his plans for his two-month term.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 15:45

This year’s Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival line-up boasted an impressive 56 local productions. Featuring drama, musical theatre, comedy and much more, the 2017 event was bigger and better than ever before. This was the seventh year of an event designed to showcase South Africa’s theatrical talent.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 15:30

A bilateral agreement between the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics and Political Science will see a new cohort of students obtaining qualifications from both tertiary institutions. Successful applicants will spend a year in London and Cape Town, deepening their knowledge of contemporary global media industries and on completion, will earn two internationally recognized postgraduate degrees.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 15:30

Professor Rajend Mesthrie has been awarded a BRICS-related NIHSS grant for joint India-South Africa research on language and culture. Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics, at the University of Cape Town. He holds one of the four DST SARCHi Research Chairs in the Faculty of Humanities.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 15:15

In March, UCT School of Dance hosted an innovative arts education project titled ‘Red Apples, Green Apples’ aimed at teaching school children about the effects of climate change and environmental issues using the media of dance, visual arts and design.  This initiative formed part of a collaborative research project involving the University of Cape Town, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the Peter Clarke Arts Centre. 

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 14:30

On the morning of the 21st of February 1917, a South African navy vessel the SS Mendi collided with the SS Darro, a larger cargo ship travelling at high speed through thick fog on the English Channel. Of the 800 troops on board the SS Mendi, 616 drowned as a result of the collision. 607 of these were South African black recruits.  This year, the Centre for African Studies (CAS) is hosting a series of commemorative events in order to pay tribute to these South Africans.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 14:30

Mr. Zweledinga Pallo Jordan paid an impromptu visit to Upper Campus on Monday, 13 March. He is the eldest child of the late Professor Archibald Campbell and Dr. Phyllis Priscilla “Nogqaza” Ntantala-Jordan, both of whom have deep connections to the University of Cape Town. The Humanities Arts Block was officially renamed the AC Jordan Building in August 2014.

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 14:00

In 2016, the Centre for Film and Media Studies hosted its first African Filmmaking Fellowship. The programme is designed to ensure Africa’s next generation of talented filmmakers by training academics and postgraduate students in film, media and journalism.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 16:15

Welcome all Humanities Students!    

UCT Faculty of Humanities is one of largest faculties at the University of Cape Town and a leading institution on the African continent. In making the decision to study here, you have chosen to be part a dynamic, creative and multicultural community where innovation and diversity are prioritized and where personal growth and intellectual stimulation are guaranteed.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 12:15

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) of South Africa. These annual awards recognise the contribution of women in the fields of education, social entrepreneurship, and science and technology. Professor Phakeng is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Cape Town.


Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 15:30

During the June vacation, nine members of the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra visited Mozambique. They were hosted by well-known musician, teacher and UCT alumnus Matchume Zango. The trip was part of a cultural learning exchange initiated by the students, made possible by South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the South African College of Music and through student fundraising efforts.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 15:15

Meg Rickard’s new gritty film ‘Tess’ is receiving rave reviews from the local and international film community. Adapted from Tracey Farren’s award winning novel ‘Whiplash’, the film tells the story of a 20-year old Muizenberg sex worker and drug addict whose life is turned upside down by an unexpected pregnancy and, sexual violence. Rickards is an award-winning South African filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. She is also an alumnus of the University of Cape Town.