Every year, the Faculty of Humanities celebrates Madiba's birthday by extending a helping hand to a community in need. This year, staff spent Friday the 15th of July making sleeping bags for Cape Town's homeless as well as collating boxes of children's colouring books and crayons.
Tributes have been pouring in for Stephen Watson, Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Programme at UCT. Watson passed away at his home in the early hours of Sunday morning (10 April 2011) after a short battle with cancer. The following tribute has been compiled by his colleagues in the English department:
Dr Ian van Rooyen and Dr Rose Mantoa Smouse from the Humanities School of Languages and Literatures, in collaboration with Professor Derek Hellenberg of the Faculty of Health Sciences, represented their respective Faculties as recipients of the prestigious PanSALB Multilingualism Award in the Education category for the use of multilingualism in language policy and implementation in courses and study guides.
Professor John Higgins from UCT's English Department, was recently chosen as one of three international judges for the British Sociological Association/Sage Prize for the best and most innovative article appearing in the journal Cultural Sociology in 2010.
An unusually large proportion of the students who graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in the year 2001 went on to become noted, at times even notorious, artists in the South African and international art scene.
Paul Smit, who just completed his Honours in Philosophy, has been awarded the 2008 Keswick Prize for Lucidity. This annual University-wide award, sponsored by Sir Chips Keswick, is made to a fourth-year or Honours student, who has been judged to have written the most lucid essay on a technical subject without recourse to jargon.
A/Professor Shamil Jeppie of the Dept of Historical Studies has been invited by UNESCO to join its scientific committee to determine how best way to use its eight-volume General History of Africa for teaching purposes at schools and universities throughout the continent. He is one of ten Africa-based experts to have received this prestigious honour.
The faculty of humanities has more students than other faculty in the university. We have a total of 5147 students, marginally more than our closest rival, the commerce faculty, which has a total of 5008 registered students. We have 1,331 students registering for the first time, with a total of 3,847 undergraduates. Post-graduates total 891 and there are another 409 post-docs and occasional students.
A fascinating new book, Marking The Mind, A History of Memory, by Kurt Danziger, honorary professor in the UCT department of psychology, has just been published by Cambridge Press. Danziger, who was once exiled from South African for anti-apartheid activities,explores how different kinds of memories became important at different times. He gives a historical context to such themes as narratives of the self and short-term memory.
UCT dance lecturer Dr Eduard Greyling was awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Choreology last year. The Fellowship is the highest award given by the Royal Academy of Dance in London and has only been awarded forty times since its inception in 1966.