A trio of University of Cape Town (UCT) academics will share the UCT Creative Works Award this year: musicians Associate Professor Andrew Lilley and Associate Professor Dizu Plaatjies. from the Faculty of Humanities had this award conferred on them at the Humanities faculty graduation in December
Dr Nomusa Makhubu, an award-winning artist and a senior lecturer in art history at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is also a National Research Foundation-rated researcher, a recipient of a Mandela Mellon Fellowship and was a runner up in the 2017 South African Department of Science and Technology Women in Science Awards Her work encompasses academic research and the visual arts – photography and film, in particular – to explore ideas of gender, citizenship and what it means to be African. Earlier this year, she co-curated South Africa’s presentation at the Venice Biennale with Nkule Mabaso, who is also based at UCT.
While gangs are found all over the world, including in South Africa, gangsterism in Cape Town is a critical problem that needs urgent intervention. Part of the complexity in dealing with gang involvement is that research exploring why and how former gang members leave and stay out of gangs is sparse. Research by UCT PhD graduate Dr Jane Kelly from the Department of Psychology, sheds light on desistance from gangs and maintaining a reformed lifestyle
In recognition of his outstanding research on land reform and the democratisation of rural areas in the former Bantustans, in particular, the University of Leiden in the Netherlands will be presenting Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza with an honorary doctorate early in 2020.
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