The Society for the history of the humanities held its eighth annual conference at UCT between November 21 and 23. The conference drew papers from scholars from Africa, Europe, North America and East Asia. This was the first time that the Soceity held its conference outside Europe or the US.
Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa, which is based in the Centre for African Studies (CAS)at UCT, hosted an international conference in the CAS Gallery, in collaboration with the Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and the Asian Africanist Network, comprising scholars based in South Korea, India and Japan. The theme of the conference was African Studies and Land Questions in Africa.
Chido Nyaruwata is a Masters in International Relations Student in the Political Studies Department, who has been awarded a partially funded internship with the Office of the Rector at the United Nations University in Tokyo. In order to take up the offer, she is crowdfunding to get there.
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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