What does the global fertility industry reproduce – apart from babies? Associate Professor Amrita Pande, a sociologist and feminist ethnographer at the University of Cape Town (UCT), seeks to answer this central question through her research on the global fertility market.
The Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa and the Unsettling Knowledge Production on Gendered and Sexual Violence Project hosted an exhibition which centres on the work that has come out of multiple projects exploring different intersecting violences. This exhibition brings together five years of participatory research engaged with different communities in capturing their negotiations of the varying terrains of violence.
A farewell event for Professor Johnn Higgins, Arderne Chair of Literature, was hosted at the Irma Stern Museum. At this event, Prof Higgins gave a lecture, 'The Professor of Received Ideas: knowledge versus opinion in a time of climate change'.
Professor Rajend Mesthrie, the SARChI Chair of of Migration, Language and Social Change, recently had a book brought out in his honour entitled, English in Multilingual South Africa. He also had his PhD thesis topic, which was reworked as his first book in 1991, republished this year (38 years later) in a prestigious volume by Routledge.
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.
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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