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.
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute for Creative Arts has again teamed up with curator Jay Pather to present Infecting the City 2019, a six-day festival of public arts that will transform the city between 18 and 24 November.
South Africa is witnessing a perfect storm, a concerted onslaught of violence – especially against women and children – xenophobia and the breakdown of law and order. And while none of this is new, if left unchecked it will continue into the next millennium, Dr Mandla Langa warned.
Dr Chris Ouma – a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – pursues research that looks at African and African diasporic literature. He is co-editor of the journal Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies.
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