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UCT Research Report '11
Dean’s report
High quality research outputs
produced in a variety of genres
reflect the rich diversity of
intellectual engagement on the
part of academics in the faculty
– books, book chapters, journal
articles, edited collections,
exhibitions, performances, com-
positions, and recordings.
Detailed information on these
outputs is presented on the CD at the back
of this report and interesting highlights
are taken from this document to illustrate
key research outputs, new research colla-
borations, important conferences, colloquia
and seminars, significant awards and prizes,
and the nurturing of a new generation
of academics through the support and
development of postgraduate students.
The faculty aspires to become a highly-valued nexus for
scholars to engage with global issues through an African
lens. 2011 saw major discussions in the faculty on the future
of African studies, and of the role of the Centre for African
Studies in stimulating debates of this kind. A number of
projects involved in the collection, curation, and digitising
of unique archives undertook new work over the past
year, including the Archive and Public Archive Initiative of
Carolyn Hamilton and colleagues; the Centre for Curating
the Archive; and the Centre for Popular Memory.
Research in the faculty has been stimulated through
our DST/NRF SARChI Chairs and research groupings,
and particularly active over the past year have been the
Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR), Institute
for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA), Gordon Institute
for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), Centre for
Contemporary Islam (CCI), the Institute for Comparative
Religion in Southern Africa (ICRSA), and the Centre for
Curating the Archive (CCA). These research groupings
have taken a leading role in promoting research in the
faculty and are associated with major publication output,
international research collaborations, and mentoring of
younger members of the faculty.
A number of key conferences and colloquia
were hosted over the past year, including:
Islamic Reform and Public Life in Africa
Theorising Experience, Subjectivity
and Narrative in Studies of Gender
and Islam
(by colleagues in Religious
The Courage of //Kabbo and a
Century of Specimens Conference and
hosted by Professor Pippa
Skotnes, Professor Carolyn Hamilton and
colleagues from the Centre for Curating
the Archive, and a colloquium titled
Hacking’s Style(s) of Thinking,
by the Department of Philosophy and
at which
Professor Ian Hacking gave
the keynote address. HUMA hosted a
Worldwide Universities Network discussion on
The Uses
and Abuses of Culture
, which attracted a number of
visiting international scholars.
The CSSR celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. Over
the past year, the CSSR made a number of key academic
appointments to assist in the development of graduate
courses in quantitative social science. Colleagues
associated with the CSSR and based in the Department of
Sociology collaborated with colleagues at the Max Planck
Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity on
a major ‘super diversity’ project.
Eleven books were published in 2011:
Heidegger and Nietzsche: Overcoming Metaphysics
(Louis Blond);
The University in Development
Plagiat et crativit II: Douze enqutes sur l’auteur
et son double
(Jean-Louis Cornille);
Dance of Life
Uncommon Bebop from Common Bebop
Practices and Concepts
(Mike Rossi);
Paroles de leaders:
Decrypter le discours des puissants
The Mandela Decade 1990 to 2000: Labour,
Culture and Society in Post-Apartheid South Africa
(Ari Sitas);
Landscape to Literature
(Pippa Skotnes);
Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York
The Life of Muammad
Al-Wãqidi’s Kitab
(Rizwi Faizer, Amal Ismail and Abdulkader
Tayob); and
Eish, but is it English – Celebrating the South
African Variety
(Raj Mesthrie and Jeanne Hromnik).
In addition, a number of important edited collections have
also emerged over the past year, to which UCT academics
have provided major inputs, both in terms of contributing
chapters and serving as editors, often together with
colleagues from other institutions. Contributions were made
to the editing of
The Cambridge History of South Africa,
Volume 2, 1885 to 1994
(Anne Mager); the
Handbook of Sociolinguistics
(Raj Mesthrie);
Visual Century
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