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UCT Research Report '11
South African Art in Context
Volume 3 and 4
Tombouctou: Pour une histoire de l’erudition
en Afrique de l’ouest
(Shamil Jeppie);
Rural Resistance
in South Africa: The Mpondo Revolts after Fifty Years
(Lungisile Ntsebeza); and
Written Culture in a Colonial
Context: Africa and the Americas 1500 to 1900
Penn). The Michaelis School of Fine Art has produced two
critically acclaimed collections: those by Stephen Inggs
665: Making Prints with Light
) and Andrew Lamprecht
Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter).
Creative outputs have counted three novels,
(Sonia Loots),
The Other Booker Prize
(Tzili Reisenberger)
Homeless Waters
(Francis Nyamnjoh).
Our researchers have been recognised in a number of
different ways. We now have 59 rated researchers, five
of whom are A-rated and 19 are B-rated. Professor Mark
Solms was awarded the Mary Sigourney Prize – the
most prestigious award in international psychoanalysis
– at a ceremony in New York for his contributions
to psychoanalysis. Professor Wilhelm Snyman’s efforts
in promoting Italian language and culture have been
acknowledged by the Italian government, with an award
at the rank of
of the Order of Merit of the Italian
Important international research collaborations include
the participation of colleagues from historical studies in
joint research and teaching projects in conjunction with
the Universities of Sydney and Newcastle in Australia. We
have seen the consolidation and further development of the
global studies master’s degree programme, co-ordinated
by colleagues in the Department of Sociology, which
involves co-teaching with universities in Germany and
India. The work of the Tombouctou Manuscripts Project
continues, in collaboration with scholars and library
collections in Mali, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya,
Tanzania, and Mozambique. Professor David Chidester is
part of an ongoing research collaboration titled
Dynamics: Politics of Authentication and Aesthetics
of Persuasion in Brazil, Ghana, South Africa, and The
. This is one of a number of international
research networks established by colleagues in the
Department of Religious Studies.
Support for postgraduate students has taken a number
of forms. The SARChI Chairs as well as our research
groupings have been active in this regard. HUMA, under
the directorship of Professor Deborah Posel, has launched
a new doctoral fellowship programme and initiated a
doctoral seminar series on
Truth and Method
that provides
an opportunity for doctoral students from across the faculty
to engage with key epistemological and methodological
issues in the humanities. HUMA and the Faculty Research
Ethics Committee co-convened a seminar series on
in the field of social research. The Department
of Drama has developed a series of workshops for PhD
students with the support of the UCT Research Office,
culminating in a summer school for PhD students in late
2011 from UCT, India, and the United Kingdom.
The state of the humanities in South Africa was discussed
in two reports published in 2011 – the
Charter for
the Humanities
, co-ordinated by Ari Sitas (Professor
of Sociology at UCT), and the Academy of Science of
South Africa’s Consensus Panel Study on
The State
of the Humanities in South Africa
, to which a number
of colleagues in the faculty contributed.
John Higgins
(Professor of English Language and Literature at UCT)
prepared a major research paper as a contribution to the
ASSAf report.
The faculty prides itself on its public and professional
service andmany faculty members hold executive positions
in international professional bodies. Socially engaged
scholarship is evident in all academic departments in the
faculty, both in relation to South Africa, Africa and beyond.
The SARChI Chairs all have strong public profiles, as do
the CSSR, GIPCA and HUMA. GIPCA ran an extensive
programme in the city during 2011, and HUMA organised
a number of key seminar discussions, including prominent
international and local scholars. It launched a new series
of public history lectures in conjunction with various NGOs,
Know Your City,
that were presented by distinguished
scholars. Colleagues in the faculty have contributed to the
university-wide initiatives on education, climate change,
and safety and violence.
A key challenge for the faculty is raising sufficient funding
to adequately support excellence in the diverse activities
highlighted here. We have made significant strides in
securing much-needed support, through research grants
and contracts, but much remains to be done.
Professor Paula Ensor
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities