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African Cinema Unit
The African Cinema Unit was established in 2008. It
is an initiative within the Centre for Film and Media
Studies that is committed to promoting the study of
African cinemas, taking account of the richness and
diversity of the film cultures that have emerged from the
countries that make up this vast and complex continent.
During 2010, Associate Professor Martin Botha took a
sabbatical to finish a 113-year history of South African
cinema. Taking an inclusive approach to the South
African film history, this volume represents an ambitious
attempt to analyse and place in appropriate socio-
political context the aesthetic highlights of South African
cinema from 1896 to the present. This manuscript,
which is due for publication in early 2012, represents the
first broadly based text that encompasses the history
of South African cinema in its entirety. During 2011 a
strategy document for the ACU was finalised, as well
as a constitution for the African Cinema Unit Governing
Board (ACUGB), which was established at the end of
the year.
Director: Associate Professor M. Botha
Centre for Contemporary Islam
The Centre for Contemporary Islam (CCI) was established
in 1996 to co-ordinate research conducted at UCT on
Islam and Muslim societies, and disseminates findings
to a broader public. The main projects of the CCI include
Islam and Public Life in Africa; Sufism, Gender, and
Islam; and the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project. The CCI
publishes the annual Journal for Islamic Studies. The
centre is based in the Department of Religious Studies,
but it has the active participation of scholars from outside
the department as well.
Director: Professor A. Tayob
Centre for Popular Memory
The Centre for Popular Memory (CPM) is an Africa-
focused oral history research, advocacy, and archival
centre, linked to the Department of Historical Studies.
Research prioritises multilingual approaches to the impact
of post-traumatic legacies in Africa and specialises
in multi-levelled technology outputs through academic
journals, exhibitions, and film, including scholarly content
for portable media platforms. Through the African Oral
History Archive project, the CPM has more than 3 000
oral history recordings in 12 languages, many with
full transcripts and translations. These have been
preserved, migrated, and gathered over 25 years. The
African Memory Project (AMP) aims to increase access
to and use of oral and visual collections in Africa, and
collaborates with international leaders in fields of oral
history and memory studies to analyse Africa-centred
research materials. Memories of Apartheid is a key
project of AMP that seeks to engage civil society on
various levels and includes a number of transnational
and international research and educational partners. The
project will develop a large-scale oral history programme
and conduct filmed oral history interviews with people
who lived through Apartheid, across South Africa. It will
also develop a centralised digital archival model for the
gathering and dissemination of audio-visual archival
material for educational use on an international scale.
Director: Dr S. Field
Centre for Rhetoric Studies
The centre was founded in 1995 and remains unique on
the continent, where it has pioneered the emergence of
rhetoric studies (as mentioned in Blackwell’s International
Encyclopedia of Communication). It concerns itself
with multi-disciplinary research in public rhetoric,
deliberative democracy, and argumentative culture.
The centre engages in three main activities: hosting
research fellows, organising academic conferences, and
registering postgraduate students (master’s and PhD).
It publishes its findings through the African Yearbook of
Rhetoric (AfricaRhetoric Publishing). The Centre has a
near-100 percent success rate in numerous competitively
funded international research projects.
Director: Distinguished Professor Ph.-J. Salazar
Institute forComparativeReligion
in Southern Africa
The Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa
(ICRSA) is dedicated to the postcolonial study of religion
and religions in South Africa and the Southern African
region. In addition to developing resources for the study
of religions and reconfiguring the study of religion from
a Southern African perspective, ICRSA has participated
in international research projects in religious education
Research groupings
associated with this theme