Introduction to Stata

Wed, 2019-01-16 10:00 to Sat, 2019-01-19 13:00
This course is designed for people who need to brush up on their basic Stata skills or who wish to attend the other courses in our programme, in particular, the "Complex Social Survey Data" course or the "Measuring Economic Welfare" one. It will also be useful for anyone who needs a basic Stata refresher. This course is offered twice a year. Applications close on 10 October 2018. Read more.

Daily Practices and Rituals in Tibetan Buddhism

Fri, 2018-09-28
17:00 to 18:30
In this talk, Khenpo Sodargye will introduce the basic ideas and conceptions, the symbolic meanings, and the daily practices of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the major traditions within Mahayana Buddhism. His lecture will not only provide an overview of his school of Buddhism, but also pay attention to the ways this religious tradition is adapting to changes in contemporary societies and to the spiritual needs of today’s global age. As Khenpo says, “I don’t know how long I can live, but even if there were only one listener, I would exert myself to benefit him/her with Dharma till my last breath.” This is the second time that Khenpo Sodargye comes to visit South Africa. For students and staff in the Department of Religious Studies who engage in the academic study of different religious traditions this will be a very good chance to approach religion ‘in practice’ and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism. For others who are more interested in this tradition as a resource for spiritual growth this can be an excellent opportunity to listen to the thoughts of a renowned Tibetan Buddhist master. Read more.

Banned Books Exhibition

Sun, 2018-09-23 09:00 to Sat, 2018-09-29 16:00
Under Apartheid, the Publication Act banned books, films, music and posters. Libraries were forced to remove and restrict access to the 'objectionable literature' within their collections. In the acknowledgement of International Banned Books Week, we have created an exhibition showcasing the materials held at UCT libraries that were banned and subsequently unbanned under the Act.

ICEMASA Ocean Science Days 2018

Tue, 2018-09-18 14:34 -- 01411702

Over the past decade, the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re) at the University of Cape Town has established a strong and successful international partnership in ocean sciences with France through the International Joint Laboratory ICEMASA, and Norway through the Nansen-Tutu Centre (NTC). To celebrate the successful conclusion

The Ahmadis: Heresy, Religious Pluralism and Islam in Ghazali and Iqbal

Wed, 2018-09-26
13:00 to 14:00
The presentation will offer an exploration of the notions of orthodoxy, heterodoxy and heresy in the works of two Muslim intellectuals, Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali (d. 1111) and Muhammad Iqbal (d. 1938). In doing so, it will provide an assessment regarding the way in which a medieval classical Muslim polymath and a leading modernist South Asian Muslim philosopher and poet understood and crafted an ethics of belonging and exclusion in relation to faith and the political. The works of these two scholars on the subject provides a thought-provoking way of considering how dissenting and putatively deviant ideas are presented as heretical vis-à-vis political and theological orthodoxies and how human beings, as the embodiment of such ideas, are relegated to the margins of the Islamicate. Read more.