New book from APC challenges colonial archival categories in productive ways

Thu, 2017-05-18 14:44 -- 01401867

The Archive and Pubic Culture Research Initiative's (APC) two-volume book, Tribing and Untribing the Archive:  Identity and the Material Record in Southern KwaZulu Natal in the Late Independent and Colonial Periods (2016), edited by Carolyn Hamilton and Nessa Leibhammer, challenges the pernicious combination of "tribe" and "tradition" that tethers modern South Africans to ideas about the region's remote past as primitive, timeless and unchanging. 

The prospects of and constraints to peace journalism in Africa: Reflections on Zimbabwe and South Africa”.

Tue, 2017-05-23 13:00
Wallace Chuma will  The prospects of and constraints to peace journalism in Africa: Reflections on Zimbabwe and South Africa”.  

Strike a Rock film to premier at prestigious film festivals

Tue, 2017-05-16 14:49 -- 01401867

Strike a Rock, the feature length film made by Humanities alumnus Aliki Saragas, has been selected to premier at two prestigious festivals:  it will be the opening night film at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival locally and for its international premier it will screen at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival. 

Book Lunch: The Art of Life in South Africa

Wed, 2017-05-17 12:30
This year’s first book lunch will be in collaboration with the Department of Historical Studies (UCT) and will be of Daniel Magaziner’s The Art of Life in South Africa (Ohio University/KZN Press 2016). Daniel (Department of History, Yale University) will be in conversation with Sean Field (Department of Historical Studies, UCT) and Khwezi Mkhize (Department of English Literature, UCT) From 1952 to 1981, South Africa’s apartheid government ran a school for the training of African art teachers at Indaleni. The Art of Life in South Africa is about the students, teachers, art, ideas and politics that led to the school’s founding, and which circulated during the years of its existence at a remote former mission station. It is a story of creativity, beauty, and community in 20th Century South Africa. Daniel Magaziner radically reframes apartheid-era South African history. Against the dominant narrative of apartheid oppression and black resistance, The Art of Life in South Africa focuses instead on a small group’s efforts to fashion more fulfilling lives through the ironic medium of an apartheid-era art school. Lushly illustrated with almost 100 images, this book gives us fully formed lives and remarkable insights into life under segregation and apartheid

“Conceptual Isomerism”: The Nexus of Edmund Husserl’s Phenomenology and Orunmila Theory of Epistemic Reproduction in Biyi Bandele’s Film, Half of Yellow Sun

Tue, 2017-05-16 13:00
Both Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel and the film adaptation directed by Biyi Bandele have been widely acclaimed, so, in this month where we celebrate Africa, it is a special delight to welcome Saheed Bello from the University of Lagos, who will talk about his doctoral research in which he brings together science, philosophy and adaptation studies. He will focus particularly on Half of a Yellow Sun.  His talk is entitled, “Conceptual Isomerism”: The Nexus of Edmund Husserl’s Phenomenology and Orunmila Theory of Epistemic Reproduction in Biyi Bandele’s Film, Half of  Yellow Sun

African-Brazilian connections: exploring the art of Jongo in Cape Town

Mon, 2017-05-15 14:00 to Wed, 2017-05-24 21:00
During the month of May, UCT will host Alessandra Ribeiro Martins (Brazilian Jongo Master and PhD in Urban Studies) for a talk, workshops and a performance. Public Talk: African Diasporic Trajectories: the configuration of the African Matrix in the urban space of Campinas, SP, Brazil (In Portuguese, with translation) on 18th of May, Thursday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Huma Seminar Room, Neville Alexander Building, Upper Campus, UCT) Jongo Open Workshop (UCT Community) 15th and 18th of May, Monday and Thursday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (UCT Sports Centre - 3) For more information ( Show: Participation as special guest in the annual Show of Students in the World Music Ensemble (SACM): 24th of May, Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.  (Baxter Theatre) 

Ukutshona kukaMendi/Ukukuzika kukaMendi: The Mendi Centenary Conference

Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00 to Thu, 2017-03-30 17:00
"Ukutshona kukaMendi/Ukukuzika kukaMendi": The Mendi Centenary Conference - a Centre for African Studies event. The opening of the Mendi Centenary Conference will be hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Loretta Feris. Read more....

Peace and Conflict scholar appointed to Van Zyl Slabbert Chair

Mon, 2017-03-27 13:45 -- 01430533

Leading African scholar Professor Eghosa Emmanuel Osaghae is the first of the 2017 Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Professors at the University of Cape Town. The Visiting Professorships are located in the Departments of Political Studies and Sociology. Humanities News asked the incumbent about his decision to return to the University of Cape Town and, about his plans for his two-month term.

Postcolonial scholar visits UCT

Fri, 2017-03-24 16:12 -- 01430533

On March 3rd, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) launched its 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions Lecture Series with a lecture by internationally renowned writer and postcolonial theorist Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o. The event was hosted in association with the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and was moderated by Professor Xolela Mangcu from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Sociology.