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.
This year’s Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival line-up boasted an impressive 56 local productions. Featuring drama, musical theatre, comedy and much more, the 2017 event was bigger and better than ever before. This was the seventh year of an event designed to showcase South Africa’s theatrical talent.
A bilateral agreement between the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics and Political Science will see a new cohort of students obtaining qualifications from both tertiary institutions. Successful applicants will spend a year in London and Cape Town, deepening their knowledge of contemporary global media industries and on completion, will earn two internationally recognized postgraduate degrees.
Professor Rajend Mesthrie has been awarded a BRICS-related NIHSS grant for joint India-South Africa research on language and culture. Mesthrie is Professor of Linguistics in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics, at the University of Cape Town. He holds one of the four DST SARCHi Research Chairs in the Faculty of Humanities.
In March, UCT School of Dance hosted an innovative arts education project titled ‘Red Apples, Green Apples’ aimed at teaching school children about the effects of climate change and environmental issues using the media of dance, visual arts and design. This initiative formed part of a collaborative research project involving the University of Cape Town, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and the Peter Clarke Arts Centre.
On the morning of the 21st of February 1917, a South African navy vessel the SS Mendi collided with the SS Darro, a larger cargo ship travelling at high speed through thick fog on the English Channel. Of the 800 troops on board the SS Mendi, 616 drowned as a result of the collision. 607 of these were South African black recruits. This year, the Centre for African Studies (CAS) is hosting a series of commemorative events in order to pay tribute to these South Africans.
Mr. Zweledinga Pallo Jordan paid an impromptu visit to Upper Campus on Monday, 13 March. He is the eldest child of the late Professor Archibald Campbell and Dr. Phyllis Priscilla “Nogqaza” Ntantala-Jordan, both of whom have deep connections to the University of Cape Town. The Humanities Arts Block was officially renamed the AC Jordan Building in August 2014.
In 2016, the Centre for Film and Media Studies hosted its first African Filmmaking Fellowship. The programme is designed to ensure Africa’s next generation of talented filmmakers by training academics and postgraduate students in film, media and journalism.