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.
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.