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.

Tribing and Untribing the Archive: book launch

Tue, 2017-04-04 15:30
The Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative has a new edited 2-volume publication out, the subject matter of which will be of interest to those engaged in conversations around decolonising the archive. The discussion will be followed by snacks. RSVP essential.  Click for more info...

LSE and UCT offer twinned Masters

Fri, 2017-03-17 15:43 -- 01430533

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.