HUMANITIES > DEAN'S REPORT

A striking feature of the year under review is the large number of books published by members of the Faculty. Examples of these are Historia Sancti Ludgeri (Morné Bezuidenhout), A Dictionary of South African Indian English (Rajend Mesthrie), The Anatomy of a South African Genocide (Mohamed Adhikari), Beer, Sociability and Masculinity in South Africa (Anne Mager), How to Understand Language: A Philosophical Inquiry (Bernhard Weiss), Heidegger and Nietzsche (Louis Blond), Religion in Modern Islamic Discourse (AbdulkaderTayob), Raw Life, New Hope: Decency, Housing and Everyday Life in a Post-Apartheid Community (Fiona Ross), and Fin De Baudelaire (Jean-Louis Cornille).

In addition to book publications, colleagues remain active in research and creative activity in the form of journal articles, books and book chapters, conference papers, compositions, exhibitions and performances. In November, as part of the South African College of Music centenary celebrations the Faculty premiered the 5:20 Opera series – five twenty-minute chamber operas, the scores and libretti of which were created by South Africans. This production was mounted in collaboration with Cape Town Opera and the Gordon Institute for the Performing and Creative Arts.

Major exhibitions of work by colleagues in the Faculty were staged, notably Subtle Thresholds: the representational taxonomies of disease (Fritha Langerman) Gavin Younge: Cradle Snatcher (Gavin Younge), and Lie of the land (Michael Godby). In addition, a number of significant recordings were made by colleagues in the South African College of Music, including Franklin Larey’s Johannes Brahms Opp. 10, 117, and 118.

Dr Floretta Boonzaier of the Department of Psychology was runner up in the Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science Awards in the category Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in the Social Sciences or Humanities.

The Faculty continues to contribute to the total number of NRF rated researchers at UCT (now standing at 54, 6 of whom are A-rated) and we have benefited generously from postgraduate student awards, postdoctoral research fellowships and ongoing support from the Emerging Researcher Programme. The number of master’s students and PhDs graduating from the Faculty remains on an upward trajectory. In 2010, 1 342 master’s and 239 doctoral students were registered in the Faculty. Increasing postgraduate registrations in the creative and performing arts, especially fine art and drama, are particularly notable. Sixteen postdoctoral fellows are registered in the Faculty. Important initiatives in the postgraduate area are a proposed Master’s in Neuropsychology, which will be the first programme of its kind in South Africa to train neuropsychologists, and a new Master’s in Primary Education to give effect to the School of Education’s new focus on primary education. We have seen the consolidation and development of an online version of the MA in French focusing on teaching French as a foreign language.

Interdisciplinary research continues to be actively promoted across the Faculty by our SARChI Research Chairs (Professors Carolyn Hamilton, Abdulkader Tayob, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Rajend Mesthrie), the Mellon-funded Sawyer seminar on Knowledges, Ways of Knowing and the Post-Colonial University, the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, the Institute for the Humanities in Africa  and the Centre for Social Science Research. These initiatives have emerged as vibrant hubs in the Faculty for interdisciplinary research by postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows, where new models for postgraduate supervision are being developed.

Professor Paula Ensor
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities


 

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