HUMANITIES > DEAN'S REPORT

During the year under review the Faculty has continued to contribute to scholarship in the arts, social sciences and creative and performing arts. The research report provides evidence of the wide spectrum of research and creative activity produced in the Faculty in the form of journal articles, books and book chapters, conference papers, compositions, exhibitions and performances.

The Departments of Psychology and English remain leaders in the publication of peer-reviewed articles. The Faculty continues to contribute to the total number of NRF-rated researchers at UCT (now standing at 48, six of which are A-rated) and we have benefited generously from postgraduate student awards, postdoctoral research fellowships and ongoing support from the Emerging Researcher Programme.

A number of new books have been published in 2009, including JM Coetzee: Countervoices (Carol Clarkson); Authority and Authorship in V.S. Naipaul (Imraan Coovadia); Mediating Legitimacy: Chieftaincy and Democratisation in two African Chiefdoms (Jude Fokwang); The Dialectical Tradition in South Africa (Andrew Nash); New Directions in Community Development and Conflict Resolution (Connie O’Brien); Women’s Rhetoric: Argumentative Strategies of Women in Public Life: Sweden and South Africa (Philippe Salazar); Book of Iterations (Pippa Skotnes); Marvelous Geometry: Narrative and Metafiction in Modern Fairytale (Jessica Tiffin) and Vuurwiel, an anthology of poetry by Joan Hambidge. We were delighted that the Jewish Book Council has announced Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory: Zakor V’makor, edited by David Cesarani, Tony Kushner and Milton Shain, as joint runner-up in the annual National Jewish Book Award in the category of Anthologies and Collections.

Details of the rich and diverse contribution to creative work are set out in the report, and we are particularly proud that two works by Hendrik Hofmeyr received prestigious international premieres – Partita for double-bass in Vancouver, and Lachrymae for guitar in Amsterdam.

The promotion of interdisciplinary enquiry remains a key strategic priority and is actively promoted in research across the Faculty, especially by our SARChI chairholders (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, and, more recently, the formation of the Institute for the Humanities in Africa (HUMA), located within the Faculties of Humanities and Law under the direction of Professor Deborah Posel.

The Faculty has received substantial support from the Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Fund, which includes funding for the Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) (African Legislatures Project – Professor Bob Mattes), for the Archive and Curatorship project (Professors Carolyn Hamilton and Pippa Skotnes), and for training in quantitative social science research methods (CSSR – Professors Bob Mattes and Mike Morris), as well as seed money for a project on Violent Crime (Dr Catherine Ward), and seed money to found a journal in literacy studies and literacy teaching called Reading and Writing.

Professor Paula Ensor
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

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