Welcome

HUMA – the Institute for Humanities in Africa – is a new initiative at the University of Cape Town (UCT), intended to create a dynamic interdisciplinary community for scholars and students in the humanities at large.

Fostering top-end academic research, HUMA seeks to drive critical public debate, promoting UCT’s vision of itself as a civic university contributing to the making of democratic citizenship.

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Tombouctou Manuscripts Project

The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project at the University of Cape Town is dedicated to researching various aspects of writing and reading the handwritten works of Timbuktu and beyond. Training young researchers is an integral part of its work.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Environmental Security and Sustainable Energy

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Environmental Security and Sustainable Energy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for research on: Transition

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    Conspicuous Consumption in Africa: Call for Papers

        Symposium on   Conspicuous Consumption in Africa     Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) University of Cape Town     4 – 5 December 2014       CALL FOR PAPERS                          

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    Christi van der Westhuizen joins Huma

    Huma is delighted to welcome Christi v.d.Westhuizen as the new Postdoctoral Fellow. Christi received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Political Economy and South

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    Remembering Sally Gross

    Huma remembers Sally Gross, intersex activist, who passed away early February 2014. Sally wrote and spoke against injustices and the dehumanising of all people, especially people born with ambiguous genitalia.

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“Enclave South Africa: Mining and the Post-apartheid Social Order”

A seminar by Sakhela Buhlungu (UCT) and Andries Bezuidenhout (University of Pretoria) “Enclave South Africa: Mining and the Post-apartheid

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“Enclave South Africa: Mining and the Post-apartheid Social Order”

A seminar by Sakhela Buhlungu (UCT) and Andries Bezuidenhout (University of Pretoria) “Enclave South

05/08/2014 - 01:00 pm Uct

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Our Research Themes


On Being Human

This theme aims to contribute to resurgent scholarly interest in questions of what we humans share, even if in recognition of profound differences – as the basis for grappling with the contours of ‘a good life’.
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Circuits of Consumption

If the first research theme grapples broadly and variously with our relationships with others, this research theme focuses on our relationship to ‘stuff’ – again, theoretically, empirically and ethically.
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