The theme 'On Being Human' 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’.
(Image by Clive van den Berg, “Fugitives”, 2011)
Through the seminar series we hope to generate a cumulative and inclusive conversation around the themes 'On Being Human' and 'Circuits of Consumption'. Seminars are open to all staff, students and interested others.
The theme 'Circuits of Consumption' focuses on our relationship to ‘stuff’ – again, theoretically, empirically and ethically. We need to revisit ways in which materiality and the material world – specific things, as well as the planet at large – have been comprehended and apprehended.
(Image by Steven Cohen, "Nervous System", 1999)
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.
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.
Organisers: Dr Zethu Matebeni (HUMA, UCT), Prof Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield, UK); and Prof Vasu Reddy (Human Sciences Research Council, SA) There is a pressing need for academic and activist
Ilana van Wyk's book, The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa: A church of strangers (Cambridge University Press, 2014), has recently been nominated for the prestigious Clifford Geertz
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’. read more »
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. read more »
HUMA Institute for Humanities in Africa Humanities Building, University Avn, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, 7700