Feminist writers, some located in the university, have employed literary styles of writing to address the dynamics of gender and other long-standing and entrenched social concerns.
Dr June Bam-Hutchison, an international specialist, was invited to speak at the conference on "Curatorship and symbolic reparations for transforming justice on gender issues" in Lima, Peru, during July 2018.
The event attracted and involved a huge number of civic activists and organisations. Speakers included Professor Nomalanga Mkhize, Justice Albie Sachs, Professor Ruth Hall, Prof Nomboniso Gasa, Prof Fred Hendricks and Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza was born in Cala in the Eastern Cape. After overcoming political barriers – including imprisonment and banishment during apartheid – his life and work have come full circle as his research played a critical role in a landmark case fought by the Cala Reserve community, igniting a movement to restore democracy across the rural Eastern Cape.