Director of CAS and holder of the NRF Chair on Land Reform and Democracy and the A.C. Jordan Chair, Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, has been appointed as UCT representative on the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).
The first ever African Studies inter-disciplinary undergraduate major for UCT has been rolled out this term. This course is the result of intense formal discussion (under the academic leadership of African Studies and CAS) with colleagues across the University in 2015 with the purpose of developing this new and relevant curriculum offer.
There will a series of workshops for applicants for the 2017 Ernest Cole Award. Participants will be able to engage with experienced visual story tellers to help them assemble their own proposals for the 2017 application process due mid June 2017.
CAS and the Centre for Non-racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) hold a ‘turning point’ catalytic conference on the ‘precolonial’, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, 15-17 March 2017
Professor Ntsebeza will address international leaders in Agribusiness on his research in land reform in the Eastern Cape
CAS and the Centre for African Area Studies (CAAS) at Kyoto University held a very successful colloquium at the School of Economics attended by about 40 delegates, including lead international and regional scholars
The Louis Moholo Moholo Legacy Project consisted of a symposium, a vital exhibition and a musical concert on the evening of Friday 7 October 2016.
"The US electoral system shows a profound disjuncture between law and legitimacy. A system that so disenfranchises the masses of Americans is illegitimate. Democratic elections must be based on the popular vote..."
CAS Honorary Research Fellow, Allison Drew's Not My President published on OpenDemocracy.net:
"It is important to recognise Donald Trump’s victory for what it is: a dangerous triumph for America’s growing fascist movement."
A small team of senior academic researchers from Leiden University College The Hague (affiliated to the Interfaculty Institute, the African Studies Centre Leiden) recently held discussions on possible research collaborations with NRF Chair on Land Reform and Democracy, A C Jordan Chair and Director of CAS, Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza.
Thailand currently has university research partnerships with Senegal, Mozambique, Togo and Nigeria and wishes to establish research partnerships in African Studies with universities in South Africa. With this purpose in mind, a Ministerial delegation of the Foreign Affairs Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs visited CAS in September 2016.
The ǂKhomani San are the first people of the southern Kgalagadi. They lived as hunters and gatherers in the immense desert in the northwest corner of South Africa. For them it was a land rich in wildlife, plants, trees, great sand dunes and dry riverbeds.
When the ǂKhomani San share their history, they tell a story of dispossession from their lands, erasure of their way of life, disappearance of their language. To speak of their past is to search in memory for all that was taken from them in the colonial, apartheid and post-apartheid era. But they also tell a story of reclamation and recovery of lands, language and even of memory itself. They tell a story of struggle to emerge from the losses of the past, to put in place a new story.