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The latest news for the UCT Department of English.  Please go to the archive for older news articles.

Dr Mandisa Haarhoff at Northwestern University
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 - 10:45

Dr Mandisa Haarhoff presented her new work "White indigeneity" and Black Absenting in Farm and Karoo Writings to the Africana Gender and Expressive Arts Working Group at Northwestern University

 

Associate Professor Nadia Davids' play At Her Feet returns to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from 22 November to 8 December 2018 – for the first time in 14 years
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 - 11:00

Written in 2002, At Her Feet evokes the experiences of four Muslim women in Cape Town whose lives are touched by the events of 9/11 and by the honour killing of a Jordanian girl.

Associate Professor Barbara Boswell has been awarded the coveted Debut Award for South African Writing in English from the University of Johannesburg for her novel Grace
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 - 12:00

The Department is thrilled to announce that Associate Professor Barbara Boswell has been awarded the coveted Debut Award for South African Writing in English from the University of Johannesburg for her novel Grace (Modjaji Books, 2017)

Black Archives and Intellectual Histories Seminar Series - Archive in the Wake
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 - 09:45

Join us for our next seminar with prolific scholars, Deborah Thomas and Joy James. Due to flight times, this seminar will begin later than usual at 3 pm and end at 5 pm. Lunch will be served at 14:30 pm. The seminar will be in A.C. Jordan 116 on September 26th.

Barbara Boswell’s novel, Grace has been shortlisted for the UJ Debut Literary Prize for South African Writing in English
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 - 12:45

Associate Professor Barbara Boswell’s novel, Grace (Modjaji 2017) has been shortlisted for the UJ Debut Literary Prize for South African Writing in English

Black Archives and Intellectual Histories - Embodied Epistemes: Disappearance and the Archive
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 - 11:15

It is with great excitement that we invite you to join us for Monday's (17 September 2018) Black Archives Seminar! Mamela Nyamza and Mlondi Zondi will enter into a conversation titled Embodied Epistemes: Disappearance and the Archive!

Associate Professor Barbara Boswell's interview for the Cheeky Natives Podcast
Fri, 31 Aug 2018 - 09:45

Associate Professor Barbara Boswell was recently interviewed for the Cheeky Natives Podcast about her novel, Grace.

Professor Carrol Clarkson wins UCT Meritorious Book Award
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 - 14:30

Professor Carrol Clarkson, Honorary Research Associate and former Head of the English Department, has won a UCT Meritorious Book Award for 2018, in recognition of her new monograph, Drawing the Line: Towards an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice.

TB Davie pre-lecture dinner
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 - 11:15

English Department colleagues were delighted to be among those invited by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, and Chair of the Academic Freedom Committee, Professor Elelwani Ramugondo, to the TB Davie pre-lecture dinner to welcome Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola.

Black Archives and Intellectual Histories
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 - 10:45

Black Archives and Intellectual Histories is a Mellon funded seminar series that features eminent scholars, activists and public intellectuals from South Africa, the continent and across the Black Atlantic. This seminar series focuses on black intellectual histories and the question of the archive, paying particular attention to epistemologies, narrative, cultural production, social movements and collectives in relation to the geo-politics of the black diaspora and South Africa’s place in its imaginaries. These seminars are part of the ongoing conversation about the decolonization of higher education in South Africa, in particular how black intellectual histories can contribute to the transformation of the curriculum.

The Department celebrates the graduation of two of our PhD students this month
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 - 12:45

Dr Rosa Lyster’s thesis, A History of Apartheid Censorship Through the Archive, was described by one examiner as ‘as close to an ideal PhD as I have ever encountered’, and commended for its ‘substantial contribution to South African literary scholarship and the study of censorship’. Read an interview with Rosa on her project by PEN South Africa

Dr Tara Leverton’s research into Madmen and Mad Money: Psychological Disability and Economics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature was commended as ‘well-conceived, well-researched and well-argued piece of scholarship that undoubtedly makes a contribution to knowledge in (at least) three intersecting fields: disability studies, literary studies and, indeed, medieval and early modern historiography’.

Warm congratulations to Tara and Rosa for these excellent results.

Assoc. Prof. Harry Garuba’s poem gets published as the poem of the week in the Guardian newspaper
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 - 12:30

Assoc. Prof. Harry Garuba’s poem gets published as the poem of the week in the Guardian newspaper

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