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

In memoriam: Professor Harry Garuba
Tue, 03 Mar 2020 - 12:00

The Department is in mourning following the passing of our beloved colleague and teacher, Professor Harry Garuba, late on Friday 28 February 2020. Harry was a wonderful mentor. A deeply kind and wise teacher to so many of us, he also had a fierce commitment to the transformative impact of Africa-centred scholarship and a belief that the work of careful, revisionist scholarship could profoundly impact an unjust and unequal world.

Hedley Twidle participated in the Bergen Literary Festival in Norway
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 - 12:00

Hedley Twidle was invited recently to take part in the Bergen Literary Festival in Norway, where he joined other South African writers Njabulo Ndebele, Jonny Steinberg and Koleka Putuma. He delivered a lecture on post-apartheid literary culture...

Sandra Young, keynote speaker at the University of Bayreuth in Germany
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 - 12:00

Sandra Young was invited to give a keynote address at a colloquium held at the University of Bayreuth in Germany this month. The colloquium, titled 'Shakespeare and Africa: Literary Entanglements Across Space and Time', is part of 4-year international collaborative research project on 'Africa Multiple'

Barbara Boswell hosts Professor Elleke Boehmer's book launch
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 - 12:00

Barbara Boswell from the Department of English recently hosted Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literatures in English at the University of Oxford, as she launched her second short story collection To the Volcano and  Other Stories

Lehlohonolo Shale
End of year party 2019
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 - 12:30

On 25 November 2019 the Department of English had its end of year party. Staff and graduate students dazzled one another with their poetry, music, drama and dance.

Applications open for the Konstantin Sofianos Scholarship
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 12:15

The Konstantin Sofianos Scholarship invites you to apply for our annual scholarship. Scholarship applications are open to all students who have been accepted to the University of Cape Town’s English department for the Honours programme in 2020.


Postgraduate presenters
Postgraduate Conference 2019
Thu, 31 Oct 2019 - 10:15

"Research in Residence", the UCT English Postgraduate Conference, took place on Thursday 24 October.

Hedley Twidle launches Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-Fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 10:45

The Department celebrates the recent publication of Hedley Twidle’s new book, Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-Fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa. At a launch event at the Book Lounge recently, Hedley spoke with Book Lounge founder Mervyn Sloman about the ‘strange’ and even ‘unusable’ elements of the past that nonetheless find their way into the array of narrative non-fiction, memoir and other documentary modes that continue to shape the past for the post-apartheid present.  

Dr Polo Moji co-edits new publication on the study of blackness in contemporary Europe
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - 10:15

Co-edited by Dr Polo B. Moji, the thematic issue Ghostly border-crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic narratives, has recently been published by Tydskrif vir Letterkunde – A Journal of African Literature, with a striking cover image from Lina Iris Viktor’s Dark Continent 1 series.

Public event: Shakespeare and Social Justice panel discussion and book launch, 18 May 2019
Thu, 16 May 2019 - 10:15

The final event of the Shakespeare and Social Justice conference will be a panel discussion about new books in the field. Participants include Katherine Hennessey, Wendy Beth Hyman, Alexa Alice Joubin, Ayanna Thompson and Sandra Young. Chair: Chris Thurman. 15h00 on 18 May at the Fugard Studio Theatre.

Professor Ayanna Thompson
Shakespeare and Social Justice keynote address by Professor Ayanna Thompson: 5pm, 16 May 2019
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 11:30

Professor Ayanna Thompson will deliver the keynote address, ‘Shakespeare and Blackface’, for the Shakespeare and Social Justice conference, co-hosted by the English Department. 17h00 on 16 May at the Fugard Studio Theatre.

Event: Andrew van der Vlies in conversation with Erica Lombard at UCT on 4 April
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 - 13:30

On 4 April, 1–2pm, AC Jordan 116, Prof. Andrew van der Vlies (QMUL, UWC) will be in conversation with Dr Erica Lombard (UCT) about Zoë Wicomb's Race, Nation, Translation and South African Writing in Transition.