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Associate Professor Nadia Davids wins UCT Creative Art Works Award
Fri, 19 Mar 2021 - 18:15

What Remains, a years-long, multiple-output creative collaboration between Professor Jay Pather and Associate Professor Nadia Davids, is a fusion of text, dance and movement that tells a story about the unexpected uncovering of a slave burial ground in Cape Town, the archaeological dig that follows and a city haunted by the memory of enslavement. When the bones emerge from the ground, everyone in the city – descendants of the enslaved, archaeologists, citizens, property developers – is forced to reckon with a history sometimes remembered, sometimes forgotten. Loosely based on the uncovering of a graveyard at Prestwich Place in Cape Town

Virtual Event: Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature BOOK LAUNCH
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 11:30

The Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) invites you to the virtual launch of: Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past by A/Prof. Chris Ouma
Monday, 29 March at 4PM
Click here to join
MEETING ID: 994 4861 0289

Online Event: African Feminisms 2020
Mon, 07 Sep 2020 - 14:00
Healing as a Revolutionary Act  Featuring: Mmatshilo Motsei’s webinar, “Conversations with my Womb” 

Introduction by Barbara Boswell, video-poetry by various artists, and an optional feminist wine-down (bring your own booze)
Pre-event activity: Shelley Barry Watch Party 7th – 11th September on 

Registration deadline: 9th Sept 23h (Pretoria time)
Registration Email: 
Max participants: first 90 people to register, otherwise live-streamed on



Christopher Ouma launches Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past
Fri, 28 Aug 2020 - 14:00

The Department celebrates the recent publication of Christopher Ouma's new book, Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past. 

This book examines the representation of figures, memories and images of childhood in selected contemporary diasporic African fiction by Adichie, Abani, Wainaina and Oyeyemi. The book argues that childhood is a key framework for thinking about contemporary African and African Diasporic identities. 

Webinar to unpack racism and inequality amid COVID-19
Mon, 13 Jul 2020 - 13:15

The Office for Inclusivity and Change (OIC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will host a live webinar themed “White privilege: A critical dialogue on racism and inequality in the time of COVID-19” and invites all members of the campus community to attend. 

Panellists participating in the discussion include Dr Robin DiAngelo and Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd (Stellenbosch University) and the English Department's very own, Dr Mandisa Haarhoff (UCT). The trio will unpack the definition of white privilege and engage in constructive, critical conversations on the topic to help drive “racial justice in our communities”. The session will be moderated by Stanley Henkeman, executive director of the IJR.


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.