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OUT IN AFRICA?

Zambian artist Milumbe Haimbe explains the concept of her art piece The Revolutionist – a digital illustration/print. A pan-African problem that embarrasses us all is how Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price described the upsurge of homophobic sentiment across the continent at the opening of the Queer in Africa: Confronting the crisis, symposium hosted by Huma. This one-day conference on June 2 saw African scholars and activists coming together to try

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Ilana celebrates her book publication: “UCKG: A church of strangers”

Huma joins Ilana van Wyk in celebrating her recently published book by Cambridge University Press,  The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God: A Church  of strangers. About the book The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), a church of Brazilian origin, has been enormously successful in establishing branches and attracting followers in post-apartheid South Africa. Unlike other Pentecostal Charismatic churches (PCCs), the UCKG insists

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Queer in Africa: confronting the crisis

Academic and artistic responses to homophobia explored in Queer in Africa: Confronting the crisis MEDIA RELEASE Att.: Arts editors/Op-ed editors/Political editors 6 May 2014 As part of Africa Month celebrations, the Institute for Humanities in Africa (Huma), University of Cape Town, is hosting Queer in Africa: Confronting the crisis, a symposium and festival from 29 May – 2 June 2014 . The event includes an exhibition, discussions and performances

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Symposium on Conspicuous Consumption in Africa

    Symposium on   Conspicuous Consumption in Africa     Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) University of Cape Town     4 – 5 December 2014       CALL FOR PAPERS                           Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ in his critique of nineteenth century American society, as an indictment of the extent to which the need for personal recognition – or ‘honour,’ as

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Christi van der Westhuizen joins Huma

Huma is delighted to welcome Christi v.d.Westhuizen as the new Postdoctoral Fellow. Christi received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Political Economy and South African Politics (Cum Laude) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She previously held research associateships with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State.

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Remembering Sally Gross

Huma remembers Sally Gross, intersex activist, who passed away early February 2014. Sally wrote and spoke against injustices and the dehumanising of all people, especially people born with ambiguous genitalia. Sally was a great supporter of Huma, having participated in our launch program in 2010, raising crucial questions central to one of our flagship themes 'on being human'. In April 2013, Sally gave another talk at Huma, ‘Infanticide of intersex

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NEWSLETTER: 2014

Best wishes for 2014! We look forward to a year filled with stimulating and insightful discussions and debates at Huma and the university. We invite you to join us at our seminars, workshops and conferences on campus and at our off-campus events ...More details on our NEWSLETTER

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Doctoral Fellowships: Call for Applications

Click here for the UCT Call for Applications_  

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HIV study awarded a grant

Positive grant: HUMA's postdoctoral fellow, Rebecca Hodes, leads a study that will provide among others insight into how teenagers living with HIV access antiretroviral and sexual healthcare services in South Africa. Read the full story here.

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MA student graduates with distinction

Sociology student, Emma Daitz, received her MA degree with distinction for her thesis entitled "What’s in a name? A Cape Town case study of how a group of transsexual men and women understand and relate to the term transgender". Daitz, whose thesis was considered by one of the two reviewers as "a first-class piece of work at Master's level" was supervised by Huma's Deborah Posel. Below is Emma Daitz's abstract: The term transgender originates in

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