Continental Connections series

Huma successfully hosted a series of lectures presented by a group of eminent African scholars.

We hosted five visiting scholars focusing on themes and issues on the continent.  The scholars – from Senegal, Mali and Kenya each gave a seminar on their research, collaborated with UCT colleagues and students, and continued their own research. These scholars, from a range of humanities and social science disciplines, advanced Huma’s programme and the university’s Afropolitian agenda.

It is hoped that such short-term visits by scholars on the continent will be repeated regularly in 2013 and beyond.
This initiative was funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Fund.


Date: 8th of October 2012, 13h00-14h30

“The Motor Vehicle and early development of motorised transport in Accra, Ghana 1902-2008″ by Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu (pictured above with Shamil Jeppie)

Dr Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. His research interests focus on Africa and include issues of transportation, urbanisation and colonial legacy. His research on Ghana includes traditional leadership, conflicts and development.


Date: 26th of September 2012, 13h00-14h30

“Silence that Speaks: Voice and the Search for Humanity in the Liyongo Epic” by Kenneth Inyani Simala (see ‘events’ page – ‘past events’)

Prof Kenneth Inyani Simala is an Associate Professor of Language and Cultural Linguistics at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Kenya. He is currently Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at MMUST. His research interests are language, culture and development. His current project involves research on the Orality-Modernity nexus in African development.


Date: 19th September 2012, 13h00-14h30

“The Political Crisis in Mali: What fate is reserved for the manuscripts of Timbuktu?” by Mohamed Diagayété (see ‘events’ page – ‘past events’)

Dr Mohamed Diagayété is senior researcher at the Ahmed Baba Institute (IHERIAB) in Timbuktu, Mali. His research deals with the Malian Fulani contribution to Islamic Civilization during the 18th and 19th centuries. He looks at issues of literacy and scholarship through unique and previously unused sources, ajami manuscripts (Fulfulde written in the Arabic script).

                 Read more about this from UCT Daily News 
Date: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 @ 13h00-14h30

“Hiphop in Senegal: Between Youth Culture and New Forms of Citizenship” by Abdoulaye Niang (see ‘events’ page – ‘past events’)

Dr Abdoulaye Niang, Editor in Chief for the Senegalese Review of Sociology and Assistant Professor & Head of the Department of Occupations of Arts and Culture – University Gaston Berger (UGB) in Senegal will be at Huma till 23 September 2012.  His research interests include youth, social change and social movements; music and creative industries in general; the use of ICTs; and theories and methods in social sciences.


Title and Date to be Announced.
Prof Manthia Diawara is University Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature and film at New York University, USA. He is the director of the Institute of African American Affairs. He has published several books on African Diaspora cultures, films, and literatures. He has directed numerous acclaimed documentary films.

Venue: HUMA Seminar Room, 4th Floor, Humanities Building, University Avenue South, Upper Campus.

All welcome!


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