Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship
The overarching vision of the University of Pretoria is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for quality, relevance, impact, developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally. Within the context of this vision, having a Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship can contribute to the development of outstanding research activities that cross the boundaries of disciplines.
Fragmented knowledge and extreme specialization in narrowly defined sectors of scholarship can allow universities to compete very successfully within these fields of scholarship, but little of this knowledge has been used to facilitate the progress of our communities and society. In order to provide an environment outside of the domains of faculties, in which there can be an exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries and across generations of scholars, the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship was established in 2013 and is located in Old College House in the heart of the Hatfield Campus. Its central purpose is to provide a locus for undertaking and debating new ideas in an environment that faciltates interaction between senior scholars, eminent visiting scholars, postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Centre brings together and provides the required intellectual home for senior scholars, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students to conduct scholarly debates across disciplines. Their work is conducted in a setting where it can be used to address important social issues within a multidisciplinary perspective. Of particular emphasis will be the contribution of the Humanities and Social Sciences to these debates.
African Observatory for Environmental Humanities launches at CAS
The African Observatory for Environmental Humanities at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship faces the environmental challenges of the 21st century head on! Issues around land development, pollution and climate change are of concern for the African continent as they unsettle daily life for people at all levels of society.
The AOEH simultaneously recognizes the potential for humankind to become aware and therefore responsible agents of change.
Two CAS fellows recognized in 2015 Vice-Chancellors Book Awards
The 2015 Vice-Chancellors Book Award (for scholarly books, monographs or collections) was received by Prof Jan Boeyen for 'The Chemistry of Matter Waves' in the natural and applied sciences, and in the humanities and social sciences Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti was recognized for his book titled 'Gross Domestic Problem'. Pictured from L-R are Prof Stephanie Burton (Vice-Principal: Research), Prof Jan Boeyens, Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal) and Prof Norman Duncan (Vice-Principal: Academic).
Lifetime Achievement Award from the NRF
One of the most prestigious awards presented by the NRF each year is the NRF Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development of scholarship in and for South Africa over an extended period of time. This year, this prestigious accolade was bestowed on Professor Chabani Manganyi, a research fellow in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria (UP).
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