NewsClips (06/11/2020)

Posted on November 07, 2020

Dear Humanities Colleagues


We have had a very busy week in the Faculty!


WHO Collaborating Centre 


I would like to start by congratulating the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for being designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss. This is an extraordinary honour for the Department, the Faculty and the University and I would like to recognise Dr Leigh Biagio de Jagerand Prof De Wet Swanepoel for their persistent efforts to make this possible.


Loerie Award Nominations


The staff and students from our Information Design Programme (School of the Arts) also need to be commended on their impressive 22 Loerie award nominations this year! Here is a detailed list of our nominations / finalists:

Motion Graphics:        

  • Alexander Melck
    • Tenaya Douglas - Have you ever been hypnotised?                                            
  • Kyle Rath 
    • Megan Steyn - The sinister side
    •  Kaela Butler-White - Eyebrows on fleek
    • Vivienne Watt - The waggle dance
    • Helene-Marie Guillaume -The evolution of humanity’s appearance
    • Dian Labuschagne & Tumi Mamabolo – Goddess
    • Nadine Evans & Michaela Hancock - Horror-scopes
    • Kaylin & Dylan Beangstrom - Red in black and white
    • Ian & Kayleigh Ellerbeck – It’s complicated
    • Thomas Naude & Sarah Thompson - Kimiko


  • Marguerite van der Merwe:
    • Thomas Naude – Valkyria
    • Dian Labuschagne - Babil & bijou

 Film & TV:

  • Kyle Rath
    • Dian Labuschagne & Tumi Mamabolo – Goddess

Indoor Posters:

  • Duncan Reyburn & Michelle van Aswegen: 
    • Helene-Marie Guillaume - Elizabeth XXVI

Print design:

  • Jacques Lange, Kyle Rath, Maria Lebedeva
    • Johann Smith - Tempest Bishop (Book design)
    • Helene-Marie Guillaume - Vhugala (Book design)
    • Tim Botha - STEM (Book design)

Publication & creative writing:

  •  Jacques Lange, Kyle Rath, Maria Lebedeva 
    •  Helene-Marie Guillaume – Vhugala
    • Vivienne Watt - Mom & Woz
    • Tim Botha - STEM


  • Elske Nel
    • Johann Smith - Ghosts by gaslight


  • Duncan Reyburn & Michelle van Aswegen
    •  Tim Botha - Persephone


The winners will be announced between 16 – 20 November and I would like to wish them all the very best of luck. You can view some of the nominated motion work on the Information Design YouTube channel.



New SRC President from Humanities


Over the past few weeks students have been campaigning ahead of the SRC elections, which were held between 26-28 October 2020. I am pleased to congratulate Lerato Ndlovu who is a final year student in the Department of Political Sciences and the first black woman to be elected as the new SRC President.


I would also like to recognise our colleagues who have been busy across a variety of media and academic platforms. Here are this week’s highlights:


Appearances on Media Platforms

  •  Roland Henwood (Political Sciences) was interviewed on:
  • Elmien Claassens (Social Work & Criminology) discussed children’s career choices and the responsibility and role of the parent in this decision on PoortFM
  • Benda Hofmeyr (Philosophy) presented “Lojale verset: Gedateerd of aktueel? NP van Wyk Louw in gesprek met Foucault” in a symposium on NP van Wyk Louw 50 jaar na sy dood which was organised by Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns
  • The School of the Arts co-hosted an international colloquium together with the Department of Humanities Education titled “Angels, Ancestors, Alchemy and the Arts in Africa: Multi-disciplinary socio-cultural representations/traditions of African spirituality (‘seen’ and ‘unseen’)” from 29-31 October 2020
  • Jonathan Okeke Chimakonam (Philosophy) presented “Two Concepts of Nkali” at the UJ Philosophy Colloquium Webinar
  • A review, Kerkeenheid: ’25 vermorste jare’, of Siona O’Connell’s film, In Gods Naam, has been published on Network24 and in the Rapport
  • Chris Nshimbi (Political Sciences) presented a paper titled ‘“One finger doesn’t crush a louse”. The case for polycentric transboundary water governance and regional integration in Southern Africa” at the  21st WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA Symposium hosted by WaterNet.
  • The Lentsu La Sechaba Community Engagement Newsletter Volume 7 features articles by:
    • Makone Maja (Student Entrepreneurship Office) on “Community disengagement? Another COVID-19 Lockdown Reflection”  
    •  Maretha Visser (Psychology) on “Psychology goes online
    • Faheema Mohomed Asmail Renata Eccles (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) on “Adapting the implementation of the integrated health care leadership community engagement project amid COVID-19
  • Hein Willemse (Afrikaans) published an opinion piece on democracy in the context of the US election on Media24
  • Willie Burger (Afrikaans) was interviewed on RSG about Hennie Aucamp’s contribution to the Sestigers and about his legacy
  • Sithembile Mbete (Political Sciences) participated in the Foundation for Human Rights webinar on the topic: “International Convention against Apartheid – Will the crime of apartheid as a crime against humanity ever be prosecuted?” and her article on US elections was published in the Mail & Guardian.
  • Ian MacQueen’s (Historical & Heritage Sciences) paper, ‘Shaka Zulu in the Polish People’s Republic: Interrogating Cultural Exchanges in the Late Cold War’ featured on the UP Website.
  • Abdi Ismail Samatar (Political Sciences) opinion piece, “Fractured America: can Biden Heal the Rift?” featured on the UP Website


Publications on academic platforms:


Scheduled Events:

  • Please participate in the International Hope Barometer Survey being run by Tharina Guse (Psychology) and Andreas Krafft at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland. To complete the survey please click here
  • Stephen Symons' (Historical & Heritage Studies) Third collection of poetry "FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS POINTLESS AND PERFECT" will be launched on the 9th of November 2020 by Karavan Press  
  • Wessel van Wyk (School of the Arts) will be performing Piano Concerto no.2 by Frans Liszt with the CTSO under the Israeli conductor Pinchas Steinberg in the Cape Town City Hall which will feature on the website 


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