Centre for African Studies
University of Cape Town
The Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is an interdisciplinary teaching and research cluster located in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics. It consist of two sections, the Centre for African Studies and the African Studies Unit. Between them they carry out and support a large number of projects and programmes.
The African Studies Unit offers a full academic program, concentrated at the graduate level but also including some undergraduate courses. Typically, the program’s students are interested in critical, interdisciplinary, Africa-focused scholarship. They are interested in thinking outside of the frameworks of an inherited set of knowledge projects. And they are interested in taking seriously the critical and intellectual traditions of the Global South.
The Centre for African Studies is the longest-established institution of its kind. Re-launched in 2012, it carries a mandate for promoting and supporting African Studies across the various Faculties of the University of Cape Town.
Together, the Centre for African Studies and the African Studies Unit house and support a number of projects, including: the African Studies Gallery; the AC Jordan Chair of African Studies; the NRF Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa; the journal Social Dynamics; the Harry Oppenheimer Institute, a granting committee that supports African Studies at UCT; and Curate Africa, a project focused on photography, new media and visual cultures of Africa and the Diaspora. The Centre for African Studies also supports a growing list of collaborations, research projects, seminars, student initiatives, and publication initiatives.