2018 History Access Scholarships: Terms and Conditions

1. All History Access scholarships are conditional on maintaining full-time enrolment in the relevant postgraduate programmes (Honours, Master’s or PhD) at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. If awardees register as part-time students, their scholarships will be suspended. This award restricts part-time employment to a maximum of 12 hours per week.

2. An awardee must commence the scholarship in the year for which the scholarship was offered. Commencement of scholarships cannot be deferred.


The HISTORY ACCESS programme is an attempt to operationalise a set of concrete, sustainable and institutionally implementable transformative practices which can creatively respond to the perceived disconnect between the academic discipline and the public lives of the pasts in the fraught context of South Africa.

Vernacular Universals

This cluster of HISTORY ACCESS will be focused on the questions of multilinguality.

Cyber Security Symposium Africa 2018

Mon, 2018-07-09 09:00 to Thu, 2018-07-12 17:00
Global cyber-attacks such as Wannacry, have once again highlighted the need for having security measures in place to ensure that your data and organisation is secure. With the Cyber Security Symposium Africa's (CSSA) theme for 2018 being the Future is Now, our featured speakers, will address Gartner’s top cybersecurity trends. These include skills shortage, cloud, and a shift to detection and response. The symposium will once again bring together those in the security field to share knowledge and ideas, and identify possible collaborations. Please contact the CSSA 2018 organising committee via email at, should you have any questions. Alternatively, visit the CSSA website,, for the latest information, developments and news.

Department of Religious Studies Seminar: Tracking Eternity by Prof Pippa Skotnes

Wed, 2018-03-28
13:00 to 14:00
This talk centres on the nature of the book, both as an agent of academic work in the humanities, and as artist’s book that gives meaning to its form and medium. It acknowledges the codex as a Judeo-Christian inheritance even as it embraces its much older context as instrument for resisting mortality. In this, it is concerned with how, as an artist, one can negotiate a broader world of scholarship, the visual, historical fragments and texts, and draw on an expanded sensorium that engages both the material and the linguistic. Informing this talk is the Bleek and Lloyd archive of |xam and !kun texts – some tens of thousands of pages and documents produced in the 1870s and 1880s in Cape Town – and in particular the ideas of one |xam prisoner, a man called ||kabbo, who wanted to defy his own death by ensuring his stories would one day be known by way of books. Prof Pippa Skotnes (Michaelis Professor of Fine Art and the Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town) *Please read the essay that contextualises the presentation (Isabel Hofemyr’s Miraculous History of the Book, in Pippa Skotnes’s Book of Iterations)