The Arts and Humanities in South Africa: Past, Present and Future

24 Dec 2018 - 13:15
Caption: Cover of the report, 30th Anniversary of Grantmaking in South Africa (1988–2018). Photo courtesy of the Mellon Foundation.


In October 2018, APC Research Chair, Carolyn Hamilton, participated in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Regional Colloquium, The Arts and Humanities in South Africa: Past, Present and Future, held at the University of Stellenbosch. The Colloquium was held to mark thirty years of grant-making in South Africa by the Foundation. It addressed a series of questions: What are key enabling and disenabling legacies and conditions for advancing knowledge, enhancing artistic creativity, undertaking effective teaching and learning, and cultivating the next and new generations of scholars and artists in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS)? What interventions would enable AHSS to flourish in South Africa? How could key South African institutions contribute more effectively to strengthening AHSS and related institutional capacities and individual capabilities?

The Colloquium comprised four panel discussions on: Legacies (facilitator Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela with inputs from Njabulo Ndebele and Jane Taylor); Contemporary Conditions (facilitator Nomalanga Mkhize with inputs from Lungisile Ntsebeza, Ari Sitas, Mike van Graan and John Higgins); Looking Ahead (facilitator Nomusa Makhubu with inputs from Premesh Lalu and Carolyn Hamilton); and Critical Reflections (facilitator Mariët Westermann with inputs from Suren Pillay and Philip Lewis).