Preliminary Call for Interest: New Universities Project, South Africa

New Universities Project, South Africa
School of Heritage, Northern Cape
Preliminary Call for Interest

Two new universities will open in South Africa in 2014/15. These are the first universities to be launched by the South African government since the move to full democracy in 1994, and will be located in the town of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province and the city of Kimberley, Northern Cape Province.

As part of a drive to focus on indigenous histories and culture, Kimberley will open its School of Heritage in 2015/16, initially incorporating qualifications in Field Archaeology and Museum Studies. Provision will also be made for teaching and research in the Palaeosciences. A Centre for Khoisan Research will stand at the heart of the School, offering research opportunities to scholars involved in any discipline related to this subject, including but not limited to ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, politics, gender, sociology, genetics, education, traditional medicine, oral traditions, art, and history. The unit will provide archive and storage space for researchers active in fieldwork within the wider region (including those working with communities or on sites in neighbouring Namibia and Botswana), laboratory, library and research resources (including trained fieldwork assistants), as well as short to medium-term accommodation for both international and local academic visitors.

The School will require permanent lecturing staff in Field Archaeology and Museum Studies from 2015 and/or 2016, and in the Palaeosciences soon after. In addition, the School wishes to make use of sessional lecturers to cover a range of courses and modules, thus providing high-calibre teaching to our students in combination with on-the-ground research opportunities to our sessional staff. We would welcome graduate or undergraduate students who might accompany sessional lecturers to South Africa from their respective home institutions.

Whilst we are still very much in the planning phases as regards staffing, we would like to invite interested parties to contact us. We will be pleased to hear from doctoral or post-doctoral candidates who wish to pursue an academic career involving both teaching and research in South Africa, as well as masters, doctoral or post-doctoral research students currently active in the region.

We are keen to set up collaborations with junior and senior lecturing staff, in particular those within Museum Studies fields (including theory-driven subjects, natural and social histories, and scientific artefact conservation), Khoisan-related disciplines, and the Palaeosciences, with respect to sessional lecturing and research proposals. Departments wishing to discuss potential undergraduate exchange programme initiatives, and Directors of research units, museums or archives housing prehistoric, historic or modern-day indigenous material pertaining to the arid interior of southern Africa interested in establishing a relationship with the new university, are also invited to drop us a line on the following email address:

We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr Marcelle Olivier
Academic Programme Manager: School of Heritage, University of the Northern Cape
New Universities Project, South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand

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