The awards, now in their fifth year, are run by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and are open to South African publishers, scholars based in South African universities and independent artists linked to universities.
Each winning entry receives R65,000 prize money.
â€œWith the world over seemingly in turmoil; from the pandemic of the COVID-19; to our challenging economic climate, the concerning high unemployment rate and persistent levels of inequality; never has the need for education, relevance and innovation been so intenseâ€ said the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Mr Buti Manamela,
Speaking during the awards ceremony Manamela went on to sound a reminder on the importance of humanities and social sciences. Read more...
This year's winners of the third South African Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018, hosted by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), include My Own Liberator (Pan Macmillan South Africa) by Dikgang Moseneke for Best Non-Fiction Monograph; joint-winners for the Best Non-Fiction Edited Volume, Sol Plaatjes Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present (Wits University Press) by Brian Willan; Janet Remmington; Bhekizizwe Peterson, and Hanging on a Wire (Fourthwall Books) by Rick Rodhe; Siona O'Connell; Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and Other Stories (Modjaji Books) by Jolyn Phillips for Best Fiction Single Authored; When the moon waxes red by Sharlene Khan for Best Visual Art; Kafkaâ's Ape by Tony Miyambo and Phala Phala for Best Public Performance; Noem My Skollie by Kyle Shepherd for Best Musical Composition; Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa Critical Edition in Six Volumes by Christine Lucia for Best Digital Humanities (DH) Project for Community Engagement; and Artists' Books in South Africa by David Paton and Jack Ginsberg for Best DH Visualization or Infographics. Read more...
The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciencesâ€™ (NIHSS) 2nd Annual Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards are open to all academics, curators and artists who are based at participating South African universities working to advance the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). A key aim of the annual Awards is to give special recognition and celebrate outstanding, innovative and socially responsive works by those members of the HSS community who are undertaking the necessary labour of creating post â€“ apartheid and post â€“ colonial forms of scholarship, creative and digital humanities productions. The awards provide an opportunity to cast a deserving limelight to those intellectual-creative workers whose contributions often goes unnoticed both in the academy and society at large. These include the authors, playwrights, poets, artists, curators and publishers who ensure that we can enjoy these final products.
Finally, the (NIHSS) 2nd Annual Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards breathes life to the ideas expressed in the Humanities Charter to increase the recognition afforded to book and creative outputs; reposition these scholarly contributions as having public-value; and increase their appreciation and the role they play in building sustainable social cohesion and the re-imagining of the HSS.