Catalytic Research Programme

Catalytic Research Projects and Humanities Hubs refer to a primarily research-based programme, which aims to catalyse and open up new avenues for HSS scholarship, and to assist in and promote the development of research in the HSS. This is to be undertaken through the establishment of a network of researchers across the university system in South Africa. Such networks may also include researchers and collaborations beyond the borders of South Africa.

The aim is to sustain activities that support the following:

  • Coherent collaborative research programmes that involve a network of researchers in study areas that have been approved;
  • Research to design a coherent, collaborative research programme where there is some existing knowledge base and expertise to draw on but which needs to be tabled for approval to become as above;
  • Proposals to engage in research in largely unexplored areas; and
  • Thematic annual events aimed at broader public participation in, and promotion of, the HSS as a vital part of public culture.
Catalytic Projects Project Leader(s) Identified Institution
Pre-1652 Historiography Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza University of Cape Town
Traditions of Popular Education in South Africa Prof. Shirley Walters University of Western Cape
Indigenous Languages and Humanities Concept Formation Prof. Russell Kaschula and Dr Pamela Maseko Rhodes University
Sources of Creativity Dr Sazi Dlamini University of KwaZuluNatal
Sources of Creativity - Design South Africa Dr K Netshiombo and Dr Elmarie  Costandius Durban University of Technology and Stellenbosch University
Sources of Creativity - Formation of a Composers' Ensemble Prof. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph  and Dr Cameron Harris Witwatersrand University
Hidden Voices - Unpublished Work, 1950 - 1990 Prof. Edward Webster and Dr Irma du Plessis Chris Hani Institute and University of Pretoria
Hidden Voices - The Art and Music Prof Premesh Lalu University of Western Cape
Alternatives B - Socio-Economic Alternatives ThinkTank Prof. Karl von Holdt and Seeraj Mahomed Witwatersrand University
Post-Conflict Reconstruction Prof. Pumla Gobodo Madikizela University of Free State