College of Humanities

College of Humanities launches Doctoral Academy

June 19, 2019
The College of Humanities launched its Doctoral Academy with the first of four research seminars to equip PhD candidates with scientific writing skills. The seminar covered the writing process and producing a rigorous research proposal.
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UKZN hosts Oliver Mtukudzi Memorial Lecture

June 13, 2019
As part of Africa Month celebrations, the School of Arts in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and uMsunduzi Museum hosted the inaugural Oliver Mtukudzi memorial lecture in Pietermaritzburg.
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School of Arts bids farewell to German Academic

June 13, 2019
The School of Arts recently bid farewell to one of its longstanding academics in Foreign Languages, Professor Bernhard Kytzler, who will turn 90 in August. After working at UKZN for 27 years, Kytzler will now return to his home in Germany.
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Humanities staff and students to perform at National Arts Festival

June 13, 2019
Music lecturers Professors Salim Washington and Christopher Cockburn and the UKZN Jazz Ensemble and Hexagon Theatre Director Mr Peter Mitchell will showcase their work at the 45th National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly known as Grahamstown) from 27 June to 9 July.
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Prof. Nhlanhla Mkhize

DVC & Head of College

PA/Secretary: Ms Lebohang Sibisi
Email Address:
Phone: 031 260 2874
Campus: Howard College Campus

Welcome Message from the DVC

Welcome to the College of Humanities. Our college, the largest at UKZN, comprises six schools namely:

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, I am supported by six school Deans as well as a Dean of Teaching and Learning and Research, while  administrative support is provided by the College Director of Professional Services who has the function
and role of a College Registrar.

With the increasing number of students passing Grade 12 in South Africa, our College has found itself the desirable destination for many young people who wish to pursue careers that will allow them to contribute positively in their
lives, communities, the country and the world over.

The quality of the teaching, learning and research that we provide cannot be doubted. Over the years, our students have gone on to be accepted in graduate programmes in top universities throughout the world. This affirms the dedication
our staff and students display in all their academic endeavors.

The College of Humanities continues to conduct strategic research, which ensures global reach and local impact simultaneously. It is not uncommon to have some of our academics conduct research for, in partnership with or with international
organisations such as agencies of the United Nations, the African Union, European Union, the Wellcome Trust and Irish Aid. Our academics regularly serve on various government boards and special committees founded to inform government
policy, research and responsiveness to the many societal problems faced in the growing South African democracy.

The College has two SARChi chairs in poverty studies and more than 60 academics rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The Sneddon Theatre in Durban and the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg are also part of the College of Humanities.

Many people reading this message may have attended College spectaculars such as the Durban International Film Festival, The Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa or the Dance Festival known as Jomba. These festivals are supported by a
variety of partners, including the eThekwini Municipality.

The College of Humanities is not only a hub of learning, it is also a place to network, form lifelong partnerships and international bonds.

The College has expanded its global footprint by engaging in strategic Memorandums of Understanding with Universities on the African continent as well as those in Europe and North America. We are very proud of the doctoral schools
and supervision cohorts we have set up in Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Swaziland.  These partnerships allow us to address our own challenges while reciprocally offering knowledge from our unique experiences to our global partners.

This website is designed for current and prospective students and staff members from all corners of the globe to interact with us, receive information, enquire and be exposed to our good work. Each one of the schools within the College
has a dedicated webpage, which will assist in getting information that is specific to a student’s study interests, research and/or teaching expertise.

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College of Humanities @ a Glance

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The College of Humanities, the largest of UKZN’s four Colleges, is the home of critical thinking, social commentary and robust intellectual debate. It is aptly referred to as “The Soul of the University.”

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