Quote of the week

This is a book of desire denied, of what the pain of that impotence drives people to do, and how it makes them unwilling contortionists and even co-conspirators in their oppression. From ‘The Transformation of Harry’: “And there we all were; in an uncertain country, ourselves uncertain. A land with a sly heart; and ourselves ready to be deceived.” For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening. First published in 1978, The House of Hunger speaks, or rather shouts, forward from its own time to 2017. Perhaps the most painful parts of the book to read are those that show how little has changed in thirty-nine years. For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening.

Efemia Chela
On The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
23 July 2012

Calling prospective doctoral students

See the attached advertisement. If there is a highly motivated, disciplined and enthusiastic stduent out there interested in pursuing doctoral studies in Constitutional Law, feel free to contact me to discuss options.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE DOCTORAL AND RESEARCH MASTER’S PROGRAMMES

The Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Town hosts scholars and students from many nations and provides a highly interactive and friendly environment for study and research.

The Faculty has fast-growing doctoral and research Master’s programmes, and is seeking 15 highly motivated individuals to join these programmes in the following fields of research.

Public Law: Human Rights, Marine and Environmental Law, Law and Society, Sexual Offences, Women, Land Tenure and the Law, Evidence and Criminal Procedure.

Commercial Law: Labour Law, Corporations and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Private Law: African Customary Law, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Contract, Consumer

Protection, Property Law (especially Land, Minerals and Petroleum), Persons and Family,

Legal History, Legal Education, Delict, Unjustified Enrichment and Legal History.

Applicants for the positions should submit an application and the following documents online (https://www.uct.ac.za/) to the University of Cape Town:

• brief CVs

• transcripts of their qualifications (unless they are UCT graduates)

• the names and email addresses of two referees

• two to three page statements of the topics they wish to research.

Successful applicants for the advertised positions will be given probationary registration for a period of six months, during which time they will be required to finalise their thesis/dissertation proposals under the guidance of their supervisors. In addition, they will be required to participate in a two week preparatory course, and, thereafter, complete a ten week course on language and legal reasoning.

At the end of the period of probationary registration, final thesis/dissertation proposals must be submitted for consideration by the Faculty’s Higher Degrees Committee, which may then recommend entry into a doctoral or master’s programme or registration for a postgraduate diploma.

The Faculty will offer a scholarship to cover the tuition fees of the top ten applicants for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. A limited number of NRF grantholder-linked scholarships will be available in African Customary Law, as well as Property Law.

Likely candidates will be invited for interviews, which will be held in Cape Town – or, if need be, by teleconference – in October 2012.

The closing date for applications is 4 September 2012.

For further information see http://www.doctoralprogram.uct.ac.za/

 

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