University of Cape Town

03 Oct Masters Fellowships in the Environmental Humanities, Cape Town

Applications are invited for three Masters fellowships for the M Phil specialising in the Environmental Humanities programme at UCT, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Towards an Environmental Humanities of the South:
Debates about ecology, energy and natural resource management in Southern Africa are often trapped in a polemic between ‘development’ and ‘the environment’. With the goal of reimagining and reconfiguring the terms of such exchanges, and exploring the specific ways in which they take form in the global south, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town is launching a new interdisciplinary research initiative to support the emergence of an Environmental Humanities of the South.  Supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, the Initiative is grounded in a new taught M.Phil specialising in the Environmental Humanities.

With topics ranging from scientific modelling to government policy, from social justice movements to the creative arts, the programme will examine questions of sustainability, human wellbeing and the environment in their broadest sense.  In a 21st-century context of increasing pressure on the biosphere, the environmental humanities provide a vital intellectual space that enables researchers, students, artists, writers, scientists, policy-makers and practitioners to reflect critically on the concepts that underlie environmentalism in the Anthropocene.

Applications are invited for the six fellowships at the different levels. Of particular interest would be research projects that address environmental conflicts related to the following themes:

  • Race and the making of an environmental public
  • The militarisation of conservation
  • Energy provision, climate change and the challenges of the decolonising South
  • Ecological modelling and democratic decision-making
  • Space and place in southern African and postcolonial literature


Application for the Masters Fellowships:

The final date for applications is the 31st October 2014. Applications will be evaluated competitively by a selection committee and announcements will be made by 30 November 2014.

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