From Cape Town to Lagos and beyond at UCT Summer School

20 Nov 2015 - 15:45

This year University of Cape Town Summer School is looking more deeply at our own city, country and continent, providing fresh perspectives on these places we call home. 

Courses will help participants to investigate every nook and cranny of the Cape – its rocks, its endurance races (the Argus Cycle Tour and the Two Oceans Marathon), its surfing culture, its Russian visitors, its newspaper history, its history of mental illness, and shipwrecks.

Looking more broadly at South Africa and the continent as a whole, there are lectures on South African art, music and current affairs as well as on African literature, cities and unity movements. Here is a chance to find out how African plants ended up in India and why Islam is such an important force in West Africa. We delve into the politics of place from Marikana to Bredasdorp and hear views on the 2016 municipal elections. 

Questions that trouble us now as much as they have in the past will come in for probing: education, the arms deal, crime, policing, conservation and freedom of the press.

Featuring over 30 professors from UCT and around the world, Summer School 2016 has courses to interest every deep-thinking person. For more information, see the Summer School website. To register or request a brochure contact 021 650 2888 or Contact Claire Kelly on 021 650 2887 or email her on for media enquiries.