Catalytic Projects









Catalytic 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.
Lead Institution Principal Race Gender  Research Area Team members Partnering Institutions
Durban University of Technology Prof Monique Marks White Female Sociology Dr Shaun Shelly, Dr. Simon Howell, Bernado Perez, Dr. Dylan McGarry, Chris Overall, Haroon Wadee, David Jones, Neil Coppen University of Cape Town, Instituto Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios, DUT, Rhodes University, Durban Metro Police, Durban University of Technology, University of Kwa-Zulu Nata
University of the Witwatersrand Prof. Karl von Holdt White Male History Prof Alf Gunvald Nilsen  University of Bergen
University of the Western Cape Prof Antjie Krog  White Female Literature Prof Christopher John Stroud University of the Western Cape
University of Johannesburg Prof Linda Chisholm White Female Education Prof Michelle Friedman, WITS University
University of the Witwatersrand Prof Stephanie Allais White Female Education Prof Yael Shalem WITS University
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Prof Janet Cherry White Female Development Studies Mr Nkosinathi Jikeka, Mr Patrick Brennan   Amandla
University of Pretoria Prof Maxi Schoeman White Male Political Sciences Prof Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Ms Busisiwe Khaba,Prof Mzukisi Qobo, Prof Chris Alden, Dr Adriana Abdenur,  Wits School of Governance, Institute for Global Dialogue, North West University,  University of Johannesburg, BRICS Policy Centre, Rio de Janeiro
University of Cape Town Prof. Xolela Mangcu Black Male African Studies     
University of Cape Town Prof Shamil Jeppie Coloured Male History Prof Abou El- Farah,Professor Moustapha Elemine,Dr. Samaila Sulaiman, Bayero University of Kano, Nigeria, University of Nouackhott, Mauritania, Univerity of Rabat, Morocco