The second profound way in which the NIHSS creates value is by dynamising the fields of research and teaching in the HSS through a range of Catalytic Research Projects and Humanities Hubs. The NIHSS will establish Catalytic Research Projects and Humanities Hubs by 2020.
- Invite proposals from researchers to conduct coherent, collaborative research programmes that involve a network of researchers in humanities and social sciences study areas that have been approved;
- Fund projects and provide resources to encourage the recognition and advancement of the role and contribution of the humanities and social sciences;
- Encourage transformative relevance by demonstrating significant transformation in the humanities and social sciences, by applying the principle that any CRP research must open new areas of research in the humanities and social sciences, which will have a multiplier effect on future research projects and which holds serious transformative implications for the curriculum in the HSS;
- Encourage the use of networks and resources to dynamise fields of scholarship that are under researched and are of importance to nationbuilding and knowledge production; and
- Build capacity by offering training and funding opportunities to postgraduate students (Honours and Masters levels).
- Mirror priorities in the bigger plan for the revitalisation of HSS research; and
- Are targeted interventions with the objective of intervening deliberately to restructure research patterns, challenge dominant social assumptions that influence social, political and economic institutions, and produce new HSS knowledge. It is not only a matter of injecting funding and resources into scholarship; it is also important to shift debates and ideas towards alternative paradigms and new theory formulation:
- Demonstrate significant potential for a meaningful response to socio-economic problems that face South Africa and its citizens today.
- Advance a broad crosssection of research in uncharted territory.
- Have direct implications for curriculum development and transformation in training; and
- Connect to other strategic priorities within the public, non-profit, and private sectors, thereby creating a broad base of stakeholders and support to promote successful implementation.
|Project Leader(s) Identified||Institution|
|Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza||University of Cape Town|
|Prof. Shirley Walters||University of Western Cape|
|Prof. Pamela Maseko||University of North West|
|Dr Sazi Dlamini||University of KwaZuluNatal|
|Dr Elmarie Costandius||Stellenbosch University|
|Prof. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph||Wits University|
|Prof. Edward Webster||Wits University|
|Prof Premesh Lalu||University of Western Cape|
|Prof. Karl von Holdt||Wits University|
|Prof. Pumla Gobodo Madikizela||Stettenbosch University|