Activities in the Humanities field are overseen by a Standing Committee on the Humanities, which was established in 2012 following one of the recommendations of the ASSAf consensus study on The State of Humanities in South Africa.

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State of Humanities in South Africa

This is the first ever Report on the Humanities in South Africa. As is the custom, several interlinked studies were carried out to gather and collate both quantitative and qualitative data for this Report. The Report provides invaluable detail about the challenges and opportunities in building on the many pools of excellence in the Humanities in South Africa. The Report should be used as a guideline for policy makers to do something concrete to improve the circumstances faced by the Humanities, not only in South Africa, but also across the world.


Title: Consensus Study on the State of the Humanities in South Africa: Status, prospects and strategies
Published by: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Publication date: August 2011
Publication Type: Evidence and Consensus-based Study
Aims/Objectives: This consensus study aims to examine the present status and role of the Humanities in South Africa and to suggest ways to strengthen and advance the contribution of the Humanities to national life and development in South Africa.
Collaborators: The Ford Foundation, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa.
Full report available here: PDF


 Symposium – Humanities Symposium (27 october 2010)