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Pt exhibition 2014 Eric Loubser

Outputs of nine-year research project on show at Slee Gallery

The outputs of a research project conducted over the last nine years by the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques division of the Visual Arts Department, can now be viewed at the Slee Gallery in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The group exhibition, Platinum-juwelierskuns – BACK TO THE FUTURE – Platinum Art Jewellery, was opened on 6 […]

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Hans Roosenschoon scholarships awarded to two gifted composers

Two scholarships of R25 000 each were recently awarded to two gifted undergraduate and postgraduate music students specialising in composition. The first Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Composition Scholarships were awarded to Roché van Tiddens and Lise Morrison this year. Roché, who is an undergraduate student, passed his third year of BMus (Composition) with six distinctions, […]

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Your vote DOES count

With a final round of election registration scheduled for 8 and 9 February, political scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) and non-governmental organisations are encouraging citizens, especially the youth, to register for the upcoming elections. “Your vote does count,” says Dr Nicola de Jager from the Political Science Department. “The proportional representation system applied by South […]

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Arts Faculty awards 26 doctorates at December graduation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences recently conferred 26 PhD degrees at the December graduation ceremony held specifically for doctoral graduates in the Endler Hall of the Conservatorium. This is the first year that Stellenbosch University (SU) has organised separate graduation ceremonies for PhD graduates. “I am very proud of each PhD student that […]

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Coaching session by Ronel Steyn at SSD conference

Conference to focus on the invaluable contribution that the social sciences make to development

PhD researchers and leading academics from across the globe are meeting at Stellenbosch University (SU) this week to discuss the invaluable contribution that the social sciences make to development throughout the world. The weeklong event, titled Social Sciences for Development, will take place from 28 October to 01 November and is co-hosted by the Faculty […]

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Prof Van Niekerk appointed as member of the NHREC

Prof Anton van Niekerk (photo), Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics, both at Stellenbosch University (SU), has been appointed as a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) in September by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. This appointment is for a three-year period.  […]

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Frans Swanepoel to head ASSAf agriculture consensus study

Frans Swanepoel to lead national ASSAf consensus study

Prof Frans Swanepoel (photo), Deputy-Director of the African Doctoral Academy has been appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) to chair a national consensus study to revitalise Agricultural Education and Training (AET) in South Africa. The mandate of the ASSAf Consensus Studies is to provide evidence-based advice to government on matters of […]

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Prof Johann Cook

Cook appointed as President of IOSOT

Prof Johann Cook (photo), a lecturer in Stellenbosch University’s Department of Ancient Studies and researcher specialising in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), was recently appointed as President of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT). The news was officially announced at an IOSOT business meeting in Munich, Germany, […]

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August edition of Arts and Social Sciences newsletter on web

Read more about achievers, interesting research and Faculty news in the August edition of Letter. To see the Latest newsletter of the Faculty, please click here or visit

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Time for change is now says Mamphela Ramphele

The ruling party has betrayed what many leaders of the struggle fought and died for by allowing a culture of corruption to spread with impunity. On Wednesday (31 July) Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the country’s youngest political party, Agang, lashed out at South Africa’s leaders when she spoke to students on the campus of Stellenbosch […]

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Linguistics conference 2013: Record number of papers on language practice

The joint annual conference of the South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT), the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) and the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa (LSSA) was held in Stellenbosch from 1 to 4 July. This conference, an annual event for linguists from all over South Africa and the rest of the world, […]

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The Bothers Grimm

Seminar: Department of Modern Foreign Languages

You are cordially invited to a lecture by Dr Isabel dos Santos (Stellenbosch University – German Section) on Celebrating the Brothers Grimm Date: Friday 2 August 2013 Time: 13:00 – 13:50 Where: Arts & Social Sciences Building: Seminar Room 551

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Sandra Swart

Sandra Swart on presidency of SA Historical Society

Professor Sandra Swart of the Department of History at Stellenbosch University was recently appointed President of the Southern African Historical Society.Stephanie Nieuwoudt asked her a few questions: What does this appointment mean for you? The SAHS is the professional body for our discipline in the region (Southern Africa). The Society promotes professional historical research, the teaching of history […]

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Sosiologie Sean Beckett

Postgraduate students takes top honours at SASA Congress

Two postgraduate students in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University recently received top honours at the South African Sociological Association (SASA) Council’s Student Essay Competition for papers they presented at the Council’s Annual Congress (2012). Gugulethu Siziba, a PhD student, received the first prize while Sean Beckett, who is busy with his masters’ degree, took home […]

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Rapport’s editor is a former Matie

Waldimar Pelser who recently took over the reins at the Sunday newspaper Rapport, is a former Matie – he first studied law before doing a degree in journalism. To read more about this alumnus of the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, click here or go to

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