SA Books – #New – October 2015 – UCT Press


Growing the Next Generation of Researchers

A handbook for emerging researchers and mentors

Author:                  Lyn Holness

ISBN:                     9781775820857

Size:                      245 x 168mm

Extent:                  280 pages

Format:                Soft cover

Pub date:            Published – July 2015

Recommended Retail Price:       R265.00 (incl. VAT)

This book arises out of the work of the Emerging Researcher Programme at the University of Cape Town and builds on the publication entitled The Emerging Researcher: Nurturing passion, developing skills, producing output, co-authored by John W. de Gruchy and Lyn Holness (UCT Press: 2007). Designed as a tool for emerging researchers and their mentors, this new volume provides strategies for research growth in areas such as understanding the relationship between teaching and research; obtaining higher degrees; producing peer-reviewed research output; generating and managing research funding; effective research planning; engaging in interdisciplinary research; and postgraduate supervision.

The book addresses three primary readerships. It speaks first to institutions, and the imperative for institutional support in promoting research among junior staff members, sometimes requiring a shift in mindset and a prioritising of resources in order to be competitive as higher education institutions on the national and global platform. Second, it addresses those responsible for the task of mentoring new, young or inexperienced academics in developing their research capacity and igniting enthusiasm. Third, it is directed to emerging researchers themselves, identifying the skills required to produce sustained, quality research, and discussing strategies to do so. The book will have relevance for those across the spectrum denoted by the term ‘emerging’ – from those new to academia to those whose development as researchers has for some reason been thwarted, and those who are approaching the stage of being recognised as established researchers.

In response to the demand for the first book from researchers in the broader African context, the new book takes into account topics and challenges that are relevant across the sub-Saharan continent.


Reading Culture in South Africa

Editors:                                I Coovadia, A Dodd, C Parsons

ISBN:                     9781775820796                 

Size:                      245 x 168mm

Extent:                                 256 pages

Format:                Soft cover; duotone design

Pub date:            October 2015



Recommended Retail Price: R315.00 (incl. VAT)

Between 2009 and 2012, the Gordon Institute for the Performing and Creative Arts in Cape Town held the Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series which became a celebrated part of Cape Town’s cultural landscape, demonstrating current intellectual and creative thinking in South Africa. These lectures gave audiences a chance to engage with transformative texts and questions, to hear thought leaders speak on the ideas, the books, the art, and the films that matter to them and to us.

Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa brings together a selection of these lectures by world-renowned artists, writers and thinkers in the form of essays, for the benefit of a wider readership, with a contemporary design which plays with words. The authors range from novelists André Brink and Imraan Coovadia (one of the collection’s editors), to poets Gabeba Baderoon and Rustum Kozain, to artist William Kentridge and social activist Zackie Achmat. The topics are as wide as Don Quixote, Marx and Lincoln, trout fishing, Hamlet, the 19th-century Russian writer Gogol and Nabokov’s novel Lolita.

Today’s readers are increasingly interested in finding new ways to understand and live with great texts and the world of ideas. Books like this demonstrate that thinking about these texts does not have to be an inaccessibly academic pursuit.

Historical Archaeology at the Cape

The Material Culture of the Dutch East India Company (VOC)

Editor:                                      C Schrire

ISBN:                                        9781775822035

Size:                                          295 x 210mm

Extent:                                     288 pages

Format:                                    Soft cover, illustrated with black and white

                                                  photographs + CD with colour illustrations

Pub date:                                 July 2015


Recommended Retail Price:              R345.00 (incl. VAT)

This volume documents the analysis of excavated historical archaeological collections at the Cape of Good Hope, specifically The Castle in Cape Town and Oudepost in Saldanha Bay, over a period of 30 years. It provides a rich picture of life and times at this distant outpost of an immense Dutch seaborne empire in the late 17th and early 18th centuries – a vision of consumption, waste, taste, provisioning, identity and heritage. The book examines ceramics, glass, metal and other material objects in their archaeological contexts. By revealing the source, uses and significance of some of the material residues of the VOC, this book seeks to create a rich, comparative picture of colonial material culture in an emerging capitalist world.