University Of Cape Town History Department

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University Of Cape Town History Department

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town has a long and proud tradition of academic excellence, professional leadership and social sensitivity. It is the oldest university history department in sub-Saharan Africa. Over more than a century, it has hosted and trained many of South Africa’s most creative, authoritative and impactful historians.
Our students have been successful in a wide range of careers both within the academic and beyond. As one of the most prestigious departments in the highest ranked university in the continent, we are intent on maintaining our traditional strengths in original research on southern African history, while actively developing research and teaching interests in connected and comparative histories.

Contact Us

Please contact the relevant person in the Department with any queries using the information below.
Mrs Colleen Petersen
Administrative Officer
(Postgraduate queries)
+27 (0)21 650 2742
colleen.petersen@uct.ac.za
Room 244, Beattie Building
 
Ms Alicia Ernstzen
Administrative Assistant
(Undergraduate queries)
+27 (0)21 650 2955
alicia.ernstzen@uct.ac.za
Room 245, Beattie Building
Dr Bodhisattva Kar
Head of Department
+27 (0)21 650 1453
head.historicalstudies@uct.ac.za
Room 237, Beattie Building