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21 September 2018

Professor Chapman receives 2018 HSRC Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Friday 21 September 2018 – The Human Sciences Research Council yesterday bestowed the 3rd Annual Medal in the Social Sciences and Humanities on Professor Michael Chapman of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. 

Below please find Professor Chapman’s profile as well as the HSRC Medal for Social Sciences list of nominees.

Professor Chapman is also Professor Emeritus and Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

The event was co-hosted with ASSAF which also saw the 2018 ASSAF Book Award being awarded to Professor Chabani Manganyi for his work Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist: A Memoir by N. Chabani Manganyi.

The annual Humanities Lecture, entitled IntergenerationalTrauma, Past and Present: Why the Internal Worlds of Black Lives Matter was delivered by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University.

Professor Chapman was considered a worthy recipient of the annual Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities based on his sterling contribution to the discipline. 

As an A-rated NRF researcher since 2003, he is the sole author of 5 books, has compiled and edited 15 anthologies, and has published over 90 articles and chapters-in-books in accredited publications. His 500-page literary history, Southern African Literatures won the Bill Venter Award for academic writing and continues to be cited, both locally and internationally, as the landmark book on the literature of the southern African subcontinent. Professor Chapman has also been awarded the Southern Africa Gold Medal by the English Academy.

Professor Chapman, a graduate of the University of London, Natal, and UNISA, he began his academic career in 1978 at the University of South Africa and, in 1984, was appointed as Professor of English at the then University of Natal. He served as Head of Department and, for 10 years, as the Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences.

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About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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