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Lecturer: Historical Studies

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Department of Historical Studies
Reference number: E210127

Applications are invited for one full-time permanent appointment at the Lecturer level in the Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. The Department is a leading centre for critical historical scholarship in Africa. Information about the Department can be found at

  • A PhD in History or a cognate discipline for appointment. Exceptional candidates nearing the completion of PhD may also be considered for the position.
  • Undergraduate teaching experience.
  • Experience in critically using historically underrepresented southern African vernacular sources in applicants' own research.
  • Peer-reviewed research publications will be an advantage.

We particularly encourage application from scholars pursuing innovative research in any field of intellectual, cultural, economic, political and social history of modern Africa. Academic fluency in historically underrepresented southern African vernaculars will be very positively considered. Candidates would be expected to have strong empirical grounding in their fields of specialization, a collaborative spirit, theoretical fluency, and ability and willingness to develop and teach critical and imaginative courses beyond their immediate research fields.

  • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Supervise postgraduate student research.
  • Undertake and publish own research.
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities at departmental level as required.

The annual cost of employment, including benefits is, R730 510

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a (single pdf file ) to Mr Ian Petersen at

Complete applications will include:
  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including the names and e-mail addresses of three academic referees.
  • A cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages, which includes a brief statement of teaching philosophy, a short description of past and current research, and an outline of future research plans.
  • One writing sample of no more than 30 pp. (for example, an article, conference paper or excerpt drawn from a dissertation chapter).
  • An original proposal for a twelve-week lecture course intended for final-year undergraduates in History. A course proposal may include:
       i. A title
      ii. A short 150-word introduction to the nature, contents and aims of the course, indicating the main questions, the types of study materials, and the skills involved.
      iii. Twelve explicit sub-themes expressed clearly in the titles of weekly lectures.
      iv. Specific readings, with full citation details, for each week's theme (not to exceed three for each week).

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.
An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Telephone: 021 650 2163
Reference number:E210127
Closing date:10 March 2021

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at For this post we seek particularly to attract Black South African Candidates (i.e. African, Coloured, Indian).

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

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