The College of Humanities recently held its first postgraduate conference at the Innovation Centre with registered postgraduate students presenting papers pertinent to their current research study.

About 80 students delivered presentations at the event which proved to be a great success.

The Conference theme was: “Surveying the Humanities Research Landscape: What’s under the Postgraduate Lens”?

‘The theme was appropriate because it was an exercise of stock-taking of research conducted in the Humanities from the viewpoint of postgraduate students and how this could be nuanced and deepened for beneficial outcomes in the future for both scholars and students,’ said Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the College of Humanities, Professor Joseph Ayee.

‘As postgraduate students in the Humanities the future is bright for them because they are being nurtured to become the next generation of scholars.’

College Dean of Research, Professor Sarojini Nadar, said: ‘I am confident the conference enabled us to get an overview of the rich and wide variety of research being conducted and foregrounded in the Humanities at UKZN.

‘Furthermore, postgraduates got to showcase their varied research areas and were exposed to scholarly critique and most importantly were afforded the opportunity to have their papers published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.’

Ms Nqobile Dlomo, a postgraduate student from the Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS), was thrilled to be given the opportunity to share her research paper.

‘It was the first time I presented a paper at a conference and it was terrifying but it was all worth it because I got a lot of constructive feedback from the audience. This will now help me continue and improve my research paper. The conference was a great learning opportunity for me as a masters student,’ said Dlomo.

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