Welcome to Indexing The Human

Provoking a re-thinking of the past and future of social anthropology and of the human sciences more broadly at Stellenbosch University and in the region through a programme of research, seminars, workshops and collaborative learning opportunities. This project is now concluded!

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About Indexing The Human

Hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, the project takes Stellenbosch and its surrounds as a specific locality from which to think through a range of problematics concerning the production of knowledge, the techniques of governance and their limits, and the distribution of hope and harm. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the programme seek to draw in scholars from around the world who might crack open some of our deepest held assumptions about what it means to be human in the particular historical conditions of contemporary South Africa and in the global South.

Latest from the blog

The site is now archived

The Indexing the Human project has now come to an end, but the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology has continued the work with a larger-scale successor project, Indexing Transformation: Interventions in Critical Knowledge Production in South Africa.

Bianca Joseph: History was made and I was there

Saturday 24 October 2015, 5am; today – different to yesterday – was not the unison shout of ‘Amandla, Awethu’ that woke me up. Students nationally …

Rob Pattman – Some observations from an historic day at Stellenbosch

24 October 2015 –   Yesterday was really strange.

Statement from Concerned Staff – 22 October 2015

A group of approximately 75 concerned staff met today to discuss the crisis within our university and higher education sector.

Language and transformation at Stellenbosch University: presentation notes

Presenters’ texts from the recent panel discussion on 4 June 2015

Reading Group

An open reading group meets weekly every Thursday from 3-4:30pm to read around the themes and concepts discussed by our visiting scholars. Please email us to join in: info@indexingthehuman.org