JOB: Lecturer, Historical Studies, University of Cape Town

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Applications are invited for a 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. Exceptional candidates nearing the completion of PhD may also be considered for the position.

• Undergraduate teaching experience.


• Peer-reviewed research publications will be an advantage.

• Experience in digitally enabled public-oriented history will be very positively considered.


We particularly encourage applications from scholars pursuing innovative research in any field of intellectual, cultural, economic, political and social history of pre-nineteenth-century southern Africa. Candidates are 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, imaginative, and broad courses on precolonial and colonial southern Africa, as well as beyond their immediate research area.


• Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

• Supervise postgraduate student research.

• Undertake and publish own research.

• Carry out administrative responsibilities at department and/or faculty level as required.

The annual cost of employment, including benefits at Lecturer Level R850 385

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

  • 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 and experience, 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 will 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).
  • Details of our current course offerings are available at                                

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 and may be required to undergo an assessment.

Telephone:                   021 650 2163


Reference number:       E220262                                                         

Closing date:                 10 August 2022

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.