SAHUDA collaborate with the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. See HSS Responses to COVID-19.
To express the views of its members, after due consultation, when requested or at its own
initiative, on matters of concern or interest to Humanities education at public universities.
To hold regular meetings with its members to discuss matters of common interest to the
management and execution of teaching, learning and research in the Humanities at South Africa’s universities.
The South African Humanities Deans Association (SAHUDA) is established by resolution of the Deans of Faculties of Humanities (or equivalent faculties). This proposal emerges from two gatherings of Deans (or their representatives) at the University of Johannesburg, on 26-27 February 2009, and 5-6 November 2010. SAHUDA is deemed to be the duly constituted and authorised body representing its members
Dr René Alicia Smith is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at Durban
University of Technology (DUT). She is the current President of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association and Chair of the Steering Committee of South African
Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), a national Digital Humanities project supported
by the Department of Science and Technology. Dr Smith is founding Festival Director of the Digital Art and Design Festival (Digifest) and a member of DHETs Advisory Panel on Creative Outputs and Innovations. She has worked across public, private and community sectors and consulted on gender and media policy projects in different SADC countries. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and has taught at several institutions of Higher Education in South Africa and served on a range of governing boards, including an appointment on the recommendation of South Africa’s Parliament. She completed her undergraduate qualification at Falmouth College of Arts, now Falmouth University in the United Kingdom. She has a
MA cum laude and a PhD in Media & Cultural
Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal.