The Makerere University international humanities conference came to an end on August 26th, 2022 after four days of debate and discussion under the theme, “Knowledge revolution and practices; Area Cultural and Global studies’.
The conference organized by the College of Humanities and Social sciences commenced on August 23rd, 2022 as part of the activities to mark the 100 years of Makerere university service to humanity.
The conference ended with a panel of practitioners deliberating on the roles, status and challenges from the different fields of humanities and social sciences such journalism, performing art and film, poetry and writing and psychology.
Prominent scholars including leading psychologist Professor John Munene, renown artists and film actor Alex Mukulu, writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Daily Monitor media personality Carol Beyanga and Sherinah Namata a consultant and promoter of Literacy attended the closing ceremony.
While officially closing the conference, Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Associate Prof. Umar Kakumba expressed delight that the spirit of the centennial celebrations has been well captured and deployed by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences through different activities since the year started.
Prof. Kakumba said, the international humanities conference 2022 is a direct interpretation of the centenary celebrations theme which is to leverage 100 years of excellence in building a transformed society, and, has been quite activating, exciting, enriching and informative in terms of knowledge sharing and experiences.
The DVCAA was optimistic that the goal of the conference to explore the impact of knowledge revolutions on university practices and on the conduct of research in the humanities and social sciences has been realized.
Kakumba said, the Humanities and Social Sciences touch every aspect of knowledge base in Makerere whether veterinary or health Sciences.
As an educational and research institution Prof. Kakumba reaffirmed the University’s committed to contributing to national development through holistic capacity building and advancement of research across all disciplines as it seeks to be research led.
“We are committed to leaving no discipline behind which includes our beloved Humanities and Social Sciences… We need scientific disciplines to skill us in technical operations. But we equally need the humanities to make just that human and humane.
The humanities bring out the realities in society. The humanities and social sciences are about the community, and lives of the people and services because they touch the very base of the community and their livelihood.”, The DVCAA affirmed.
Through the new Strategic Plan (2020/21-2030/31) Prof. Kakumba said the university aimed at transforming the University into a research-led institution with a multi-faceted research agenda and enhanced engagement with industry and the business sector.