Established in 1993, the weekly South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar is the longest running seminar series in Southern Africa, and continues to draw together faculty, graduate students and research fellows from across the Faculty of Arts at UWC and elsewhere. The seminar series, which reflects a growing national and international reputation, is organised around a pre-circulated paper with an appointed respondent. The seminar series has been convened and chaired by Colin Bundy, Leslie Witz, Gary Minkley and Premesh Lalu. The current chair is Particia Hayes.