“Shepherd’s work [is] among the best in his generation, and is a credit to the University of Cape Town” – Martin Hall, President of the World Archaeological Congress (2002).

Nick Shepherd has been a Mandela Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Associate Professor at Brown University, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University. He has been Centre Director in Cape Town for the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, and is currently Academic Director of CIEE Cape Town.

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Nick Shepherd is an Associate Professor of Archaeology and African Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has been a Mandela Fellow at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Brown University, the University of Basel, and Aarhus University. Most recently, he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Colgate University (2014/15), where he taught courses on documentary photography, on African and World Archaeology, and on South Africa’s social and political transition.

keywordsOne of Nick’s books, New South African Keywords (2008) is a standard work of reference for study abroad students in South Africa. His recent book, The Mirror in the Ground (2015), was described by Nobel Prize winning South African writer, JM Coetzee, as: “a fresh way of looking at the photographic archive, with a commentary as moving and compassionate as it is unsettling”.

Nick has over 16 years experience of study abroad in Cape Town. He has been Centre Director in Cape Town for the University of California’s Education Abroad Program, and Academic Advisor for IES Cape Town. He is currently Academic Director in CIEE’s Cape Town centre.

Nick is a consummate teacher and mentor, and is known for his inter- and transdisciplinary, Africa-focused courses. While at the University of Cape Town he has written syllabi for and has convened the following courses:

  • Culture, identity and globalization in Africa
  • Africa and the world wide web
  • Images of Africa
  • Intellectuals of the African revolution
  • Race, culture and identity in Africa
  • Critical issues in Heritage Studies
  • Public Culture in Africa
  • Decoloniality from the Cape
  • The African Studies archive
  • An introduction to Africa
  • Africa and world archaeology
  • The public life of the image [on documentary photography]

“Nick Shepherd’s delvings into the underground of the discipline are part of an honourable effort to save archaeology from its past, an effort that starts with recognizing dig sites for what they have always been: the sacred ground of the dispossessed” – JM Coetzee, Nobel Prize winning author and critic (2014).