UCT has distanced itself from a study involving an adjunct-professor at its Graduate School of Business that examines the relationship between slave exports and intelligence.
The study, featured in the March Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, is titled “Intelligence and Slave Exports from Africa” and investigates the link between cognitive ability in terms of intelligence and slave export intensity.
The authors wanted to test the hypothesis that countries which were endowed with higher levels of cognitive ability were more likely to experience lower levels of slave exports from Africa, probably due to comparatively better capacities to organise, co-operate, oversee and confront slave traders.
They found in part that “the reasoning-orientation and problem-solving inclination underlying the IQ can be leveraged to avoid capture during the slave trade” and “it is conceivable that African cognitive ability led to slave exports”.
This study comes hot on the heels of a controversial Stellenbosch University article about “coloured women” which received criticism and was called out for being racist after it tried to explore a link between cognitive ability and race.