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Julia Skeen (Mann), Prof Chris Mann and our postdoctoral fellow, Dr Raphael d’Abdon. Picture taken 10 April 2013.
Julia Skeen (Mann), Prof Chris Mann and
our postdoctoral fellow, Dr Raphael d’Abdon.
Picture taken 10 April 2013.

Two former Chairs of our Department, Professors Ivan Rabinowitz and Zodwa Motsa, and Professor Soyinka. Taken 1 February 2012.
Two former Chairs of our Department,
Professors Ivan Rabinowitz and Zodwa Motsa,
and Professor Soyinka. Taken 1 February 2012
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Many of us are involved in international collaborations. For instance, from 14-28 January 2012 we benefited from a visit by Spanish scholar, Prof Maria Lirola: an expert in systemic functional linguistics, an approach which may be used to analyse social situations such as racism and gender stereotyping as well as literary, visual and media texts.

Weekly colloquium

We hold a weekly research colloquium at which active researchers, postgraduate students and invited speakers speak.

For instance, on 10 April 2013 we had the privilege of hosting the noted poet, activist and academic Prof Chris Mann of Rhodes University. Here he is seen with his wife on the left, while our postdoctoral fellow, Dr Raphael d'Abdon, is smiling on the right.

We are aiming at holding biennal interdisciplinary conferences.

Conference on Home in 2014:

In the second half of 2014 we are planning a conference on this theme, which will also be interdisciplinary and will feature both language and literature, amongst other things. Watch this space!
CHANGED DATES: 7-11 SEPTEMBER 2014. Alter them in your diary now! Click here.

We hosted two conferences in 2012:

  • African Literature, Wole Soyinka and the Politics of the Nobel Prize. 31 January - 4 February 2012.
  • Memory: Impressions, Expressions, Reflections: An Interdisciplinary Conference. 28 - 30 March 2012.