Department of African Languages

Dr N Masuku

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: African Languages
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6444
Fax: 012 429 3221
E-mail: masukn@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • DLitt et Phil African Languages (University of South Africa, 2004) 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Folklore
  • Gender Issues
  • Drama, Novel, Short stories
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems 

Field of Specialisation

  • isiZulu Literature
  • Folklore
  • Gender 

Journal articles

  • The position of a barren W omen in African Society with Special reference to the folktale “UNyumbakatali” published in the Southern Folklore for Journal Studies-Vol. 19(1) 2008.
  • W omanist inclinations in the analysis of Nandi’s praise poem: An African perspective: published in the Southern Folklore for Journal Studies-Vol. (2) 2009.
  • The Depiction of Mkabayi: A review of her praise poem. South African Journal of African Languages Vol. (2) no 2009.
  • Songs and Folktales as Conduits for Social Change in Zulu Culture: A Perspective on “Umkhwekazi namasi”. MUZIKI: Journal of Music Research in Africa, vol.9, no1 2012.
  • “UMabhejane the witch” through the eyes of the narrator published in the Southern Folklore for Journal Studies Vol. (1) 2014.
  • Folklore and its influence on homophobic behaviour in the Zulu culture: a brief analysis of uMamba kaMaquba. Southern Folklore for Journal Studies Vol. (25) Supplement 2015 

Paper presentations

Conference papers and seminars:

  • 10 International and local papers-developed into journal articles and conference proceedings. 

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Chairperson of the Organization: Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies (2010-2014)
  • Treasurer: Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies (2014- to date) 

Projects

  • National Institute for the Humanities and Human Sciences 

Other

Other departmental matters

  • Language Head (isiZulu)
  • Teaching Undergraduate: AFL1502 (Literature) AFL2603 (Literature) and AFL3702 (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)
  • Teaching Postgraduate: Honours Paper (Traditional Literature)
  • Masters and Doctoral Supervision
  • External examiner for University of Limpopo, UKZN and TUT