Department of Communication Science

Ms LH Koenig-Visagie

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Communication Science
Tel: 012 429 8500


  • MA Visual Studies (University of Pretoria, 2012)
  • BA (Hons) Visual Studies (University of Pretoria, 2008)
  • BA Languages Journalism with a specialization in Visual Arts (University of Pretoria, 2007)

Fields of academic interests

  • Constructions of gender and race in the contemporary South African art world
  • Discursive practices in the South African art world
  • Art writing and publication in the South African art world
  • Gender studies, feminist theory and postcolonial studies

Field of Specialisation

  • Contemporary South African art
  • Foucaultian discourse analysis
  • Rancièrean analysis
  • Constructivist Grounded Theory Method
  • Arendtian-Guaraldian narrative analysis
  • Gender representation in the Afrikaans church
  • Barthean visual analysis


Book chapters:

  • Koenig-Visagie, LH. 2012. The Representation of Gender in the Afrikaans Corporate Church. Fundamental Difference, in Caarstens, J & Viljoen, S (eds). Sacred Selves. Essays in gender, religion and popular culture. Cape Town: Griffel.

Journal articles

Byrne, DC, Murray, J & Koenig-Visagie, LH. 2013. Teaching Gender Studies via Open and Distance Learning in South Africa. Distance Education 34(3):339-352.

Koenig-Visagie, LH & Van Eeden, J. 2013. Gendered representations of fatherhood in contemporary church imagery. Verbum et Ecclesia. 34(1): 12 pages. [Open access online] DOI:

Koenig-Visagie, LH & Viljoen, S. 2011. Gender representation on Christian book covers: a case study. Verbum et Ecclesia 32 (1): 9 pages. [Open access online] DOI:

Koenig-Visagie, LH. 2011. Subversive semiotics and ironic anchorage on Vrye Weekblad covers: A visual analysis. Communicatio 37(1):41-63.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral studies in the UK (2013 – 2016)
  • Academic Qualification Programme (UNISA) (2013 – 2016)
  • Masters and Doctoral Support Programme (UNISA) (2009 – 2011)
  • National Research Foundation Honours Bursary (2007)


  • Doctoral research in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. Thesis title: Negotiations of difference and transformative practices in the contemporary South African art world.
  • Masters research in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria. Thesis Title: Significant Others: A visual analysis of the representation of gender in the Afrikaans corporate church.
  • Honours research in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria. Dissertation title: A post-colonial reading of four front covers of Vrye Weekblad from 1990 and 1992.