• Who’s Who

Chairperson

Prof. Alan Northover
Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature
University of South Africa (UNISA)
E-mail: northra@unisa.ac.za
ORCID
Tel: +27 12 429 6794

Richard Alan Northover is currently an associate professor in the Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He obtained his PhD at the University of Pretoria in 2010 for a thesis entitled ‘J.M. Coetzee and Animal Rights: Elizabeth Costello’s Challenge to Philosophy’. His academic interests include literature, literary theory, critical theory, philosophy, history, rock art, myth and religion, and he is working in the fields of animal studies (animal ethics) and ecocriticism. His publications can be accessed through the ORCID link above.

Vice-Chairperson

Dr Silindiwe Sibanda
Department of English
University of Pretoria
E-mail: silindiwe@gmail.com

Silindiwe Sibanda is a researcher affiliated to the English department of the University of Pretoria. Her areas of interest are African literature, young adult fiction and the work of Thomas Hardy.

Treasurer

Mr Wemar Strydom
Department of Afrikaans and Dutch
North-West University
E-mail: wemar.strydom@nwu.ac.za

Wemar Strydom works on the intersection(s) between Deleuze, Guattari and queer theory, and focuses on queerly abject representations of male bodies in film. He is affiliated with the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at North-West University, and is co-convener of the February Lectures conference series on queer lives in the global South.

Secretary

Dr Neil van Heerden
Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature
University of South Africa (UNISA)
E-mail: vheern@unisa.ac.za
Tel: +27 12 429 6424

Neil van Heerden studied at the University of Pretoria, completing a PhD in 2018 on the relationship between crime fiction and the literary canon in Afrikaans, with specific reference to the novels of Deon Meyer. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature at the University of South Africa (Unisa), where he teaches Afrikaans literature. His academic interests include narratology, postcolonial theory, ecocriticism, popular fiction and crime fiction.

Additional Members

Dr Rebecca Fasselt
Department of English
University of Pretoria
E-mail: rebecca.fasselt@up.ac.za
Google Scholar
Tel: +27 21 650 2421

Rebecca Fasselt is a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria, where she teaches African and postcolonial literature. She is particularly interested in literary and cultural connections between South Africa and other parts of Africa as well as postcolonial narratives written in the first-person plural voice. Her articles can be found in English Studies in AfricaResearch in African LiteraturesArielJournal of Southern African Studies and Poetics Today.

Mr Reinhardt Fourie
Department of English Studies
University of South Africa (UNISA)
E-mail: fourir@unisa.ac.za
Google Scholar
Tel: +27 12 429 6603

Reinhardt Fourie studied at the University of Pretoria, Ghent University (Belgium), and the University of Leuven (Belgium). He was previously affiliated to the Department of Afrikaans and the Unit for Academic Literacy at the University of Pretoria. He currently lectures on English literature and literary theory in the Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa).