• Who’s Who

Reinhardt Fourie

Chairperson

Dr Reinhardt Fourie
Department of English Studies
University of South Africa (UNISA)
E-mail: fourir@unisa.ac.za
Tel: +27 12 429 6603
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Reinhardt Fourie studied at the University of Pretoria, Ghent University (Belgium), the University of Leuven (Belgium), and Stellenbosch University. 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). His research interests include comparative literature (English/Afrikaans) and postcolonialism.

Silindiwe Sibanda

Vice-Chairperson

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

Neil van Heerden

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.

Treasurer

Ms. Gemma Field
University of Cape Town
E-mail: Fldgem001@myuct.ac.za

Gemma Field is a Masters student in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town, where she graduated with a first-class BA Honours In English Literature in 2016. Her Honours thesis, published in LASA’s Journal of Literary Studies in 2017, explored the techno-utopian narrative in Frank Herbert’s Dune (1965). In 2018 she was awarded the Stan Ridge Memorial Prize for Best Student Paper at the University of the Western Cape. Under the supervision of Dr Hedley Twidle, her Masters dissertation is a comparative analysis of environmentalism in Nigerian and Chinese science fiction.

Additional Members

Siseko Kumalo

Mr Siseko H. Kumalo
Department of Political Sciences
University of Pretoria
E-mail: jdd@up.ac.za
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Siseko H. Kumalo is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines, a journal dedicated to decolonising disciplinary knowledge across faculties in higher education. His research covers epistemic justice, pedagogies of mutual (in)fallibility, feminist and queer theory, violence, Education for Sustainable Development and higher education transformation. His area of focus is education decolonisation in South Africa and he has subsequently authored a number of papers investigating the topic. He has published with Education as Change, Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) and in the Theoria. He is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2017).

Wemar Strydom

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

Wemar Strydom works on queer belonging and citizenship, and focuses on queerly abject representations of male bodies in South African film and fiction. He lectures in Afrikaans literature at North-West University, and is co-convener of the February Lectures conference series on queer lives in the global South.

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Editor: Journal of Literary Studies

Prof. Alan Northover
Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature
University of South Africa (UNISA)
E-mail: northra@unisa.ac.za
Tel: +27 12 429 6794
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Richard Alan Northover is an associate professor in general literary theory and critical theory in the Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature at the University of South Africa. His PhD (2010), obtained at the University of Pretoria, concerns J.M. Coetzee and animal ethics. In addition to articles on Coetzee, he has published on Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy and southern African rock art, both prehistoric and contemporary, placing his work in the fields of animal studies and ecocriticism. From 2016-19, he chaired the Literature Association of South Africa (formerly SAVAL/SASGLS).