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Professor Russell H. Kaschula

Professor of African Language Studies & NRF SARChI Chair: Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education

BA, LLB, HDE, BA (Hons), PhD (Rhodes)

Registered as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa

e-mail: r.kaschula@ru.ac.za

Phone: +27(0)46 603 7588 / 8952 / 8222

School of Languages & Literatures (African Language Studies Section)

Research and Teaching Interests

My research is multidisciplinary in the sense that it covers both linguistic and literary issues. I am particularly interested in matters pertaining to Applied Language Studies, Sociolinguistics, Education, Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. I also have a special interest in Intercultural Studies as well as literature. Most of my literary research is located within oral and written isiXhosa literary studies as well as Applied Language Studies. However, I am a creative writer and I have written novels and short stories in both isiXhosa and in English.

I supervise many students and my supervisory role has covered topics in Applied Language Studies, Literature as well as pure linguistics. The main emphasis has however been Applied Language Studies involving language in the workplace issues, language policy and implementation issues as well as language in education. I have also supervised a number of literary postgraduate research topics.

I have taught at tertiary level since 1988 when I was appointed as a Junior Lecturer. Since then I have taught at five South African universities and at an institution in the United States of America. I have teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also a creative writer and I have published a number of award-winning novels for young people as well as short stories for adult readership. I have also held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University where I am presently professor of African Language Studies. I was previously Head of the School of Languages, administering six different language sections with a total of thirty full-time lecturers and eight hundred and fifty students. I presently hold the seconded position of NRF SARChI Chair: Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education.

Teaching Areas

  • Applied Language Studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Teaching
  • African Oral Literature
  • Written Literature
  • Creative Writing

Recent Publications

2016: Kaschula, R.H. ‘Alice in Wonderland:translating to read across Africa. Journal of African Cultural Studies. London: University of London – SOAS, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

2016: Kaschula, R.H. & H Ekkehard Wolff (eds.). Multilingual Education in Africa. Concepts and practices. Pretoria: UNISA Press; London, New York: Routledge.

2016. Kaschula, R.H. & H Ekkehard Wolff. ‘Introduction – The multilingual context of education in Africa’. In Multilingual Education in Africa. pp. 2-8.

2016: Kaschula, R.H. ‘The teaching and learning of African languages at South African universities.’ In Multilingual Education in Africa. pp. 56-64.

2016: Kaschula, R.H. ‘In search of the African voice in Higher Education: The Language Question’. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus. Vol. 49.

2016: Kaschula, R.H. ‘Technauriture as an educational tool in South Africa’.
Nordic Journal of African Studies. (Forthcoming). Edited by Daniela Merolla, Leiden University.

2016: Kaschula, R.H. ‘Technauriture as a platform to create an inclusive environment for sharing of research’. In Sharing Multimedia Heritage Research in and Out of Africa. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge University Press. Edited by Daniela Merolla and Mark Turin.

2017: Kaschula, R.H. ‘Intellectualisation of isiXhosa literature: the case of Jeff Opland.’ Tydskrif vir Letterkunde.

2017: Kaschula, R.H., Maseko, P., & Wolff, E. (Eds.). Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication: A South African Perspective. Johannesburg: Wits Press.

2017: Introduction. In Russell H Kaschula, H Ekkehard Wolff and Pamela Maseko. pp. 1-4.

2017: Kaschula, R.H. & Maseko, P. Researching the intellectualisation of African languages, multilingualism and education. In Russell H Kaschula, H Ekkehard Wolff and Pamela Maseko (Eds.). pp. 19 – 33.

2017: Kaschula, R.H., & Mostert, A. Language policy in South Africa through the Sapir-Whorf ‘looking glasses’. In Russell H Kaschula, H Ekkehard Wolff and Pamela Maseko. (Eds.). pp. 283 – 300.

2017: Kaschula, R.H. & Kunju, H. Music, literature and multilingualism in the East Cape Opera Company. In Russell H Kaschula, H Ekkehard Wolff and Pamela Maseko. (Eds.). 313 – 322.

2017: Docrat, Z., Kaschula, R.H. & Ralarala, M. The exclusion of South African sign language speakers in the criminal justice system: A case-based approach. In Ralarala, M., Barris, K,. Ivala, E., & Siyepu, S. African Languages and Language Practice Research in the 21st Century. Cape Town: CASAS. 261-278. (Project 1)

Kaschula, R.H. 2017. Technauriture as a platform to create an inclusive environment for the sharing of research. In, Merolla, D. & Turin, M. Searching for Sharing. Heritage and Multimedia in Africa. UK, USA & Australia: Open Book Publishers. 41-60.

Kaschula, R.H., Mostert, A., Lisney, B., & Maroko, G. 2017. ‘From Technauriture to Cultauriture: Developing a coherent digitisation paradigm for enhancing cultural impact.’ International Journal of Society, Culture & Language. 37-48.

2018: Mona, G.V. & Kaschula, R.H. ‘South African national reconciliation discourse and isiXhosa written poetry: 1994-2004.’ South African Journal of African Languages. Vol. 38(1): 115-123.

2018: Kaschula, R.H. ‘Remembering the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela through the eyes of the Poet.’ Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa. 30(1): 1-24.

2018: Mose, P. and Kaschula, R.H. Libraries and user culture: Literacy and development implications. Library Management. (Forthcoming). 

 

Recent Presentations / Conferences

  • 2016: ‘Breaking new ground: Teaching African languages in South African Higher Education as a conduit to English in a 21st century economy.’ Going Global May 2016 Conference, British Council, Cape Town, Cape Town International Convention Centre. (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE)
  • 2016: ‘Remembering the late Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela through the eyes of the poet.’ 11th International Society for Oral Literature in Africa (ISOLA) Conference, University of Florida, USA. Also presented at the Interim ALASA Conference, Namibia University of Science and Technology. (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES)
  • 2016 (with Pamela Maseko): ‘The arrival of the missionaries in the Eastern Cape: Blessing or Curse?’ Karoo Writers festival.
  • 2016: ‘Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education’. South African Research Initiative: Eastern Cape Regional Conference. 8 September. Rhodes University.
  • 2017: Hosted the Combined languages Associations of Southern Africa (CLASA) 2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE.
  • 2017: ‘Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education: 2013-2017’. Combined languages Associations of Southern Africa Conference. 25 June – 29 June. Rhodes University INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE.  
  • 2017: (with Zakeera Docrat): ‘South Africa’s new monolingual language of record in courts: An unconstitutional and untransformative policy decision.’ Combined languages Associations of Southern Africa Conference. 25 June – 29 June. Rhodes University INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE.
  • 2017: ‘The isiXhosa literary canon and Jeff Opland: 1799-2017.’ RU-NIHSS Colloquium, Catalytic Project on Concept Formation in African Languages: Rethinking South African Canonical Writing. 21-22 June. 
  • 2017 (with Zakeera Docrat): ‘Transforming the South African legal system through the use of African languages’. 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics. 10-14 July. University of Porto, Portugal (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE). .
  • 2017 (with Monwabisi Ralarala and Zakeera Docrat): The exclusion of South African sign language speakers in the criminal justice system: a case based approach’. 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics. 10-14 July. University of Porto, Portugal (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE).

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