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African elephants in literature – lessons in exploitation and compassion

Date Released : 01/11/2018

About 15 years ago I was in a Minneapolis conference centre, about to deliver a paper on elephants in Southern African fiction, when I encountered a curious local in an elevator.

Afems 2018: A single language for feminism

Date Released : 05/10/2018

The African Feminisms (Afems) Conference 2018, hosted by the Rhodes University Department of Literary Studies in English and Department of Fine Art, saw Laura Nish, Douglas Thomas, Sue Marais, and Pumla Dineo Gqola present their various bodies of work during a session entitled “Gendered spaces & places”.

Afems 2018:Rebellion to you, strength to us

Date Released : 05/10/2018

Dr Siphokazi Magadla, Senior Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Rhodes University, knows what it means to be a strong African woman, as her recent appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the Presidential Independent High-Level Review Panel on Intelligence illustrates.

Afems 2018: on death, desire and spirituality

Date Released : 05/10/2018

Academic Director of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), Dr Nthabiseng Motsemme, presented an informative keynote address at the second annual African Feminisms (Afems) 2018: The Mute Always Speak conference hosted by the Department of Literary Studies in English and Fine Art.
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Dr Aretha Phiri Awarded Iso Lomso Fellowship

‌   Dr Aretha Phiri

Dr Aretha Phiri


DR Aretha Phiri is one of five candidates out of over 250 applicants who has been awarded the prestigious inaugural Iso Lomso fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).

Iso Lomso, meaning “the Eye of Tomorrow” in isiXhosa, is a new STIAS fellowship and early career support programme that will boost the careers of some of the brightest minds in African academia. The programme was inspired by the Pro Futura Scientia programme, developed by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and is currently funded through a STIAS grant from the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

In addition to spending up to three periods of residency at the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch between 2017 and 2019 to pursue their research projects, Iso Lomso fellows may also receive funding to attend international conferences, convene workshops, and visit sister institutes for advanced study in North America, Europe or elsewhere.

Provisionally entitled, “Interrogating Blackness, Locating ‘Africanness’,” Aretha’s project considers the literary works of transnational African authors Zoë Wicomb, NoViolet Bulawayo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi in response to African-American author Toni Morrison’s concerns around blackness. 

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Recipient of the Oxford University Press Prize for the Top Honours Student in 2014.

Date Released : 18/05/2013

Caitlin is the recipient of the Oxford University Press Prize for the Top Honours Student in 2014.

RU English Department welcomes Dr Primorac

Date Released : 24/08/2016

DR Ranka Primorac joins the English Department as Senior Research Associate, from July 2016. Dr Primorac is a Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton.

Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Recipient - Lumumba Mthembu

Date Released : 14/11/2014

Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Recipient - Lumumba Mthembu

Dr Deborah Seddon awarded British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship

Date Released : 13/05/2015

Dr Deborah Seddon awarded British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship to develop a Digital Archive of South African Orature