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Professor Anthea Garman

Course Co-ordinator for the Practice-based MA
046 603 7125

BA (Wits), BAHons (UKZN), MA (UKZN), PhD (Wits)


Room 231 Africa Media Matrix

Upper Prince Alfred Street


Postal address: School of Journalism and Media Studies,

Rhodes University, PO Box 94,

Grahamstown 6140. Tel: 046 603 7100


Industry experience

Rand Daily Mail (1981), Cape Times (1982), Sunday Times (1983), African Enterprise (1983-1987), The Witness (1988-1996)



JMS1: Introduction to Media Studies

JMS3: Academic Writing Enhancement

Postgraduate: Academic Writing


Professional involvement

Member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, member of the International Communication Association, member of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies, member of the SA Communications Association, member of the SA National Editors’ Forum.


Research areas

Talking and listening in the public sphere

Citizenship and the media

Creativity and the imagination

Journalism practice


Research projects

Licence to Talk

Media, Sociality and Digitality (funded by the Mellon Foundation)


Research publications
  1. Adjin-Tettey, TD and Garman A. Health risk communication in a pandemic: Civil Society Communications interventions during Covid-19 Pandemic in South Africa. Submitted to Communicatio (under review).
  2. “Lines Land Slant” (with Gillian Rennie) in This Mortal Body edited by Duncan Brown, Kobus Moolman and Nkosinathi Sithole. Wits University Press.
  1. “Deeper and deeper and deeper’: narrative nonfiction and the interiority of the other in South Africa. Chapter for the Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism edited by John Bak and William Reynolds.
  2. “Not clowns but capable agents: Tapping into subaltern theory to centralise the marginalised” (with Mvuzo Ponono) in Decolonising Journalism Education in South Africa: Critical Perspectives, edited by Ylva Rodny Gumede, Colin Chasi, Zubeida Jaffer and Mvuzo Ponono. Pretoria: UNISA: 149-162.
  1. “The Ethics of Engagement: Media, Conflict and Democracy in Africa, by Herman Wasserman. Book review for Critical Arts. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epub/10.1080/02560046.2022.2078384?needAccess=true
  2. Adjin-Tettey, TD and Garman, A. Lurking as a mode of listening in social media: Motivations-based typologies, Digital Transformation and Society, https://doi.org/10.1108/DTS-07-2022-0028
  1. Della Togna, M., Garman, A., Diale, M., Hyera, F., Adjin-Tettey, T., Bukula, T., Bombi, T., Halse, P., Petersen, F. & Kleyn, L., 2021. Communication. South Africa Covid-19 Country Report. DPME (Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation), GTAC (Government Technical Advisory Centre) & NRF (National Research Foundation), Pretoria: June. https://www.gtac.gov.za/Pages/COVID-Country-Report.aspx
  2. Towards Sustainable Journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Co-authored with Theodora Adjin-Tettey, Peter Berglez, Ulrika Olausson, Lars Tallert, Vilhelm Fritzon and Franz Kruger. Published by Fojo Media Institute, Linneaus University. https://www.academia.edu/47610499/TOWARDS_SUSTAINABLE_JOURNALISM_IN_SUB_SAHARAN_AFRICA
  1. Adjin-Tettey, T.D. and Garman, A. Solutions Journalism as a Tool to Erode Polarisation in the Media and Society, African Journalism Studies, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23743670.2021.1972530
  2. “Anger, pain and the body in the South African public sphere.” Chapter for Ruptures of Collective Engagement: Rage, Reason and Rethinking Public Life edited by Carolyn Hamilton and Lesley Cowling. Johannesburg: Wits University Press: 239-259. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.18772/22020055898 or http://witspress.co.za/catalogue/babel-unbound/
  1. “Truth-Telling in the Unsettling Present.” Book review of Hedley Twidle, Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa. Literary Journalism Studies 12(1): 201-203. https://ialjs.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/20-LJS-v12n1_BkRev_Twidle.pdf
  2. edu https://rhodes-za.academia.edu/AntheaGarman


ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anthea_Garman

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CiYeNyMAAAAJ&hl=en



Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation edited by Anthea Garman and Herman Wasserman. Cape Town: HSRC Press. https://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/books/media-and-citizenship

Antjie Krog and the Postapartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press.


Creative outputs

Poetry in McGregor Poetry Festival 2020 Anthology, edited by Patricia Schonstein. Cape Town: African Sun Press, 62 and 161.

  1. Winner first prize in the McGregor Poetry Awards for "When I get out I will order a repeat Supermoon".