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Professor Anthea Garman

Head of School, 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: Telling the Truth
JMS3: Academic Writing Enhancement
JMS4: Writing and Editing specialisation, Media Fundamentals Texts (a module within the Multimedia Storytelling course)
Postgraduate: Academic Writing, Afrofuturism and the Anthropocene, Navigating the post-truth world

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 National Editors’ Forum.

Research areas

Citizenship and the media
Creativity and the imagination
Gender in the media
Gender studies
Journalism practice
Journalism studies
Media studies
Voice and listening theory

Research projects

Licence to Talk (current, funded by the NRF)
Member of Media, Sociality and Digitality (current, led by Prof Lynette Steenveld and funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation)
Media and Citizenship (funded by Mellon from 2011 to 2013 and by the NRF from 2014 to 2016)
Youth, identity, the media and the public sphere in South Africa (funded by Sanpad, 2012)
Troubling Memories: a history of identities in the Global South (funded by SEPHIS, 2010).

Research publications

2020. Book review of Hedley Twidle, Experiments with Truth: Narrative Non-fiction and the Coming of Democracy in South Africa. Literary Journalism Studies 

2020. “Anger, pain and the body in the South African public sphere.” In Babel Unbound: Rage Reason and Rethinking Public Life edited by Lesley Cowling and Carolyn Hamilton. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

2019. “The Public Sphere and Journalism.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication Studies. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.013.ORE_COM-00880

2019. (co-authored with Mathew Nyaungwa). “Newspapers’ institutional voices in Zimbabwe: speaking to power through editorials between 1 June and 31 December 2013.” Journal of African Media Studies, 11(1): 51-64. doi: 10.1386/jams.11.1.51_1

2019. Book review of Herman Wasserman, Media, Geopolitics and Power, Cape Town: UCT Press, 2018; 217 pp, ISBN 978-1-7758-2226-4. Journal of Asian and African Studies 1-2: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0021909619851645

2018. “When the students are revolting: the (im)possibilities of listening in academic contexts.” Chapter for Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference edited by Tanja Dreher and Anshuman Mondal. London: Palgrave MacMillan: 93-115. https://www.palgrave.com/br/book/9783319939575

2018. “When an editor listens to a city: South Africa’s Heather Robertson, The Herald, and Nelson Mandela Bay.” (with Vanessa Malila). Chapter for Critical Perspectives on Journalists’ Beliefs and Actions: Global Experiences. Edited by Eric Freedman, Robyn Goodman and Elanie Steyn. New York and London: Routledge: 162-172. https://www.routledge.com/Critical-Perspectives-on-Journalistic-Beliefs-and-Actions-Global-Experiences/Freedman-Goodman-Steyn/p/book/9781138063372

2018. “Happy, funny and humane: South African childhood narratives which challenge the ‘single story’ of apartheid”. Chapter for Mediating memory: Tracing the limits of memoir edited by Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph. New York: Routledge: 269-283. https://www.routledge.com/Mediating-Memory-Tracing-the-Limits-of-Memoir/Avieson-Giles-Joseph/p/book/9781138092723


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.

Journalism/media outputs

2018. South African journalism’s problems are bigger than ethics: they’re about ethos. The Conversation, 22 November. https://theconversation.com/south-african-journalisms-problems-are-bigger-than-ethics-theyre-about-ethos-105239

2018. Journalists as Democratic Communication Professionals (with Rod Amner). WACCGlobal, 21 May. http://www.waccglobal.org/articles/journalists-as-democratic-communication-professionals

2020. Anger, pain and the body in the South African public sphere. In: Cowling, L. and Hamilton, C. (eds.). Babel Unbound: Rage, Reason and Rethinking Public Life. Johannesburg: Wits University Press. p.239-259. ISBN: 9781776145898.

2020. Truth-telling in unsettling times - experiments with truth: narrative non-fiction and the coming of democracy in South Africa by Hedley Twidle. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey, 2019. Literary Journalism Studies. 12 (1). p.201-203.

When the listening stops: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission two decades later. International Communication Association. Online, Goldcoast. Australia. May 2020.

Creative outputs

2020. Winner first prize in the McGregor Poetry Awards for "When I get out I will order a repeat Supermoon"

2019. “One act of husbandry” Coming Home: Poems of the Grahamstown Diaspora, edited by Harry Owen. East London: The Poets Printery: 17.

2019. “Here’s how I now I am here” Coming Home: Poems of the Grahamstown Diaspora, edited by Harry Owen. East London: The Poets Printery: 17.

2020. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Lecture.

2020. University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. Lecture.

2020. Fojo Media Institute, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. Research collaboration on Sustainable Journalism.