Anthea Garman


BA (Wits), BA Hons (PMB), MA (PMB), PhD (Wits)

Anthea teaches writing and editing, long-form journalism, multimedia storytelling and academic writing in the School. She has been at Rhodes since January 1997. Before coming to Rhodes she was a journalist at The Rand Daily Mail, The Cape Times, The Sunday Times and The Witness (where she was an assistant editor). She also worked for African Enterprise in Pietermaritzburg. She is the editor of the Rhodes Journalism Review ( Her inaugural lecture on 3 August 2018 can be accessed in print at and on video at

At present she is leading a research project which is funded by the NRF called “Licence to Talk” (2019 to 2021) which seeks to ascertain the shifts and ruptures in what is said and what is sayable in the South African public sphere at this present moment in our post-apartheid history. To discern underlying regimes of truth and assess how these are being challenged and changed by a new generation of activists and intellectuals who are stepping into the public domain. Secondly, the study seeks to assess whether listening theory offers new practices for those conducting public debates, discussions and engagements, whether they be face to face encounters, via the media or on social media.

She is a member of the School’s Mellon-funded research project (2018 to 2012) called Media and Sociality which uses coloniality theory to examine highly digitised post-colonial spaces and their possibilities for social connection. She is part of the Public Life of Ideas research network led by Prof Carolyn Hamilton at UCT. She is also part of network of listening theorists led by Prof Leah Bassel at Roehampton University and Prof Tanja Dreher at the University of New South Wales.

 A comprehensive list of her work can be found at


Last year Anthea and Herman Wasserman (now head of Film and Media Studies at UCT) published an edited volume of the work emanating from their collaborations on Media and Citizenship (HSRC Press). 

Her PhD on “Antjie Krog: Self and Society, the Making and Mediation of a Public Intellectual in South Africa.” was awarded in 2009 by Wits University. The resulting book Antjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public Sphere: Speaking Poetry to Power  received the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award for 2015. The book was published by UKZN Press and has been reviewed by the Mail&Guardianand Die BurgerA podcast with Corina van der Spoel interviewing Anthea for RSG can be listened to here.

Anthea also has two chapters published in the first-ever book of critical essays in English on the work of Krog. The book, edited by Andries Visagie and Judith Lütge Coullie, is titled An Ethics of Body and Otherness Antjie Krog as Poet, Journalist, Writer, Translator and published by UKZN Press (2014).

Anthea’s blog “Writing Across Genres” can be found at and her conference presentations, teaching materials and chapters are on

Latest Research

Journal Articles

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

2017. (co-authored with Mia van der Merwe), “Riding the Waves: Journalism Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, BRICS SPECIAL ISSUE. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator 72(3): 306-318.

2017. (co-authored with Thandi Bombi and Vanessa Malila), Young, black women storytellers and the reshaping of the media space. Buwa! A Journal on African Women’s Experiences, special edition on Youth in Africa: dominant and counter narratives, OSISA, Issue 8, December: 96-100.

2017 (co-authored with Vanessa Malila), “Listening and the ambiguities of voice in South African journalism.” Communicatio 43(1): 1-16.

2016. (co-authored with Priscilla Boshoff), “Capital or Critique? When Journalism Education Seeks to Influence the Field.” Critical Arts 30(5): 607-622.

2016. (with Sihle Nyathi). “Interrogating Citizen Journalism Practices: A Case Study of Rhodes University’s Iindaba Ziyafika Project.” African Journalism Studies 37(4): 100-114, DOI: 10.1080/23743670.2016.1259740.

2016. (with Vanessa Malila). “Listening to the ‘Born Frees’: politics and disillusionment in South Africa.” African Journalism Studies 37(1): 64-80.

2015. “Making Media Theory from the South.” African Journalism Studies 36(1): 169-172.

2015. (co-authored with Gillian Rennie), “Alexandra Fuller of Africa: A White Woman Writer Goes West.” Journal of Literary Journalism 7(1): 132-145.

Book chapters

Forthcoming. “Anger, pain, the body and power: a rethink of logos-centred rationality in the South African public sphere. Chapter for Babel Abroad: Rage, reason and the reshaping of public life life edited by Carolyn Hamilton and Lesley Cowling. To be published in 2019 by Wits University Press.

2018. “When the students are revolting: the (im)possibilities of listening in academic contexts that overly value critique as a mode of engagement.” Chapter for Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference edited by Tanja Dreher and Anshuman Mondal. London: Palgrave MacMillan: 93-115.

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.

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.

2017. Citizens and Journalists: The Possibilities of Co-creating the Democracy We Want by Anthea Garman and Herman Wasserman. Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation edited by Anthea Garman and Herman Wasserman. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

2017. The media, Equal Education and school learners: an investigation of the possibility of ‘political listening’ in the South African education crisis by Azwihangwisi Mufamadi and Anthea Garman. Media and Citizenship: Between Marginalisation and Participation edited by Anthea Garman and Herman Wasserman. Cape Town: HSRC Press.

2015. “Troubling White Englishness in South Africa: a self-interrogation of privilege, complicity, citizenship and belonging” in Unveiling Whiteness edited by Dierdre Howard-Wagner, Veronica Watson and Lisa Spanierman. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 211-228.

Creative writing

2016. “Mostly about a Beetle” Itch 18 Character.


2018. South African journalism’s problems are bigger than ethics: they’re about ethos. The Conversation, 22 November.

2018. Journalists as Democratic Communication Professionals (with Rod Amner). WACCGlobal, 21 May.

2017. Media must be rape activists, not bystanders. Mail&Guardian Comment and Analysis. 10 November: 21.

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