Postdoctoral fellows in the School of Languages and Literatures

 Dr Volkher Heinrich Christoph von Lengeling



Department: School of Languages and Literatures - German Studies Section

I reside at Bon Tempo, a small farm in the Manley Flats area, east of the city of Makhanda in the Eastern Cape. Currently I hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship in German Studies at Rhodes University with the research theme of Widerstand (resistance) of lesser-known figures against the Nazi regime and Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with the past). This research project straddles two broad, separate yet interlinked fields of German Cultural Studies: the first is der Deutsche Widerstand, the German resistance against the Nazi regime, and the second is Vergangenheitsbewältigung, i.e. how Germans are dealing with their Nazi heritage. More specifically, the focus or lens is on people within the Nazi system who had tried - and succeeded - in their own little way to make a difference to the injustices of the Nazi regime, and as a consequence were branded as traitors, imprisoned and in many cases lost their lives. This perspective of resistance from within is fundamental in order to understand the Vergangenheitsbewältigung of these people and their descendants.


Dr. Michael M. Kretzer

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NRF SARChI Chair Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Languages and Literatures

After his state examination in 2010 Dr. Michael M. Kretzer worked for Molteno and the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA). In 2012 he began as a research associate for the Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany and started with his PhD at the Department of Human Geography and Development Research (Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany). For his PhD study he went several times between 2012 and 2016 to South Africa for data collection in the three research provinces. He finished and published his PhD study early 2018. His PhD-thesis was “Potential of the implementation of language policy in the education system of South Africa: Case study of Gauteng, Limpopo and North West Province”.

His focuses are education systems and language policies and the relationship between education and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in South Africa, Malawi and Botswana. Hence, he also went for field research several times to Botswana and Malawi. He also focuses on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Southern and Eastern Africa. Dr. Michael M. Kretzer published several chapters in books and various articles in different journals like the Universal Journal of Agricultural Research, South African Journal of African Languages and the South African Geographical Journal.

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Dr. Peter N. Mose


Department:   School of Languages and Literatures-African Language Studies Section

Mose was born and schooled in Kenya where he also worked as a high school teacher of English and Literature and later as a lecturer of English and Linguistics at universities in Kenya before joining Rhodes University for both his PhD and Post-doctoral fellowship.

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