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  • UP student Lauren Senna Fouché wins South African Translators’ Institute Student Prize 2020 for research on use of plain English in science material for educators

    Posted on November 27, 2020

    The Faculty of Humanities' Lauren Senna Fouché was jointly awarded the 2020 SATI student prize, a prestigious recognition for the most deserving full master’s dissertation dealing with translation, interpreting, text editing and related areas, including terminography and lexicography.

  • UP’s Library Services Department and Humanities Faculty host Mind-Altering Books webinar

    Posted on September 15, 2020

    The Department of Library Services and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria (UP) recently hosted the annual Mind-Altering Books webinar. The event is typically held in recognition of National Book Week, which runs from 2 to 8 September annually, and is hosted to inculcate a...

  • New Book publication: The Neo-Buddhist Writings of Lafcadio Hearn – Light from the East by Antony Goedhals

    Posted on June 18, 2020

    The Faculty of Humanities would like to extend its congratulations to Dr Antony Goedhals from the English Department for his book The Neo-Buddhist Writings of Lafcadio Hearn: Light from the East. Dr Goedhals has published before on Hearn, including ‘Revisioning Reality: Transcending Space...

  • ‘I had to compensate for the mediocre results of my youth!’ – 83-year-old receives second PhD in ten years during UP virtual graduation ceremony

    Posted on April 14, 2020

    Dr John Boje (83) is one of 11 000 University of Pretoria (UP) graduates who were awarded their qualifications in absentia earlier this week during a virtual ceremony necessitated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Unwrapping UPs Creative Writing Programme

    Posted on March 30, 2020

    In 2019, Professor David Medalie received an award from the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences for his anthology of short stories, Recognition. This is, however, not the first award Prof Medalie has won for his literary works – he has also received numerous accolades for...

  • International contacts

    Posted on March 16, 2020

    Álvaro Cortés Rodríguez, a linguist from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen visited the department from 21st February to 28th February as part of an international exchange. He gave a fascinating staff seminar entitled "Multiple Sluicing in English: Theoretical and Experimental...

  • The library celebrates #WorldReadAloudDay at Sunnyside Pre-Primary School

    Posted on March 04, 2020

    As librarians, we know that reading is fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients in becoming all that you can be. It is our responsibility to encourage a reading culture in our communities and this begins with our little ones. That is why seven staff members representing...

  • Science fiction offers a useful way to explore China-Africa relations

    Posted on October 09, 2019

    In 2007 the then President of China, Hu Jintao, delivered a speech to South Africans acknowledging the benefits of a strategic partnership. He also stressed that the connection is not merely pragmatic. It must, he argued, serve to honour and deepen the countries’ long abiding friendship in...

  • Four PhDs for English Department Prof David Medalie

    Posted on September 07, 2018

    It’s a proud moment in any academic’s life when their students graduate, but it’s an even bigger one when their students graduate from their doctoral studies. During this year’s Spring Graduation, Prof David Medalie had the rare honour (particularly in the Faculty of...

  • 2017 Humanities for the Environment Conference

    Posted on August 01, 2017

    The Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship is bringing together scholars to generate discussion and research into using the broad field of the humanities and its related disciplines to understand and engage with global environmental problems.

  • Storytelling employed as a tool to challenge stereotypes

    Posted on May 24, 2017

    The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, at the University of Pretoria continues to engage actively with what is happening on the literary scene in South Africa by inviting local poets and writers to their frequent Meet Your Writers events.

  • Medalie Brews Up a Vintage Collection

    Posted on April 06, 2017

    Prof. Medalie's anthology, Recognition, has been selected for Exclusive Books’ Homebru 2017

  • Dancing the death drill with Fred Khumalo

    Posted on April 06, 2017

    Journalist and author, Fred Khumalo, recently shared his thoughts with an audience of staff and students at the 'Meet your Writers’ event organised by the Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services on the University of Pretoria's Hatfield Campus.

  • Celebrating National Book Week with African writers Yewande Omotoso and Sandile Memela

    Posted on September 15, 2016

    In celebration of National Book Week, the departments of English and Library Services at the University of Pretoria hosted an event titled: 'Meet your African writers: Yewande Omotoso and Sandile Memela'.

  • Meeting your African writer, Zoë Wicomb

    Posted on September 13, 2016

    The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, recently hosted an event titled: 'Meet your African writer: Zoë Wicomb'.

  • African authors share short stories at UP

    Posted on August 25, 2016

    Sowetan-born African writer and journalist Niq Mhlongo and African short story writer, novelist and professor in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria David Medalie, recently shared their literary works during an event held in the Library Auditorium on the University's Hatfield...

  • Meeting your African poets at UP

    Posted on August 12, 2016

    The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services recently hosted an event titled: 'Meet your African poets: Dr Raphael d'Abdon and Phillippa Yaa de Villiers'.

  • Helping people with disabilities to spread their wings

    Posted on September 10, 2015

    UP's FOFA Project is the first of its kind in Africa and aims to help people with little or no functional speech to spread their wings and develop to their full potential.

  • Graduation

    Posted on September 04, 2015

    The Department of English congratulates its alumni at the Spring graduation

  • Active research

    Posted on September 04, 2015

    Post-graduate students in English are adding to public debate

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