NRF rated researchers

The Faculty of Humanities has had a systematic increase in the number of academic staff with NRF ratings over the past few years, totalling 38 by the beginning of 2014. 

According to the National Research Fund (NRF), the rating of individual academics is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers, who critically scrutinise the completed research. The NRF rating system is an invaluable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world and encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. 

Read more about the Faculty's NRF rated researchers (in alphabetical order) below.

Prof Juan Bornman

is Professor and Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria (UP). Her research focus is augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and severe disability. A functional approach towards disability and communication rehabilitation within a positivist, asset-based framework, particularly in the developing country context, is the focal point of her research endeavours. Her research on the involvement of health care workers as part of the beginning communication rehabilitation team has been adopted as an effective model by different developing countries.

Her publications include books, various chapters in books, more than 36 papers in international accredited journals (ISI or DoHE) and one edited journal special edition. She is the South African representative on the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Board. She also acts as the AAC consultant for a number of local and international organizations. Her work has received several awards, earning her national and international recognition.

Email: [email protected]
 Prof Phil J. Botha

His research interests include:

1. The biblical Book of Psalms: The editing of individual psalms in the Persian period; wisdom influence in the Psalms; intertextual connections between the Psalms and other books of the Hebrew Bible.

2. The Syriac Patristic author Ephrem and the strategies of communication in his teaching songs.

Current projects:
The Psalter as a theological response to the exile and the theological diversity of the Persian and Hellenistic periods. He plans to keep on working on the topic of the relationship between the current form of individual psalms and other parts of the Hebrew Bible.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Willie Burger

is Head of the Afrikaans Department at the University of Pretoria. He serves on the editorial boards of various subject journals and as editor of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (indexed in the SSCI). He has edited three books and published widely on Afrikaans Fiction and on Narrative, Fiction and Memory.

His current research is focused on the role of fiction in the malaise following the postmodernist / deconstructionist thought and theory that dominated the humanities and social sciences during the past two/three decades. Burger interrogates various responses to postmodernism with a focus on the character-personality dichotomy and emplotment in fiction.

Email: [email protected]
Prof Adelia Carstens

Prof Carstens is a Professor and Head of the Unit for Academic Literacy.  Before taking up this postion, she was head of the Department of Humanities Education. She holds two doctorates: a DLitt et Phil (Afrikaans) from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and a DPhil (Linguistics) from the University of Pretoria.
Prof Carstens has published 38 articles in accredited journals and has presented 47 papers at local and international conferences. Among the articles she regards to be her most influential, is ‘Narrow-angled versus wide-angled writing interventions report on a quasi-experiment’ in Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 29(2):149-165 (2011).
During her career she has served on the executives of a number of professional bodies, including the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa and the African Association for Lexicography (Afrilex). Since 2010 she has been a member of the item review panel for the National Benchmark Tests (Academic Literacy).

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Amanda du Preez

Amanda du Preez is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, where she teaches Visual Culture Studies. She obtained a DPhil in English from the University of South Africa on the topic of cyberfeminism and embodiment in 2003.
She has co-edited South African visual culture (2005); edited Taking a hard look: gender and visual culture (2009) and authored Gendered bodies and new technologies: rethinking embodiment in a cyber-era (2009). She served as assistant editor of two accredited journals, Image & Text and De Arte. Currently she serves on the editorial board of Gender Questions, the VIAD (UJ) advisory board, the international Scientific Board for the book series of Filmforum (Italy) and most notably on the Governing Board of the International Association for Visual Culture. She received the award as best researcher of the year (Arts Cluster) in 2013.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti

Prof Fioramonti is an associate professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in Regional Integration and Governance Studies at the University of Pretoria, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn). He is a senior fellow at the Centre for Social Investment of the University of Heidelberg and at the Hertie School of Governance, Germany, and an associate fellow at the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Belgium. He holds a PhD in
Comparative and European Politics and has published over 40 scientific articles in international journals, including Development in Practice, Development Dialogue, European Foreign Affairs Review, Third World Quarterly, The Journal of Civil Society, The International Spectator, and African and Asian Studies.

Prof Fioramonti has coordinated the activities of three research groups within the prestigious EU FP7 programme and received funding from a number of sources, including the European Commission, the European Union Delegation to South Africa, the South African Department of Science and Technology, the Flemish government, the Italian Ministry of International Affairs, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Heinrich Boll Foundation, and the Compagnia di San Paolo.

Over the past 14 years, Prof Fioramonti has built a significant research network with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Prof Fioramonti is the first and only Jean Monnet Chair in Africa – a prestigious recognition awarded by the European Commission to distinguished academics in the field of regional integration and comparative regionalism studies. Prof Fioramonti delivered the inaugural lecture in UP’s 2013 Expert Lecture series. His most recent books include Gross domestic problem: the politics behind the world’s most powerful number (Zed Books, 2013), Regions and crises: new challenges for contemporary regionalism (Palgrave, 2012), Regionalism in a changing world (Routledge, 2012), European Union democracy aid (Routledge, 2010) and External perceptions of the European Union as a global actor (Routledge, 2010; paperback, 2011). In 2013–2014, he will publish two more single-authored books: Stat wars: the politics of statistics in a world dominated by numbers (Zed Books, 2013) and The age of participation: civil society, governance and the new frontiers of civic mobilization (Bloomsbury Academics, 2014).

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Rosemary Gray

Prof Gray is an emeritus professor in the Department of English in the Faculty of Humanities. She has been a nationally-rated researcher since the inception of the system in 2002. In the most recent round of assessments, reviewers stated that 'she has made valuable contributions to the criticism of Ben Okri', a 'very difficult and challenging' writer, bringing 'new impetus to scholarship on Okri, particularly illuminating the spiritual aspects'.

Recent publications include a special guest-edited issue of the Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap, dedicated to Okri's works. This contains her 'Interview with Ben Okri' (London, February 2011 - 28(4)2012: 4-13) and her article entitled 'Mythic conjunctions in transit: ontopoiesis in Ben Okri's An African elegy and Mental fight and Wole Soyinka's A shuttle in the crypt' (2012: 25-37). In print are 'Rediscovering an axis mundi in Ben Okri's Starbook', a position paper in Research in African Literatures 44(1); and 'Ontopoiesis in Ben Okri's poetic oeuvre' in Analecta Husserliana, vol CXVI.

Prof Gray is working on two papers for 2013 at Cambridge, Mass, and Athens: 'The creative imagination as metanarrative in Okri's The landscapes within (1981)' and 'A lucid stream of "everywhereness": Ben Okri's Wild (2012)'.
She will also be collaborating with the author on a musical of his Booker Prize novel, The famished road.
  Prof Benda Hofmeyr

Prof Hofmeyr is a philosopher working in both South Africa and in the Netherlands. After the completion of her doctoral thesis in Philosophy at the Radboud University Nijmegen (RU) in the Netherlands, she conducted research at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht on the political dimension of art and cultural production. At present she is affiliated to the Department of Philosophy of the University of Pretoria as Associate Professor as well as to the Department of Philosophical Anthropology
in the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Science of the RU as Research Fellow and guest lecturer.

The most notable among the 18 prizes, scholarships and fellowships she has received is the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Veni), a highly competitive four-year research grant awarded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research aimed at early-career scholars that rank among the top ten to 20 per cent in their field. In 2010 the University of Pretoria recognised her research excellence by way of an Exceptional Young Researcher's Award.

Apart from her published DPhil thesis, numerous academic articles and book chapters, Prof Hofmeyr edited two scholarly volumes: Radical Passivity. Rethinking Ethical Agency in Levinas (Springer, 2009) and The Walmart Phenomenon. Resisting Neo-liberal Power Through Art, Design, and Theory (Jan van Eyck Academie Press, 2008). These volumes showcase her philosophical ambidexterity, one is a specialised subject-specific compilation in the field of philosophical ethics, whereas the
other is an interdisciplinary volume that include contributions by academics in the fields of philosophy, social geography, art and design.

Prof Hofmeyr is member of the Nordic Society of Phenomenology (Denmark), the Centre for Psychoanalysis and Philosophical
Anthropology (Belgium), the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa and the Nederlands-Afrikaanstalig Wijsgerig Genootschap.

Email: [email protected]
  Professor Jon Hyslop
is an Extraordinary Professor  in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities at UP.

Recent publications:

Hyslop, Jonathan (2011): An “Eventful” History of Hind Swaraj: Gandhi between the Battle of Tsushima and the Union of South Africa, Public Culture, 23:2, 299-319

Hyslop, Jonathan (2011): The Invention of the Concentration Camp: Cuba, Southern Africa and the Philippines, 1896-1907, South African Historical Journal, 63:2, 251-276

Office: Sociology and Anthropology, 418 Alumni Hall, Colgate University, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
  Prof Ulrike Kistner

teaches in the Dept of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria. Her teaching and research interests lie in the field of Political Philosophy, Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Aesthetics. She investigates problematics at the interface between Political Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory, Philosophy and Jurisprudence, Psychoanalysis and 'Race'. Mindful of locations in contexts, she reflects on the role of the Humanities, on knowledge formations in institutional organisation and practice, and on social and political thought in an on South Africa. Email: [email protected]
Prof Lize Kriel

Prof Kriel is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts. In July 2012 she was seconded from the UP Department of Historical and Heritage Studies to the Department of Visual Arts in order to teach Visual Culture Studies. She obtained a doctorate in 2002, under the supervision of Prof Johan Bergh. In 2006, she was granted an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship at the Institute for African Studies at Leipzig University, Germany. Hosted by Prof Adam Jones, she studied the ways missionary related texts were circulated between Africa and Germany by women.

She is the author of The 'Malaboch' Books, Kgalusi in the 'Civilisation of the Written Word' (Franz Steiner-Verlag, 2009). This study into the textual production of historical knowledge in Africa was described by reviewers as a bold, experimental work in the field of methodology. She contributed a chapter to the book Written Culture in a Colonial Context Africa and the Americas, 1500-1899 (2011, eds. Nigel Penn and Adrien Delmas) as well as the compilation Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa (2012, ed. Andrew van der Vlies).

In her current research she explores visual and textual literacies related to Christian missionary encounters between Europeans and Africans.

Email: [email protected]
Prof Antoinette Lombard

is professor in Social Work and head of the Department Social Work and Criminology. She represents the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) on the Board of the International Association for Schools of Social Work (IASSW). She is the IASSW coordinator of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development in Africa and represents Africa on the board of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD). She served for a period of 15 years in professional bodies. She chaired the Standard Generating Body for Social Work and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) research and policy development process in South Africa.

Her publications are in the fields of social development; developmental social welfare and social work and social work education. She has published more than 40 articles, authored one book and contributed to book chapters. Her research interests are in innovative and integrated anti-poverty models and strategies for social development and women empowerment as well as in social work education. Future research plans include (1) integrating social, economic and environmental development with an emphasis on entrepreneurial intervention strategies that promote social inclusion and (2) promoting social work education in Africa. 

E-mail: [email protected]
  Prof David JF Maree

Prof Maree is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities at the Unversity of Pretoria. His research interests are the fields of the philosophy of science, psychometrics, cognitive psychology and research methodology. He did work in cognitive psychology, specifically, change blindness and participated in projects on women in science fields. He is currently developing a goal orientation psychometric test using the Rasch model. He is also investigating the applicability of critical realism for research methodology in psychology.

Email: [email protected]
Prof David Medalie

Prof Medalie is a professor in the Department of English in the Faculty of Humanities.

His research interests lie chiefly in the areas of early twentieth-century literature (especially modernism) and South African literature. He is also an award-winning fiction writer who has published two collections of short stories and a novel. He is an acknowledged expert on the work of the British writer EM Forster, and has published a study of Forster's writing.

Prof Medalie's recent publications include a chapter on Forster's non-fiction in The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster, edited by David Bradshaw, a volume in the prestigious Cambridge Companion series. His publications on South African literature include an article entitled 'To retrace your steps: the power of the past in post-apartheid literature', originally delivered as a lecture in the University of Pretoria's Expert Lecture Series and subsequently published in English Studies in Africa. His second collection of short stories, The Mistress's Dog, was shortlisted in 2011 for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award. The title story was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Jerry Mojalefa

Prof Mojalefa started his career as a teacher; later he was a radio announcer/translator and producer, then a lecturer. He is an Emeritus Professor the Department of African Languages at UP. He received the EM Ramaila literary prize for best author as well as the Best Contribution in Teaching and Research Award from the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).

Prof Mojalefa cites as his most important publications: The role of stage directions as a device in Puleng’s Thellenyana Batlabolela, the verse form of Northern Sotho oral poetry, A journey in Megokgo ya lethabo and Tubatse and Divination expressed through poetry: The divinatory poems of Johannes Mokgwadi.

He is a member of the following associations: African Languages Association of Southern Africa, Journal of Literary Studies, Literator, Language and Teaching Association and a member (and treasurer, 2004-2006) of the African Association for Lexicography. He has also acted as a referee for five national and international journals on literature and linguistics.

He has published more than 20 books in Sepedi, Setswana and English, including novels, collections of short stories, plays and works, folklore, poetry, essays and works of language and linguistics. His scholarly works include Kgolo le Tšwelopele ya Mongwalo le Mopeleto wa Sepedi, 1862-2003/4 [The Growth and Development of Sepedi Orthography and Spelling, 1862-2003/4], and the Festschrift entitled Rabadia Ratšhatšha: Studies in African language literature, linguistics, translation and lexicography.

E-mail: [email protected]
  Prof Marth Munro

Prof Munro is an extraordinary professor in the Department of Drama in the Faculty of Humanities.

The monist approach of body-mind and voice-in-performance education is the primary focus of Prof Munro's research. Her research philosophy is informed by the trajectory of learning, applying, assessing and expanding new knowledge. She supervises and executes primarily praxis-based projects, where experiential and cognitive processes are interrelated.

As body-mind and voice-in-performance pedagogy focuses on an interwoven relationship of function and expression of the various strands, her research is of inter- and multidisciplinary nature. This can be observed in articles that she has co-authored, such as 'Lessac's structural NRG as an aid to Zulu performers' production of English vowels: a preliminary exploration', published in A World of Voice, and 'Creativity, emotional intelligence and emotional creativity in student actors: a pilot study' published in the South African Theatre Journal.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Laurie Nathan

Prof Nathan is an extraordinary professor and the Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa, based in the Department of Political Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities. He is also a visiting professor at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.

He conducts research on international mediation, regional security, security sector reform and intelligence transformation. Prof Nathan's most recent book is Community of insecurity: SADC's struggle for peace and security in Southern Africa (Ashgate, 2012). He has published in top international journals, including African Affairs, International Affairs, the European Journal of International Relations, the Journal of Southern African Studies and Human Rights Quarterly (forthcoming).

In 2012, Prof Nathan was invited to serve on the United Nations Academic Advisory Council on Mediation, and received a research grant from the Social Sciences Research Council in New York. In 2013, his co-edited volume on the security dimensions of the South African Constitution will be published by University of Cape Town Press.
  Professor Meki Emeka Nzewi

PhD Ethnomusicology, Queen’s University, Belfast

Prof Nzewi is professor in the Department of Music, University of Pretoria. He is an indigenous Africa-sensed musicologist, composer, musical dramatist, mother drummer and creative writer with 23 books, 40 published articles and numerous compositions. Research commitment focuses on authoritative discernment of Africa’s indigenous philosophy, theory, science and practices of integrated musical arts and science conceptualizations and conformations, and advancing them into contemporary humanity, education and societal relevance. Founder/Director, Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa (CIIMDA) for SADC based in Pretoria. Currently explicating and applying the indigenous musical arts as proactive soft science that tangibly manages the mental-physiological wellness of humanity, thereby societal systems. His latest book co-authored with Doris Weller (a German painter and Advaita (spiritual theory) healer is Science of art in African creative cosmos.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof James Ogude

is Professor and Research Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria since May, 2013. He is also the Deputy Director of the Centre. Prior to his appointment at the University of Pretoria, he was a Professor of African Literature and Cultures in the School of Literature and Language Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he worked since 1994, serving as the Head of African Literature and also Assistant Dean – Research, in the Faculty of Humanities. Professor Ogude obtained his B.Ed (Hons) and MA from Nairobi University and his PhD in African Literature from the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Ogude is a “B3” NRF rated researcher.

His research interests include the African novel and the Postcolonial experience in Africa, especially in relation to issues of memory and reconstruction of African history and identities. More recently, his research focus has shifted to popular cultures and literature in Africa, in an attempt to understand how these cultures produced from below help us to understand issues of power and its uses on the continent. He is also working in the area of Black intellectual traditions.

He is the author of Ngugi’s Novels and African History: Narrating the Nation, London: Pluto Press, 1999. He has also co-edited, Urban Legends, Colonial Myths: Popular Culture and Literature in East Africa, Trenton: Africa World Press, 2007 and more recently Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes, published in 2012 by Africa World Press, New Jersey. Professor Ogude has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals in the area of African Literature and Popular Culture in East Africa. His most recent articles include:

“Whose Africa? Whose Culture? Reflections on Agency, Travelling Theory and Cultural Studies in Africa,” in Kunapipi, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1 (2012): 12-27; “The Invention of Traditional Music in the City: Exploring History and Meaning in Urban Music in Contemporary Kenya,” in Okome, Onookome and Stephanie Newell (Eds). Measuring Time: Karin Barber and the Study of Everyday Africa. Research in African Literatures, 43. 4 (Winter 2012): 147-165, and “Reading No Longer at Ease as a Text That Performs Local Cosmopolitanism” in PMLA 129. 2 (2014): 2 – 6).
Professor Innocent Pikirayi

Innocent Pikirayi is Professor in archaeology and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. His main research interests are in the rise, development and demise states societies dating to second millennium AD in southern Africa, particularly Great Zimbabwe and other state systems between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers.

Current research involves the use of geoarchaeological and historical archaeological approaches to evaluate the role of water in the development and demise of complex social systems.

Professor Pikirayi integrates his research with community and public engagement approaches with the objective of transforming and decolonizing archaeological practice in southern Africa.

Email: [email protected]
  Professor Fransjohan Pretorius

is regarded as one of the leading experts on the Anglo-Boer War (a.k.a. the South African War) of 1899-1902.

He plans to continue with his research on the social and military aspects of this epic event. Currently he is preparing the publication of the Anglo-Boer War diary of Gustav Preller, the man who was to become the controversial epitome of Afrikaner nationalist historiography. Pretorius uses the English translation that was done by British Intelligence after Preller was captured towards the end of the war. This was recently discovered in a British museum. It is an important contribution to our knowledge of the Anglo-Boer War, since part of the original diary that was written in Dutch was never recovered and Preller’s post-war anti-imperial sentiments can be traced to his bitterness over the British scorched earth policy and concentration camp system during the war.

Email: [email protected]
 Prof Danie Prinsloo

Professor Prinsloo is Head of the Department of African Languages and former Chair of the School of Languages in the Faculty of Humanities. The University of Pretoria awarded him a medal as an Exceptional Academic Achiever in 2000 – an award he received for five consecutive three-year periods. In 2008 he was recognised as one of the University of Pretoria's Centenary Leading Minds and also received the 2010 PanSALB Award for effective innovation of technology to promote multilingualism. With co-author Ulrich Heid, he received the African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) Linguistic Prize for best publication in 2011.

Prof Prinsloo served as a consultant for the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) to guide the 11 National Lexicography Units, and was appointed as the Linguistic Manager of a multimillion rand text-processing project for the official African languages of South Africa, for the Department of Arts and Culture.

His research is focused on Sepedi grammar and on corpus-based African language lexicography. He has published more than 100 articles and chapters in scholarly books and has read an equal number of conference papers. He is a founder member of the African Association for Lexicography and co-editor of the ISI-indexed journal Lexikos.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem

Prof Ruttkamp-Bloem is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria.  Her fields of research expertise are Philosophy of Science, Formal Logic and Epistemology.

During her career in SA she has taught courses in formal logic and the cognitive disciplines of philosophy (i.e. philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, contemporary metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of Artificial Intelligence) to students from Faculties of Humanities, Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, and Education. She has taught courses in philosophy of science and formal logic as guest lecturer at UCT, the ELTE Eötvos University in Budapest, Hungary, and Bennington College in Vermont, USA. She currently teaches Introduction to Philosophy and an honours course in Philosophy of Science, as well as a course in Political Philosophy to students from the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at UP.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Marinus Schoeman

is a professor in the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Humanties, UP.  His research focus areas are contemporary philosophy (particularly continental philosophy), history of modern philosophy, philosophical hermeneutics, social philosophy and ethics. He is teaching Philosophical Hermeneutics and History of Philosophy.

He is a member of the Philosophical Society of SA, the International Phenomenology Symposium, the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, the Nederlands- en Afrikaanstalige Genootskap vir Wysbegeerte, the SA Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) and the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP)

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Maxi Schoeman

Prof Maxi Schoeman is a professor and Head of the Department of Political Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities. Her research focuses on African security issues and South African foreign policy. Over the past five years, she has headed a research team in her Department as a partner in an EU Framework 7 project on the external relations of the European Union. In 2009, she was awarded research fellowships to the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation at the University of Uppsala and to the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala. She is also involved in research on South African peace missions with reference to female soldiers and gender issues.

Among Prof Schoeman's most significant recent publications are 'The EU and multilateral crisis management: assessing cooperation and coordination with the UN', (co-authored), and 'Multilateralism in practice: an exploration of international involvement in solving the crisis in Darfur'. She also co-authored an article, 'South Africa in the company of giants: the search for leadership in a transforming global order' in International Affairs, 89 (1). In 2012 she was co-author of an article entitled 'The UN and regional organisations: finding a balance between the UN and the African Union', which was published in The United Nations and the regions: third world report on regional integration. The results of the first part of her research on gender in South African peace missions was published as 'South African female peacekeepers on mission in Africa: progress, challenges and policy options for increased participation' by the Nordica Africa Institute in 2010.

Email: [email protected]
Prof Ben Steyn

is currently full professor in the Department Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Pretoria. His qualifications consist of four degrees in Human Movement Sciences and three degrees in Psychology. He is also registered as a counselling psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). His main research foci in the field of Sport Psychology are on peak performances in sport, goal orientation, psychological skills and well-being. His current research focus area is to incorporate mindfulness in sport into his existing research interest areas. The main focus of his research in the next five years will be on the triangle relationship between psychological skills, mindfulness and psychological well-being in the sport context.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof De Wet Swanepoel

is a professor and clinical research audiologist at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa and adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders. His research and clinical interests span the field of early identification and diagnosis of hearing loss, objective measures of auditory functioning, HIV-related auditory dysfunction and tele-audiology. He has published widely on these in peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books. Current projects include validation of diagnostic and intervention services using through telemedicine and evaluating the efficacy and efficiency of tele-audiology health-delivery models. He is also currently working on a multi-centre World Health Organization study to develop ICF Core Sets for Hearing loss.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Elsabé Taljard

Prof Taljard is a professor in the Department of African Languages, Faculty of the Humanities, at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, terminology, lexicography, and human language technologies. Her research is mainly corpus-based and she is currently doing research on the link between metaphor and culture, and has embarked on comparative studies on metaphor between Afrikaans and Northern Sotho. She was the chief linguist in the editorial team of the Oxford Bilingual School Dictionary: Northern Sotho and English, published by Oxford University Press, which received the SATI prize (South African Translators’ Institute) for Outstanding Translation Dictionaries. She is regarded as one of the few experts on terminology and terminology development in South Africa and regularly offers terminology workshops at various institutions.

Currently, she is serving her fourth term as member of the board of AFRILEX, the African Association for Lexicography. She also represents Afrilex on the international body for terminology i.e. Inforterm. She was the editor of Lexikos in 2011, and also serves on the editorial board of this journal.

Email: [email protected]
Prof Anita van der Merwe

Anita van der Merwe is Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria. Her main research interests are models of speech motor control, apraxia of speech, and treatment of apraxia of speech. Her most significant contribution to date is the development of a brain-behaviour model of speech sensorimotor control. This model explains neurological control of normal speech production, it characterizes pathological speech sensorimotor control, and provides treatment guidelines. This model has already been cited more than 90 times. Her current research is focused on further development of the model, a rationale for treatment of apraxia of speech, and treatment outcomes.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Jeanne Van Eeden

Prof Jeanne van Eeden has spent most of her academic career in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, where she has been Head of the Department since March 2007 to December 2014.

She has published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and ten chapters in national and international scholarly books. In addition, she was co-editor with A du Preez of the book South Africa Visual Culture (Van Schaik 2005) that established the relevance of the study of visual culture in South Africa. She is the editor of the accredited journal and Image & Text and serves on the editorial board of the accredited journal De Arte.

She is an ad hoc referee for the following national and international journals: Acta Academica, Africa Today, Annals of Tourism Research, Communicatio, Critical Arts, De Arte, Historia, Journal of Design History, Literator, and the South African Journal for Cultural History. She has delivered more than 30 papers at national and international conferences and is an ad hoc external examiner for the following universities: University of the Witwatersrand, Unisa, Stellenbosch University, University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, and North West University. She has been an active member of the South African Visual Art Historians since the 1980s.

Email: [email protected]
  Prof Charles van Onselen

Prof Van Onselen is a historian and research professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, which is affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities. He has a long-standing interest in the transnational history of Southern Africa, and has worked in various sub-disciplines within the field, ranging from criminal, labour and rural history on the one hand, through to the economic and social history of industrialising regions on the other.

Prof Van Onselen's primary objective has been to undermine the master narratives and scholarly agendas of those ethnic nationalists who have built their interpretations on an uncritical acceptance of the primacy of race as the sole foundation of a longed-for nationstate that shows little sign of materialising. He has sought to do this by pointing to the importance of using class as a concept when attempting to understand the complexities of historical processes and structures in the making of modern South Africa.
His study of the life of a black South African sharecropper, influenced by the comparative experiences of former African-American slaves in the United States, won the Paton Prize in 1997. International recognition for Prof Van Onselen's other works includes the Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association of America, in 1997, and the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for history from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in London, in 1984.

Prof Van Onselen's recent research interests have focused on the various ways in which British imperialism and the Industrial Revolution helped shape banditry and criminality in the greater Indian Ocean basin during the late nineteenth century. His book, Masked raiders; Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 1888–1899, was published in 2010 and reprinted in 2011. Prof Van Onselen
has been a visiting fellow at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale universities. In 2012, he was invited to assume the inaugural Oppenheimer Fellowship in the W E B du Bois Institute at Harvard. By 2014, he hopes to have published a study of the life of John McLoughlin, an Irish 'social bandit' who was active in Southern Africa in the 1890s. Prof Van Onselen is an A-rated NRF social scientist.

E-mail: [email protected]
  Prof Bart HME Vinck

Prof Vinck is Head of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Professor in the Faculty of Humanities. He was an
Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria from 2008 until his appointment at the beginning of 2011. From 1998 to 2010, Prof Vinck was Chief Director for Audiology in the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department and Director of the Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Centre, both at the University Hospital in Ghent. He was Professor at the University of Ghent.
His main research interests and output have been otoacoustic emissions and noise-induced hearing loss and he is regarded as a pioneer in these areas. His investigation and research findings have resulted in changes in good practice. In Belgium it led to the adoption of new legislation which limited the output levels of music at mass festivals and discotheques. Much of his research has been published in esteemed, high-impact journals in his field. 

He is active as an external examiner at different universities in the
country and was recently appointed as accreditation evaluator for the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Prof Vinck started the first tinnitus clinic in Belgium, and launched a European-awarded (Best Practice Award) Hearing Conservation programme called "Hearing Coach". 

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  Prof Andries Visagie

Prof Visagie is professor in the Department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria.  The research interests of Andries Visagie are focused on Afrikaans and Dutch literature. His publications deal with gender (in particular masculinities), autobiographical literature, ecocriticism and dystopian/utopian responses to the effects of global changes in the economy. As co-convener of the Faculty Research Theme titled “Southern Modernities”, Visagie’s current research project interrogates modernity in Afrikaans literature as it manifests itself in fiction and poetry about animals. He approaches modernity in literature with insights developed within the field of animal studies, a significant feature of contemporary debates about literature and the environment.

Recent publications by Andries Visagie include chapters in Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative. Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk edited by Paul Crosthwaite (Routledge, 2011) and The Cambridge History of South African Literature edited by Derek Attridge en David Attwell (2012). In 2014 a book that he co-edited with Judith Lütge Coullie, Antjie Krog. An Ethics of Body and Otherness will be published by UKZN Press.

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  Prof Maretha Visser

Prof Visser is a Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Humanities. The focus of her research is on understanding psychosocial problems in communities and using this knowledge in developing, implementing and evaluating large-scale interventions in various contexts to promote human wellbeing. Due to the prominence of the fight against HIV/AIDS in communities, it constitutes a prominent part of her research. Since 1992 HIV prevention, the development of care and support structures for people infected and affected by HIV and HIV-related stigma has been prominent in her research. She participated in various internationally collaborative research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank and the Swedish Research Council.
She was involved in the evaluation of life-skills programmes and peer education on HIV prevention in the educational system.
She did research for the Botswana National AIDS Prevention Support (BNAPS) Project which resulted in a significant refocus of the project. Additionally, her research focuses on the development of support structures for women diagnosed HIV+ and promotion of the wellbeing of children and families affected by HIV.

She has published 38 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 11 chapters in books and presented 54 international conference papers. Her research has been acknowledged in various influential publications and meta-analyses of HIV interventions in Africa. Her research on HIV stigma resulted in a nomination to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, (UNAIDS)
Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group to develop indicators to assess stigma internationally as part of the global Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) indicators.

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  Prof Vic N Webb

Research interests: language and education; language promotion and development; language planning (policy and management).

Current projects:

Role of the African languages in Foundation Phase education (as member of a consortium: HSRC, UP, U of Limpopo), with NRF funding
Language policy and policy management in Higher Education in SA (as research fellow at the U of Stellenbosch)
The promotion and development of the African languages in SA into high-function formal languages

Plans for the next 5 years:

Organise seminars involving local African language experts, Pansalb, NLS of DAC, and European experts on the vitalisation of languages other than English in SA

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Prof Andries Wessels

Prof Wessels is a professor and Head of the Department of English in the Faculty of Humanities. His principal research interests include modernism, issues of cultural and national identity, and Irish literature. He has been a visiting scholar at both Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, and University College Dublin, Ireland, in the pursuit of these interests.

Recent publications by Prof Wessels include an article on Afrikaans poet Olga Kirsch in Prooftexts, an American journal of Jewish studies, which raised a broad debate concerning her Jewish identity and liminality, rather than treating her purely as an Afrikaans literary figure. Other recent publications include assessments of the work of South African writers Michiel Heyns and Henriette Grové, as well as a literary evaluation of the work of the internationally popular South African crime author, Deon Meyer.

Prof Wessels has read papers at numerous international conferences, particularly on Irish studies, and has published ten articles in that particular field. He has also published poetry translated into Afrikaans, including a translation of TS Eliot's iconic poem, The waste land, and some short stories.

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Prof Ernst Wolff

is professor in Philosophy at the University of Pretoria. He specialises in social philosophy, phenomenological hermeneutics and the philosophy of technology.

He is currently developing a hermeneutic theory of human technicity and an accompanying theory collective and organisational agency. The aim of this project is to provide the descriptive backbone for a normative theory of political responsibility for our contemporary globalised world.

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