NewsClips (13/11/2020)

Posted on November 16, 2020

Dear Humanities Colleagues


Awards & Appointments


The Faculty is very proud to congratulate:


 • Henning Melber (Political Sciences) and Fransjohan Pretorius (Historical and Heritage Studies) – both won awards for Science Communication Excellence from The Conversation Africa Science Communication Awards

 • Jabulile Mavuso who received the 2020 International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) Paula Kantor Award. She also presented her doctoral research on abortion counselling in the public health sector in the Eastern Cape.

 • Brenda Hofmeyr (Philosophy) for being elected to serve as a member of the Expert Panel on Ethics and Philosophy of the Vlaamse Wetenschappelijke Ondezoeksraad 2020-2023. She has also been selected to serve as a member of the Executive of the Pretoria Werksgemeenskap of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns


Research Review 2019


The Research Review 2019 PDF report is now available on the UP website. The following colleagues are featured in the report:


 • Bronwyn Strydom – “Faculty of Humanities @100”

 • William Kelleher (Unit for Academic Literacy) – “Student use and response to online learning resources”

 • Kerstin Tönsing (Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) – “Non-English alternative communication methods used in South African courts”

 • David Medalie, Charne Larvey and Rebecca Fasselt featured under Creative Writing. 

 • Willie Burger (Afrikaans) – “Spoken Afrikaans Corpus’”

 • Alf Gunvald Nilsen (Sociology) – “Indian Democracy: origins, trajectories, contestations”

 • Jonathan Okeke (Philosophy) – “Conversational thinking”

 • Claire Wagner (Psychology) – “Multidisciplinary research collaboration on urban household water use with a project-based learning component for students”

 • Herna Hall, Stephan Geyer, Liana le Roux (Social Work and Criminology) – “Internet use: benefit or risk to South African students?”

 • Siona O’Connell – “Impossible Return” 

 • Rada Tirvassen (Modern European Languages) – “Sociolinguistics and the Narrative Turn” 

 • Charles van Onselen (Historical and Heritage Studies) – “The Night Trains”

 • De Wet Swanepoel (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) – “Using smartphones to screen for hearing health” 

UP Science Leaders:


 • Charles van Onselen (Historical and Heritage Studies)


Appearances on Media Platforms


I would also like to recognise our colleagues who have been busy across a variety of media and academic platforms. Here are this week’s highlights:


 • Ziyanda Majombozi (Anthropology) participated in the BREATH: Inspire/Expire virtual symposium co-hosted by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Primary Health Care Directorate, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) and the Medical and Health Humanities Africa (MHHA) network.

 • Roland Henwood (Political Sciences) was interviewed on:

 • RSG discussing the US elections and election management in the USA (part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5) and delivered comments on the US election (part 1 and part 2).

 • PretoriaFM commenting about the US elections and its possible outcomes (part 1 and part 2).

 • Newzroom Afrika again offering an opinion on the outcome of the US elections (part 1 and part 2).

 • Antoinette Lombard (Social Work and Criminology) wrote an article for the UP Website on World Adoption Day

 • Thaddeus Metz (Philosophy) was interviewed on The Scoop after having been designated one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect Magazine. He also gave a talk titled “For Reconciliatory Sentencing” as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy London Lecture Series: A Philosopher’s Manifesto

 • Nedine Moonsamy (English) published the article “African science fiction: rereading the classic Nigerian novel The Palm-wine Drinkard” in The Conversation


Publications on academic platforms:


 • Sandy Africa (Political Science) has published an article “Challenges of Peacebuilding in Africa” in ACCORD’s Conflict Trends

 • Farai Maunganidze (Sociology) has co-published a paper “An uneven playing field: Experiences of female legal practitioners in Zimbabwe” in Gender, Organisation and Work

 • Edwin Smith (Historical and Heritage Studies, Manager: Campus Operations (Mamelodi), Head of Residence: Tuksdorp) has published an article “Of libraries, books, and reading: A journey of meaning making” in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

 • Thaddeus Metz (Philosophy) published “Recent Work in African Philosophy: Its Relevance beyond the Continent” in Mind 

 • Mpume Zondi (African Languages) published her monograph Bahlabelelelani - Why Do They Sing? Gender and Power in Contemporary Women’s Songs  with UKZN Press  


Scheduled Activities:


I would like to again encourage colleagues to participate in the International Hope Barometer Survey being run by Tharina Guse (Psychology) and Andreas Krafft at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland. To complete the survey please click here.


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