Prof du Preez
Prof du Preez is 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 the International Association for Visual Culture. She has a C2 rating from the NRF and received the award as researcher of the year (Arts Cluster) in 2013.
Lecturer in the Department since 2001, teaching Visual Culture Studies – currents subjects are Postmodernism; Visual Hermeneutics; Virtual Culture; South African Visual Culture; Key Texts in Visual Culture; and Digital Culture.
Research focus areas: critical visual culture, feminist theory, gender, embodiment, cyber culture, the sublime, self-portraiture, social media, place and sense of belonging, digital humanities
Dr Rebecca Fasseltis
Dr Rebecca Fasseltis particularly interested in literary and cultural connections between South Africa and other parts of Africa.Her PhD thesis examined the portrayal of migrants from elsewhere on the African continent in South African literature published after 2000. She is currently working on a comparative project exploring transcontinental literary and cultural connections between South Africa and Nigeria in the 1960s and post-2000s. Her research also focuses on postcolonial novels written in the first-person plural voice and on eco-critical approaches to South African literature