From 22 to 30 September, PhD candidate Nhlanhla Dube
attended The Third Summer Institute for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Funded
Project on “Entanglement, Mobility and Improvisation: Culture and the Arts in
Contemporary African Urbanism and its Hinterlands”. The Summer Institute was
held in Accra, Ghana and he presented work from his ongoing research. Nhlanhla
is due to defend his PhD at the end of November, 2023.
Dr Nadia Sanger and the panellists of “Constructed Identities”. From left, Thandiwe Ntshinga (author of Black Racist Bitch), Nadia Sanger, Lynsey Ebony Chutel (co-author of Coloured: How Classification Became Culture), Pieter Odendaal (author of Ontaard) and Akin Sanger-Samuels.
The event was part of the EACLALS 2023 conference at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, “Imagining Environmental Justice in a Postcolonial World”. A sizeable Stellenbosch contingent including Prof. Louise Green, Dr Eckard Smuts, Prof. Maria Olaussen, Mr Fred Aluoch and Dr Megan Jones presented work on topics from plastic, to photography, to islands, to rivers and even to the politics of sand.
Subcommittee A: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2023
Department of English, Stellenbosch University
(This grant of R250 000.00 is awarded for one year,
with possible extension to a second year depending on availability of funds)
Jeanne Ellis, Department of English, Stellenbosch University
Project Title: Nineteenth-Century Settler Colonialism
Re-Storied and Re-Staged
Scope of Research: Given the popular trend
in recent historical fiction to return to the Victorian era and the critical
attention it has received, particularly under the rubric of neo-Victorian
studies, this project endeavours to establish the fictional turn to histories
of settler colonialism as an especially productive site for theorising the
possibilities and risks of the neo-Victorian. Lorenzo Veracini’s contention
that “[t]he stories settlers tell themselves and about themselves are crucial
to an exploration of settler colonial subjectivities” (Settler Colonialism,
103) provides the point of departure for its proposition that the restorying
of nineteenth-century settler colonialism in literary texts, theatrical
production, films, television series, and visual art from the perspective of post-settler
subjects whose genealogies are entangled with such histories continue to
warrant close, sustained scrutiny. Noting the dearth of published research on
the role of theatre in neo-Victorianism’s critical revision of settler colonial
histories, this project provides a research opportunity to a young scholar
whose graduate research on a relevant aspect of South African theatre studies
and / or neo-Victorian studies has established the appropriate foundation for
collaborative and independent publication on the restaging – as a
counterpart term to restorying – of nineteenth-century settler
Requirements: PhD (must have graduated within the last five years). The applicant’s
doctoral research and the application for the fellowship should intersect with
the field of study outlined above. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to write
and submit at least two articles to accredited journals by the end of the
funded period and to teach one second-year English Studies elective in the
second semester of 2023.
Postdoctoral research fellows
are not eligible for employee benefits since they are registered as fellows and
their bursaries are awarded tax free.
Please send your CV and a 1000-word
project proposal to Jeanne Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Lauren van der Rede, currently a lecturer in the
Department of English at Stellenbosch University, has been awarded the
BECHS-Africa Fellowship and will be in residence as an Early Career Humanities
Scholar at the University of Ghana in the latter half of 2023. Her
research thinks the intersection of annihilatory violence, such as genocide,
literary and cultural studies, and psychoanalysis from and through Africa in
relation to the question of memory. She received her PhD in English Literature
from the University of the Western Cape, where she was also a Next Generation
Researcher based at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR). Beyond developing
her own scholarship, as part of her time at the University of Ghana, she will
also offer a workshop focused around her research.