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UWC English Department Postgraduate Student Conference

Monday, 4 May, 2015, 14h00, D238

Format: Presentations 10 minutes, questions 5 minutes

Hardcopy proposals to be handed in to the Postgraduate Coordinator.



(HOD, Hermann Wittenberg)

Panel 1: The Natures of Narrative (14h05 to 14h50)

Chair: Cheryl-Ann Michael


Reliability: A discussion of narrative voice in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Bronwyn Oliver


Is Nelly Dean, in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, an unreliable narrator?

Yarlene-Tara Barends


Living off the ruins: A representation of the child’s perspective of war in the novel, Fireweed

Sibongile Khumalo

Panel 2: Politics of Representation (14h50-15h20)

Chair: Roger Field


Representations of Africa and Africans in Western feature films: Tarzan (1932), Out of Africa (1985) Blood Diamond (2008)

Robert la Vita


An analysis of media discourse on the San in the 19th C Cape African newspaper archive

Omar Nolan

Panel 3:  East-West Travel Writing (15h20-15h50)

Chair: Julia Martin


Romantic aspects in the colonial travelogue by Robert Semple

Mogammad Tauriq Moses



A critical and curious gaze into the Indian-oceanic passage in The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan in Asia, Africa, and Europe

Nehna Singh




Panel 4: South African Cityscapes (16h05-16h35)

Chair: Jacolien Volschenk


The urban aesthetic in Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters and Zoo City

Christopher Page


Power relations in the spaces of the city: K. Sello Duiker’s 13 Cents

Lauren Emmett

Panel 5: African World Perspectives I (16h35-17h05)

Chair: Mark Espin


Voices of the oppressed: A take on the black South African outcry in 1910

Charlise Petersen


Subjectivity and Identity in the early poems of Arthur Nortje


Amey Europa



Panel 6: African World Perspectives II (17h20 – 18h05)

Chair: Courtney Davids


Mixed modes: Genre and media in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

Tebello Mzamo


New Perspectives on African women’s writing: The idea of the mother in Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood and Marlene van Niekerk’s Agaat


Elvis Bwala


“Post-apartheid literature: The gothic”

Marc Morilly


Departmental Seminars


29 July: What we are Reading Now

5 August: Roger Field: Media and the Body

12 August: Courtney Davids: Transatlantic observations and lived experiences in Catherine Hubbock’s letters

19 August: Peter Kohler: The Hit Parade

26 August: Susanna Sacks to speak to Postgrads. Staff to Faculty Board.


9 September: Paige Sweet: Debt and Dispossession in Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness

16 September: Annel Pieterse: Mandela's Stutter: Temporalities of Betrayal

23 September: Paul Adolphsen: Encountering  Agaat: Toward a Dramaturgical Method of Application

30 September: Michael Wessels: Reading Sifiso Mzobe’s Young Blood: places of getting and self-making

7 October: Marijke du Toit: Social Reading in the Age of the Internet

14 October: MACW students: Poetry Reading​

Departmental Colloquia and Conf​erences

CFP: The Fifth Human Animal Studies Colloquium at the University of the Western Cape

1-2 September 2015, Centre for Humanities Research

Indigenous Knowledges, Animals and Modernity in the Arts

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Courtesy of the artist Nicolene C. Swanepoel


Traditionally, animals have been imagined in relation to spiritual realms and the occult—as animist gods, familiars, privileged connections to the ancestors, totems and talismans. This colloquium will consider representations of encounters and cross-overs between indigenous beliefs and those of modernity in literature, film, fine art, and drama.

Papers on the arts from sub-Saharan Africa, North America and the Antipodes are invited on the following topics (which are not necessarily exclusive):

indigenous knowledges intersecting with national politics and/or the development of a new elite.

Animals in the spirit world in contemporary life, in Africa and elsewhere. Studies may include, for example, the porousness between species in shamanism and ferality, shape-shifting and the occult.

Creative interventions into the politics/policing of indigeneity, including re-imaginings of myths and mythological ways of being, adaptations of cross-species lifeways and other creative practices to new conditions, retrofits of new genre/media forms to old stories of multispecies life.

Abstracts of 250 words (maximum) due: 6 July 2015

Completed papers due: 10 October 2015

Send abstracts to:

Programme for Indigenous Knowledges, Modernity and the Arts

Centre for Humanities Research Centre

1-2 September  2015


1 September

9:00-9:30 Tea and Coffee

9:30-10:30 Keynote: Susan McHugh: Inuit, Canid, Digital: Storytelling after the Mountie Sleg Dog Massacre

10:30-11:30 Tea

11:00-13:00 ​Session 1: Bushman Art. (Chair: Hermann Wittenberg)

Michael Wessels: Rhebok Headed Men: The Animal and the Human in the Qing-Orpen Materials

Alan Northover: Interrogating the sacred art of Vetkat Regopstaan Boesman Kruip



Wylie: //Kabbo sings the animals


3:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Session 2: Imagining Myths (Chair: Andries Visagie)

Erika Lemmer and Linda Roothman: Transcorporeality, cryptozoologys and animal souls in Kikoejoe (Etienne van Heerden, 1996) and Dwaalpoort (Alexander Strachan, 2010)

Wendy Woodward: “The only facts are supernatural ones”: dreaming animals in some contemporary southern African texts

15:30-16:00: Tea

2 September

8:30-9:00: Tea and Coffee

9:00-11:00: Session 3: Figuring Dogs (Chair: Wendy Woodward)

Fiona Moolla:The sacrifice of the dog in Isidore Okpewho’s Call Me By My Rightful Name and the work of Wole Soyinka: the significance of the animal in African modernity, diaspora and black identity


00-11:30: Tea

Session 4: Hybridities (Chair: Erik

a Lemmer)

Daniel G. Payne: Shape-Shifting in Modern Native American Fiction

Delphi Carstens:Tricksters, animals, new materialities and indige

nous wisdoms

 Gray van Heerden: Subjectivization, subjectivities and subjects: Rethinking Becoming-animal through machinic animism and ahu

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14:30: Lunch

14:30-16:00: Session 5: Social landscapes (Chair: Fiona Moolla)

Hermann Wittenberg: Animated animals: allegories of transformation in Khumb


16:00-16:30: Tea and close​​


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