vol 31 unlaagering

stilet.digital’s volume 31, on unlaagering, includes original research, revisits/reviews, two echo series (on In my vel and Pleks van plaas), opinion pieces, and visual & creative work from – and inspired by – three events in the Unlaagering initiative (2018’s UP colloquium and NWU workshop, and the 2020 UFS-hosted Transnational pedagogies: Afrikaans & X conference).

It brings together established and emerging academics, scholars, activists, and representatives from industry, including Clinton V. du Plessis, Marius Crous, Ashwin Thyssen, Phil van Schalkwyk, Ebenesia Pieters, Karien Brits, Karen Kuhn, Mercy Kannemeyer, Adean van Dyk, Delia Rabie, Elizabeth van Rensburg, Isolde de Villiers & Liezl Dick, Bettina Wyngaard, Willie Burger, Rajendra Chetty, Linde Beer, Thys Human & Jo-Riëtte Otto, Burgert Senekal, Adéle Nel, Thomas Olver, Yves T’Sjoen, Jerzy Koch, Paweł Zajas & Małgorzata Drwal, Azille Coetzee, Colette Combrink, Glenn Holtzman, Allison Geduld, Tenita Kidelo, Martina Vitackova, Alwyn Roux, Tanya du Preez, Drew Kiser, Gert Hanekom, and Zhandi van Zyl.

In addition, volume 31 features poetry and short prose by Lynthia Julius, Jolyn Phillips, Herschelle Benjamin, Fourie Botha, Jarred Thompson, Du Toit Dianne Albertze, Keanen Engel, Hermoine le Roux, Joan Hambidge, and Melusi Mntungwa, as well as poetic work from the Grond Incubator project by Moleboheng Morakabi, Mathilda Smit, Nosana Sondiyazi, Tshiamo Malatji, Jemima Meyer, Lindiwe Bakaqa, and Pieter Odendaal.

Moving beyond merely championing volume 31 as the most inclusive and diverse volume in Stilet‘s three-decade run, we would like to critically surface the productive value of such inclusion, and, instead, reframe it as the volume most representative of Afrikaans literature in the journal’s history.

To compliment this claim, we’ve included stilet.digital’s inaugural ‘representative assessment note’, and have reprinted (or translated and reprinted) six articles from Stilet‘s deep archive, each with a newly commissioned contextualisation. These contextualisations are meant to be read as companion pieces, and are by Hein Willemse, Louise Viljoen, Michael le Cordeur, Stevlyn Vermeulen, Fred Botha, and Willem Fransman Jr.

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