editorial collective

Thys Human, editor: Stilet

Thys Human is associate professor in the subject group Afrikaans and Dutch of the NWU School of Languages, where he has taught literature (especially prose and drama) since 2013. Hy completed a dissertation about loss in the oeuvre of Lettie Viljoen / Ingrid Winterbach in 2007 under the supervision of prof Willie Burger. In 2008 he took up the Elizabeth Eybers postdoctoral fellowship in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and in 2015 and 2018 taught in Antwerp, Belgium. Thys is author and co-author of a number of articles, chapters, and regularly reviews for Beeld, Rapport and Die Burger. He is a member of the Letterkundekommissie of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, and serves on adjudication panels for the WA Hofmeyr Prize, ATKV Veertjies, and kykNet-Rapport Book Prizes. He is currently supervising three M and three PhD studies.


Wemar Strydom, associate editor: stilet.digital

Wemar’s research centres on the intersection between queer masculinity and citizenship in Afrikaans narrative texts, and on tracking the emergence of specific strands of queer theory in Southern Africa. Recent engagement with this theme includes published work on Eben Venter, and guest editorship of issues of Image & Text and JLS. He is an exco member of LASA, co-convenor of the annual February Lectures initiative on queer lived experience in the global South, and a member of the steering collective at Unlaagering/Ontlaering. Dad to Isaac, the pug.


To guide and advise the editors, an editorial working collective (previously: editorial board) is appointed for a term of 3 years, from 01 October 2019 to 30 September 2022 – to coincide broadly with the publication of stilet.digital volumes 31 to 34 – and consists of the following seven members: Adéle Nel, NWU; Quentin Williams, UWC; Chantelle Gray, NWU; Bibi Burger, UP; Martina Vitackova, UGent; Jean Meiring; and Siseko H Kumalo, UP.

Adéle Nel is a retired professor in the subject group Afrikaans and Dutch (Vaal Triangle campus, NWU), and an extraordinary professor in the Research Unit: Linguistics and Literature in the South African context, Humanities faculty, NWU (Potchefstroom campus). She is author and co-author of numerous academic articles and chapters in edited volumes. In her recent research the focus has increasingly become the poetics of relationality in which mortality, ontologically equitable analogy, vision and artistry, as well as gender and the body, play a prominent role.


Quentin Williams is an associate professor of sociolinguistics in the Linguistics Department at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He is also research fellow at the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR, UWC), and visiting professor (leerstoelhouer) at the Centre for Afrikaans and the study of South Africa at Ghent University (2020/2021). He has published journal articles, book chapters and op-ed pieces on the performance and practice of multilingualism, hip hop, language activism, Afrikaaps, and linguistic citizenship in South Africa. He is co-editor of the journal Multilingual Margins: a journal of multilingualism from the periphery, and his most recent book is Neva Again: hip hop art, activism and education in post-apartheid South Africa (HSRC Press, 2019, with Adam Haupt, H Samy Alim and Emile YX?). He is author of Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes (Bloomsbury, 2018, with Amiena Peck and Christopher Stroud) and Remix Multilingualism (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). He also features on the rap album #IntheKeyofB.


Chantelle Gray (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at North-West University. Her research interests include the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari in particular, and philosophy more broadly. Chantelle serves on the editorial board of Somatechnics and is co-convener of the South African Deleuze and Guattari Studies conference. Her engagement with Afrikaans as minor literature flows from her PhD work on translation and/as critique in the oeuvre of Ingrid Winterbach. She is also co-editor of Deleuze and Anarchism (2019, Edinburgh University Press).


Bibi Burger is a lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Afrikaans where she develops and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Afrikaans poetry, prose and drama and an honours module on Gender and Literature. She is a 2017/2018 ACLS African Humanities Program postdoctoral fellow, a judge of the UJ prize for Afrikaans writing and the book reviews editor of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. Her current research interests include contemporary South African literature, gender studies and ecocriticism.


Martina Vitackova is post-doctoral fellow at the Ghent Centre for Afrikaans and the study of South Africa (Belgium), working on contemporary popular romance in Afrikaans. She received a PhD. in Theory of Literature for ‘Back to the Roots? Forming New Concepts of Women’s Identity in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature Written by Women in Dutch and Afrikaans‘, and is co-author of History of Dutch Literature in Czech language (2015). She spent 5 years as a post-doc at the University of Pretoria, where she co-founded the Gender Studies research group – GR@UP. Martina publishes on feminist literary theory, Afrikaans and Dutch literature, and, most recently, popular romance.


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Siseko H. Kumalo is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines, a journal dedicated to decolonising disciplinary knowledge across faculties in higher education. His research covers epistemic justice, pedagogies of mutual (in)fallibility, feminist and queer theory, violence, Education for Sustainable Development and higher education transformation. His area of focus is education decolonisation in South Africa and he has subsequently authored a number of papers investigating the topic. He has published with Education as Change, Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL) and in the Theoria. He is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2017).