editorial collective

editor: Stilet

Prof Marius Crous (NMU) is currently acting editor.


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 co-convenor of the annual February Lectures initiative on queer lived experience in the global South.


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 members: Adéle Nel, NWU; Chantelle Gray, NWU; Bibi Burger, UP; Martina Vitackova, UGent; and Jean Meiring.

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.

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.

[Jean’s bio on its way]