JC Steyn
JC Steyn

JC Steyn worked at Die Volksblad, the University of Port Elizabeth, the Rand Afrikaans University and the Universiteit of the Free State. He has published over 100 articles in journals and books and is the author of several works on language politics and language en cultural history. The most important of these are Tuiste in eie taal [Home in their own language] (1980), Trouwe Afrikaners. Aspekte van Afrikanernasionalisme en Suid-Afrikaanse taalpolitiek 1875-1938 [Loyal Afrikaners Aspects of Afrikaner nationalism and South African language politics], (1987) and ‘Ons gaan ’n taal maal’: Afrikaans sedert die Patriot-jare [‘We make a language’. Afrikaans since the years of Die Afrikaanse Patriot] (2014). In three biographies he paid special attention to the language struggle and the views of the authors of Afrikaner nationalism.

These books are Van Wyk Louw: ’n lewensverhaal [Van Wyk Louw – A biography] (1998), Penvegter: Piet Cillié van Die Burger [‘Penvegter’: Piet Cillié of Die Burger] (2002) and Die honderd jaar van M.E.R. [The hundred years of M.E.R.]. (2004).

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Prof HP van Coller

Hendrik Petrus (Hennie) van Coller, a research fellow of the University of the Free State and extraordinary professor at the Northwest University, is the editor of Perspektief en profiel.

'n Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis. He is a translator of poetry (Bandelose gedigte by Luuk Gruwez, 2007) and a published poet (Soom, 2012). His most important publications are two books of literary essays, Tussenkoms and Tussenstand. His numerous publications on literary history includes a chapter in the Cambridge South African Literary History. Currently he chairs the literary commission of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns and is a former president of this academy. He is also a member of ASSAF.

Marietjie Lambrechts
Marietjie Lambrechts

Qualifications: B Iur LLB, MA (Language Studies) Currently enrolled for a Master of Arts with specialisation in Creative Writing, UFS

Married to an architect of Bloemfontein, Hennie Lambrechts

Interests: Academically: Literature (Migrant literature, Intertextuality), Classical Greek Literature and Philosophy

Other: Organic horticulture, Art, Architecture, Travelling and Nature

Charl-Pierre Naudé
Charl-Pierre Naudé

Charl-Pierre Naudé is a writer, poet, freelance journalist and editor; journalistic and academic reviewer of literary publications; newspaper article writer on the intersection of politics and culture; and academic researcher of themes concerning literature, philosophy and culture. He is also a compiler of the work of other poets.

In 1988 he completed a B.A. honours degree in Philosophy at Stellenbosch University and in 2016 and in 2016 the University of the Free State awarded him an M.A. degree in theory of creative writing, literary theory and creative writing, with distinction.

He is the author of several poetry volumes in Afrikaans, one in English and a bilingual volume in Afrikaans and Dutch translation, and is the recipient of several literary prizes. Later in 2018 a novel authored by him will be published by Tafelberg publishers.

In 2014/15 he did a year-long writer’s residency in the Artists Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Berlin, Germany.

His areas of focus tend to be interdisciplinary and comparative in nature and concerns creative writing and philosophy. As reseracher he is presently working on translation theories.

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Jerzy Koch

Since 1997, Jerzy Koch has been connected to the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, where he is a tenured professor and Head of the Department of Dutch and South African Studies in die Faculty of English. He was also attached to the University of Wrocław (1985-2011), where he established the Department of Modern Dutch Literature and Afrikaans within the Chair for Dutch Philosophy and which has now been taken over and led by one of his pupils.

In 1991, he was awarded a PhD in Literature and Philosophy with ‘Major Distinction’ at the Catholic University Louvain (Belgium), with his thesis on the reception of Multatuli in Poland. Since 1992, he has been occupying himself with Afrikaans and (South-) African literature.

He was a guest lecturer at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) for seven years and lectured in Olomouc, Vienna, Leiden, Bloemfontein, Stellenbosch, Curaçao and others. Since 2014, he regularly lectures and present courses for students in the so-called Dutch Antilles.

He is the author of, amongst others, the following books: Outsider onder de zijnen. Vormen van xenofanie in de Afrikaanse roman (2002), Wenus Hotentocka i inne rozprawy o literaturze południowoafrykańskiej (2008), Historia Literatury południowoafrykańskiej. Literatura afrikaans XVII-XIX wiek (2004), Historia Literatury południowoafrykańskiej. Literatura afrikaans. Okres usamodzielnienia 1900-1930 (2012), A History of South African Literature. Afrikaans Literature. Part One: From the 17th to the 19th Century (2015).

He is the author of many articles, amongst others, Spiegel der Letteren, Hollands Maandblad, Over Multatuli, Stilet, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Acta Academica, Literator. Furthermore, he is the founder and editor in chief of the journal Werkwinkel: Journal of Low Countries and South African Studies and serves on the board of editors of LitNet.

He is also active as translator of Dutch and Afrikaans literature (Multatuli, H. Mulisch, H. Claus, H. de Coninck, A. Krog, and B. Breytenbach). In 1995, he received the Nijhoff Prize for his translation oeuvre.

Joanita Erasmus
Joanita Erasmus

Joanita Erasmus-Alt is a music teacher at Fichardt Park High School in Bloemfontein. In 2006 she obtained a masters degree in music from the University of the Free State. In 2013 two of her short stories were published under LitNet’s top 15 short stories of the year. With the completion of a M.A.-degree (creative writing) (with distinction), she was awarded the Gerhard Beukes prize for creative writing from the University of the Free State in 2013. In 2016 she obtained a Ph.D.-degree in the department Afrikaans and Dutch from the University of the Free State with a thesis titled “Grensoorskryding in Alfabet van die voëls deur S.J. Naudé en Sondag op ʼn voëlplaas deur Johann Nell”.

Ingrid Glorie

Ingrid Glorie (Amsterdam, 1969) studied Dutch Language and Literature and Comparative Literature at the Free University in Amsterdam. As an academic and a journalist she publishes widely on Afrikaans literature for several magazines in the Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa. Sy contributed the Afrikaans proverbs for Van Dale’s Spreekwoordenboek (2000) and translated Verdwaal (Herman Wasserman), Magersfontein, o Magersfontein! (Etienne Leroux), Infanta (Deon Meyer), Die lanternswaaier (Sophia Fourie), Donkerland (Deon Opperman) and Die Sideboard (Simon Bruinders) from Afrikaans into Dutch. From September 2012 onwards Glorie is editor-in-chief of the magazine of Zuid-Afrikahuis in Amsterdam: Maandblad Zuid-Afrika (2012-2017), now Zuid-Afrika Spectrum (January 2018-). From January 2018 she is also correspondent for the Netherlands for www.voertaal.nu. Glorie is coordinator of the Week van de Afrikaanse roman and one of the organizers of the Festival voor het Afrikaans.


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