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Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice

About the Chair

Ton_en-Anet_Vosloo-crop.jpgThe Chair was endowed by Ton and Anet Vosloo and is situated in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch. In this Chair, we host a centre of knowledge on the scientific study of translation, interpreting and revision/editing. The research focus is on Afrikaans language practice, thereby enhancing Afrikaans as a language of science. This research is not undertaken in isolation or within an Afrikaans enclave, but rather within a multilingual and multicultural environment. Students are also trained in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German and isiXhosa. Students are trained here as next-generation scholars in the scientific field of language practice but also as language practitioners. The South African community as a whole will benefit from the establishment and enhancement of the imprint of Afrikaans in the local Stellenbosch, national and international community.

Ilse Feinauer.jpgProf Ilse Feinauer of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch in SU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has been appointed incumbent of this Chair.​​

For her research profile, click HERE​.

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​Bursary recipients

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Position available

Closing date for applications: 18 September 2023
Assumption of duties: 1 October 2023

Project title

The Reality of Revision

Research description

The project is situated within Language Practice and will entail an analytical description of the term revision. Aspects such as editing of original and translated texts, post-editing of machine translated texts, and the rewriting of texts in plain language  will be covered. The postdoctoral fellow will be able to do individual research but will also work as part of an editorial team of a book with the title The Reality of Revision, as well as supervise students on honours level.

The fellowship is based in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch and resorts under the Ton and Anet Vosloo Research Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice. The successful applicant will receive a full postdoctoral bursary from the academic host.

Academic host

The project will be handled jointly by Professor Ilse Feinauer and the successful candidate.


  • PhD (completed within the previous five years)
  • Knowledge of Editing and Translation Studies
  • Ability to write in English and Afrikaans


  • Editorial expertise

Please note that postdoctoral fellows will not be appointed as employees and will not enjoy employee benefits. The postdoctoral bursary will not be taxed.

Start of fellowship

1 October 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Submit applications at by 18 September 2023. The application must include the following:

  1. A cover letter indicating your interest in the project and stating when you can start
  2. A project proposal showing how you plan to contribute to the project (articles, chapters for the book project, editorial services, etc.)
  3. A CV and list of publications  
  4. Names and contact details of at least 3 referees

We reserve the right not to make any appointment.

​​​Chancellor’s Award for res​​​earch​​

Prof Ilse Feinauer of the D​epartment of Afrikaans and Dutch received a Chancellor's Award for sustained excellence in research on Monday 5 December 2022. A maximum of 15 such prestige awards are presented for research, innovation, learning and teaching, social impact, and professional services during the December graduation ceremonies.

During her 40 years as an academic at SU, Prof Feinauer has established an exceptional research profile, both nationally and internationally. She is one of the founding members of the African Society for Translation Studies (ATSA) and is a member of the executive board of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST). Her continued involvement in international organisations and conferences led to the EST conference being held in Stellenbosch in 2019 – the first time it has been held outside of Europe.

Prof Feinauer also remains deeply involved with language practice locally and with Afrikaans linguistics. She is the first holder of the Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch and is the vice-chair of the South African Academy of Science and Arts.