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Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice

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The 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 m​ulticultural 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.  ​

Prof 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



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New term on EST board​

Congratulations to Prof Ilse Feinauer, who was elected to the Executive Board of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST) for another term. From 22 to 25 June, Prof Feinauer, Dr Amanda Marais and Mr Marius Swart are participating in the 10th EST Congress in Oslo, Norway.

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Fifth USAN conference

The Vosloo Chair was well represented at the recent fifth USAN conference for young scholars in literature, linguistics and applied linguistics.

Prof Ilse Feinauer, the Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice, was one of the keynote speakers at the conference and in her address she examined training in and research on Translation Studies in Africa.

In line with his interest in women who translate – particularly women who are primarily associated with a different career – Dr Danie Stander, the Vosloo postdoctoral fellow, concluded the conference with a paper on Anna Neethling-Pohl's translation of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra. He highlighted both the portrayal and the interpretation of gender and nationalism in this Afrikaans translation.

In her turn, Mareli Swart, a Vosloo bursary holder, presented the findings of her Honours research project. The project investigated which norms and ideological matters were at play in Martjie Bosman's 2017 translation of Polleke (2003) by Guus Kuijer. Mareli will start her MA in 2022.

The influence of the Vosloo Chair is clear in the postgraduate studies it funds, but is also visible in the way it enables young scholars to build networks and to identify new research possibilities. 


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Dr Danie Stander: A postdoc standard bearer

D Stander Foto.jpgDr Danie Stander, the postdoctoral fellow for the Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice, will be celebrated on 25 November as one of the top 20 postdoctoral fellows at Stellenbosch University.

This award for exceptional performance in research is based on a postdoctoral fellow's publications (such as journal articles and chapters in books), papers read at conferences, involvement in research teams, raised through research grants and awards, and involvement in University activities and societies.

Being in the top 20 is not only a significant achievement given the number of postdocs at SU (in 2020 there were more than 320) but also in terms of subject area. Danie is one of only two postdocs in the top 20 from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (the other achievers hail from the faculties of AgriSciences, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science). And he is the first postdoc from a language department to appear in the top 20 in more than three years.

Congratulations to Danie and to Prof Ilse Feinauer who, as the Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice, has been acting as Danie's postdoc host and guiding light.


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Postdoctoral fellow involved in ground-breaking research

Triptiek.jpgThe current postdoctoral fellow for Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice, Danie Stander, is involved in some ground-breaking research on etiquette literature in Afrikaans. During a recent Lunch Hour Talk, he and his co-author, Lizelle Smit, told the audience a bit about their research.

As genres, neither etiquette literature nor morality literature are strangers to Afrikaans readers, even if the names do not ring a bell. Stander and Smit describe morality literature as an umbrella term for the various Afrikaans non-fiction genres focusing on the transfer of education, good manners and morality. It includes, inter alia, etiquette literature, guidance literature, finishing literature, and texts on codes of conduct and good manners. And it seems that virtually no research has been done in Afrikaans on Afrikaans etiquette literature.

Stander and Smit will change that. Their joint project focuses on gender performance in Alba Bouwer's translation of the etiquette book Sybille: Sjarmante vriendin [Sybille: Charming friend]. They have already submitted their research to a journal for publication and are now waiting on word from the reviewers. ​​​

  • Danie Stander is the Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice research fellow. His postdoctoral research, under Prof. Ilse Feinauer, focuses on the work done by Nerina Ferreira (1921–2012) as a theatre practitioner, translator and writer.
  • Lizelle Smit is busy with postdoctoral research under Dr Mathilda Slabbert at the Department of English. Her project is funded by the Division for Research Development and entitled “Exploring the Archive: South African Women's Life Writing (19th century to the present)".


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Vosloo bursary recipients for 2022

​Postdoctoral

​PhD

​MA

​Honours

​Danie Stander
​Dalene Joubert
​Allison Matroos
​Maryna Adshade
​Asambese Mkumatela
​Marizaan Brink
​Mareli Swart
​Caylin Hopley
​Lerie Tredoux


​Previous bursary recipients


2021

FLTR: Eleanor Basson (Afrikaans and Dutch), Allison Matroos (Afrikaans and Dutch), Ella van Rensburg (Translation) and Mareli Swart (Translation).

Postdoctoral

PhD

​MA

​Honours

​Danie Stander
​Annie Burger
​Francé Muller
​Eleonore Basson
​Dalene Vermeulen
​Hennely Nell
​Allison Matroos
​Kanja van der Merwe
​Mareli Swart
​Ella van Rensburg

2020

​Postdoctoral

​PhD

​MA

​Honours

​Danie Stander
​Annie Burger
​Francé Muller
​Natasha Harmse
​Dalene Vermeulen
​Hennely Nell
​Asambese Mkumatela
​Kanja van der Merwe
​Lynn-Mari Solomon
​Marelize ter Borg

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Investiture of the Ton en Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans  Language Practice (2020)

Prof Ilse Feinauer (incumbent of the Vosloo Chair), together with Dr Ton Vosloo, Ms Anet Pienaar-Vosloo, Prof Wim de Villiers (Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University), and postgraduate students who received bursaries through the Vosloo Chair.

Back row (fltr): Asambese Mkumatela, Prof Ilse Feinauer, Dr Ton Vosloo, Ms Anet Pienaar-Vosloo, Prof Wim de Villiers, Dr Danie Stander.
Middle row: Dalene Vermeulen, Francé Muller, Marelize ter Borg, Lynn-Mari Solomon, Natasha Harmse.
Front row: Annie Burger, Kanja van der Merwe, Hennely Nel.
(Photo: Henk Oets)