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Join us for another centenary talk!

On Thursday 10 November 2022 Prof Rufus Gouws will talk to Ms Lenelle Foster about how the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch has changed over the past fifty years – since the days when he was a student. Don't miss this talk with this year's winner of the Jan H Marais Prize.

Email to book your seat or get the Teams link.

The talk will be held in Arts 648 – our thanks to our colleagues at the Department of Political Science for making the venue available to us.

Centenary talks

To celebrate our centenary, we are having a special series of talks by former colleagues and former students of the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch.


20 October
Prof Andries Visagie talks to Prof Louise Viljoen about her latest work and research
15 September
"From ASK via AA to VER[r]AS", Prof Ronel Foster

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Previ​ous lunch hour t​​​alks


5 October
Afrikaans Literature. Part Two. Prof Andries Visagie talks to Prof Jerzy Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań​) about his latest volume on Afrikaans literature
11 August
​"Moving into Afrikaans", Prof Mark Sanders (New York University)
​​23 June
“​Max Havelaar (1860): The structure and effect of Multatuli's anti-colonial novel”, Prof Jerzy Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań​)
24 February
A thirst for knowledge and application: Translation Studies in the Estonian academic landscape". Prof Ilse Feinauer talks to Prof Luc van Doorslaer (University of Tartu, Estonia)
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Four ​professors in Afrikaans and Dutch literature at the lunch hour talk on Thursday 23 June 2022

 (FLTR): Prof Andries Visagie (SU), Prof Jerzy Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University), ​​​Prof Louise Viljoen (SU, retired) and Prof Bernard Odendaal (PEN Afrikaans)


15 April​​
Marius Swart talks​ to Pieter Fourie about his debut novel, The heart is the size of a fist, and Marius's translation, ʼn Hart is so groot soos ʼn vuis
​13 May
Prof Rufus Gouws talks to former colleague Prof Leon de Stadler about the new, revised edition of the Tesourus van Afrikaans
​10 June
With Sybille: Sjarmante vriendin (1968) – a virtually unkown translation by the author Alba Bouwer – as a point of departure, Lizelle Smit and Danie Stander  discuss​ Bouwer, etiquette literature and 'charm' as a prescript for acceptable Afrikaner femininity in the 1960s
​21 October
“Wat gaan vir wat in WAT XVI”:​ Alet Cloete (senior co-editor) and Dr Gerda Odendaal (co-editor) of the WAT in conversation with prof Rufus Gouws​
​4 November
Prof Andries Visagie interviews Prof Jerzy Koch, extraordinary professor in literature at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch and head of the Department of Dutch and South African Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
​11 November
Daryll David t​alks to Prof Harold Lesch about the bid to have Stellenbosch declared a UNESCO City of Literature


5 March
​"The false opposition theory versus practice ​in Translation", Prof Luc van Doorslaer, University of Tartu (Estonia)


18 April
"South African culture and society in the global sixties", Prof Geert Buelens (Utrecht University)
25 April
"Denver Breda and his vision for Khoekhoegowab en Afrikaans", Prof Andries Visagie talks to Denver Breda.
9 May
​"The importance of consecutive interpreting in the training of sign language interpreters", Prof Harold Lesch talks to Prof Myriam Vermeerbergen
16 May
"Teaching Khoekhoegowab", Dr Elbie Adendorff talks to Pedro Dausab about the prospects for teaching Khoekhoegowab.
29 August
"Digital language resources for Afrikaans", Benito Trollip talks to Prof Rufus Gouws about what SADiLaR can offer researchers​​
19 September
Charl-Lingefelder talks about the Afrikaans film Kanarie and his role as music and sound designer, and writer
3 October
Mercy Kannemeyer talks to Azille Coetzee about her remarkable debut In my vel
17 October
​Prof Andries Visagie talks to Alettie van den Heever about her debut novel, Stof


​29 March
"Language policy for multilingualism: The international agenda (2015-2030)", Prof Gilvan de Oliviera
​19 April
Valda Jansen talks to Prof Louise Viljoen about her new book Hy kom met die skoenlappers
​10 May
"Dramadoenig", upcoming theater makers Des-Lee Mckenzie, Du Toit Albertze and Igna Botha talk to S.Z. Minnaar of VER[r]AS about their work and the Afrikaans teatre landscape
​16 August
Dr Carolin Müller-Spitzer of Institut für Deutsche Sprache (Mannheim)​ talks to Prof Rufus Gouws about "Research into dictionary use"
​20 September
Annie Klopper talks to Ryan Pedro about her new book Die tragiese saak van Pamina Vermaak
​1 October
Henry Liu: “Translation, is this the right career for me? Will I have a job after I graduate? On ways to be the most sought after talent or translator”
​25 October
Marlene van Niekerk: Pro-vocation – poems and perceptions: politics and ethics.


16 February
"Variation in sign language", Dr Hanelle Fourie Blair (WAT) talks to Prof Myriam Vermeerbergen (KU Leuven)
6 April
"Walking with wildness: Dogs and what they can teach us about living on an endangered Earth" Prof Karla Armbruster (Webster University, St Louis, MO)
17 August
"The AWS, 100 years", Dr Frikkie Lombard (WAT)
31 August
S.Z. Minnaar of VER[r]AS talks to Fourie Botha about his new book Krap uit die
28 September
​"Poems on the paintings of Adriaen Coorte and Jan Mankes", Sonja Loots and Prof Marlene van Niekerk
19 October
Kila van der Starre talks to Remona Voges about "Poetry outside the page", the poetry duo Kila & Babsie and various other matters


18 February
"Terminology and cognition in assessment contexts", Prof Bassey Antia (UWC)
25 February
Tom Lanoye talks to Prof Andries Visagie about his work
7 April
​"Afrikaans: 1976 – 2016: Conversation with students"
14 April
"The role of translation in language planning", Prof Anthony Pym (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
22 September
"Human-animal studies in Afrikaans Literature", Dr Joan-Mari Barendse talks to Prof Andries Visagie about his interest in and research on the field of human-animal studies
Click here for an audio recording: Mens-dier-studie in die Afrikaanse literatuur
5 October
"Afrikaans in the virtual world: Technology and globalisation", Dr Jacques du Plessis (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) in conversation with Dr Elbie Adendorff


12 March
​"Different types of sign (language) usage", Prof Myriam Vermeerbergen (KU Leuven) talks to Dr Hanelle Fourie Blair (WAT)
23 April
"Sharpeville in South African literature and culture", Prof Geert Buelens (Utrecht University)
7 May
"Afrikaans: 90 years as official language", MA student Christel Swart talks to Ria Olivier of the Western Cape Language Committee
28 May
"Thinking ahead: Critical questions on language in higher education", Prof Mbulungeni Madiba (UCT) talks to Dr Gerda Odendaal and Marius Swart
23 July
Dr ​Willem Anker talks to Tertius Kapp, winner of the 2015 Hertzog Prize for Drama
3 September
​"The use of smartphones in second-language teaching", Prof Martina Nied Curcio (Rome University) in conversation with Prof Rufus Gouws
1 October
"Dutch-Afrikaans: Literary border traffic and Daniel Hugo as gatekeeper", Prof Yves T'Sjoen (Ghent University)


6 March
"Writer-translators: Georges Eekhoud (Belgium, 1854-1924) and André P. Brink (1935-)", Maud Gonne (KU Leuven) talks to Lelanie de Roubaix
10 April
"Kaar: Prof Marlene van Niekerk talks to Marius Swart about her new volume of poetry"
24 April
"Afrikaans: 100 years as a langauge of tuition", Dr Gerda O​dendaal in conversation with Eldridge Jason
15 May
"Marcel Breyne: Activist Germanist Afrikanist", Prof Geert Buelens (Utrecht University)
28 August
"Who, what, where and where to: The Worodfees and Words Open Worlds Project", Prof Dorothea van Zyl
25 September
"Gerrit Komrij's image formation in the early poetry of Breyten Breytenbach in the Netherlands", Prof Yves T'Sjoen (Ghent Universiteit)
9 October
"Simply imaginative or dramatically different? An investigation into Lauren Beukes's Zoo City  within the framework of heterotopic literature", Alettie van den Heever


"Educational interpreting in the Law Faculty: The impact on teaching and learning",  Carmen Brewis
23 May
"Regarding the writing process, historical novels, Coenraad de Buys and what have you", Dr Willem Anker in coversation with Dr Desmond Painter (Department of Psychology)
15 August
"Dictionary portals and the organisation of the lexicographic process", Prof Stefan Engelberg (Institut für Deutsche Sprache)
29 August
​Recent shifts in memories of the Second World War in the Netherlands and the work of WF Hermans", Prof Siegfried Huigen
19 September
"The presence of Breyten Breytenbach in the poetry of Rutger Kopland, Roland Jooris and others", Prof Yves T'Sjoen (Ghent University)
10 October
Behind the scenes of literary translation​: The short stories of Christiaan Bakkes in English", Dr Carla-Marié Spies