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Ton and Anet Vosloo Chair

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Ton en Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans Language Practice

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.  Afrikaans language practice is being researched here and in this way Afrikaans is enhanced as language of science. This does not happen in isolation within an Afrikaans enclave, but rather within a multilingual and multicultural environment. Students are also trained in English, isiXhosa, Dutch, German, French and Chinese. 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 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. 

​Incumbent of the Chair: Professor Ilse Feinauer

For Research Profile click here​.

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Dr Danie Stander: A postdoc standard bearer

Dr 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

The 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.

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  • 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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2021 Bursaries:

New Honours Bursaries​​ 2021​​

From left to right: Eleanor Basson (Afrikaans and Dutch), Allison Matroos (Afrikaans and Dutch), Ella van Rensburg (Translation) en Mareli Swart (Translation).


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


Photograph was taken at the launch of the Ton en Anet Vosloo Chair in Afrikaans  Language Practice (2020):​


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

(Photo credit: Henk Oets)

2020 Bursaries:​​

​​​​Honours
Natasha
Harmse
Asambese
​Mkumtela
​Lynn-Mari
​Solomon
​Marlize
​Ter Borg
MA
Francé
​Muller
​Hennely
​Nell
​Kanja 
​van der Merwe
​PhD
​Annie
​Burger
​Dalene
​Vermeulen
Postdoctoral​​
Danie
​Stander





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