Mr Luan Staphorst
Research Assistant

Luan Staphorst has been a Research Assistant in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation since February 2019, after having lectured in the Department of Applied Language Studies from 2017 to 2018. He assists the Chair with research management, editorial support, the writing of funding proposals and research in Critical University Studies.

Luan is currently a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, and pursuing two Master’s degrees – an MA (Philosophy) at the University of the Western Cape and an MA (Applied Language Studies) at Nelson Mandela University – his research lies at the intersection of philosophy, literature and linguistics. From here, he explores new possibilities for concept-creation and thought-expressionism. His writing often takes on plural and varied formations, including the incorporation of translation and poetry as creative approaches to writing scholarly.

He has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, most on invitation. Two of his proudest achievements include having been invited to deliver a paper at the Nobel Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, part of the Nobel Prize Week Lectures, in 2013, as well as being invited to contribute a chapter to the Palgrave Handbook of African Folklore and Oral Traditions by Africanist philosopher and historian, Toyin Falola.