Mr Luan Staphorst
Research Assistant

Luan Staphorst is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2020-2021) and Abe Bailey Fellow (2019) who has been working as a Research Assistant in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation since February 2019. He is responsible for coordinating the NRF CUS project, and, together with Dr Bazirake, administrates the Chair’s research portfolio and network of research associates and honorary-, visiting-, and adjunct professors. He has a research MA (Philosophy) from the University of the Western Cape, his research MA (Linguistics) from Nelson Mandela University is under examination, and he is currently enrolled for a MSc (African Studies) at the University of Oxford.

Latest Publications:

1. |hu|huŋaŋ |ne e: ǂkakǝn au hi |enni |emm (Europeans are those who talk with the tip of their tongue): Colonialesque Knowledge, Attuned Thinking and the Bloody Body of Scholarship known as Bushman studies. Southern African Humanities, Vol. 34: 59-82. 2021.

2. Premonitions, Interpretations, and Explanations: reception of a 19th Century |xam-kum. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Vol. 58 (2): 103-17. 2021.

3. To tongue the body | to body the tongue: problematizing translation of African oral traditions. In: Palgrave Macmillan Handbook of African Oral Traditions and Folklore. Eds A. Akinyemi & T. Falola. New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 551-73. 2021.

4.         Book review: The Tough Alchemy of Ben Okri, by Rosemary Alice Gray. English Academy Review: A Journal of English Studies, Vol. 38 (1): 93-6. 2021.


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