The Intellectualisation of African Languages

By Nosipho Mngomezulu , Mehita Iqani

What are the factors responsible for the low status and restricted roles for African languages in South African higher education institutions? Podcast host DR NOSIPHO MNGOMEZULU discusses key themes of decolonisation of higher education, African languages beyond orature, nationalism, young people’s linguistic creativity and the impact of evolving linguistic practices on and off-line on higher education with Associate Prof Brenda Mhlambi, Head of Department of African Languages at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The Academic Citizen (TAC) is an independent podcast series that is supported by the Academic Staff Association of Wits University (ASAWU). Established in April 2016, The Academic Citizen explores a diversity of topics and opinions relating to higher education in South Africa, today and into the future. Each episode welcomes a guest for an in-depth discussion of a particular issue relevant to university life today, including transformation in higher education, gender equity and virtual learning to name a few.

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Nosipho Mngomezulu

Nosipho holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University Currently Known as Rhodes University. Nosipho has taught “Community Engaged Learning” at the University Currently known as Rhodes University; “Communication for Social Change” at MICA (India); “Introduction to Critical Race Theory” at the Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town and Social Anthropology at the University of […]

Mehita Iqani

Mehita Iqani is Associate Professor in Media Studies at Wits. Her research explores the links between consumer culture and the media in the global south. She is a co-host of The Academic Citizen podcast.


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