Humanities News

NWU academics investigate why African language newspapers are unstable and unsustainable

Dr Tshepang Molale, an academic in the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Faculty of Humanities, recently published a chapter in the book Development, Economics and Management, investigating the instability and unsustainability of African language newspapers.

This chapter, co-authored…

NWU rewards exceptional lecturers

​The North-West University (NWU) celebrated the torchbearers of its teaching excellence during a virtual event. The best-of-the-best lecturers of 2020 were acknowledged for their work in taking teaching and learning to higher levels during the annual Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) ceremony, which was streamed online on 25 March. The NWU is…

New book highlights migrants’ mental health challenges

Horrific scenes of migrants who have perished on the high seas while in search of a better life is a too-familiar sight on television screens, online and in newspaper pages. Extreme hunger, repressive governments and ethnic and religious conflicts are cited as among the contributory factors for the crises. A North-West University (NWU) academic…

What an inspiration!

Dr. Marli Dercksen was recently honoured with a special Woman Inspiration award for her work in metabolic diseases by the Federation  of Afrikaans Cultural Societies (FAK). Lets find out more about this remarkable woman.

Tell us a bit about when you were born and where you grew up…

NWU designers shine once again in major competitions

Students and graduates of the NWU’s Graphic Design subject group have again dazzled with numerous wins and nominations in the recent international Loerie Awards and national Pendoring Awards. They have also excelled in various other competitions.

Their impressive creativity and skills have shone especially bright in…

Understanding consensual non-monogamy (swinging) from a South African perspective

While some people consider it a taboo, swinging - the act of allowing one’s partner to engage in sexual intercourse with other people - has been practised around the globe for decades.

A simple Google search gives thousands of results on the lifestyle, yet relatively little is known about swinging from a South African perspective.…

People solve problems, making anthropology the right place to be

The North-West University (NWU) Anthropology subject group is growing from strength to strength, and aims to make the NWU one of the top universities at which to study this field. 

“Recognising that the complicated problems of our society can only be solved with people, the subject group has embarked on a process of recurriculation…

Project on swearing produces scientific knowledge

“To my mind, the project has progressed exceptionally well. Not only have technology and infrastructure been established for sound research in the years ahead, but we have also gained a large number of registered users.”

These are the words of Prof Gerhard van Huyssteen, professor in Afrikaans and Dutch Linguistics at the North-West…

NWU academic advances environmental justice

Environmental justice, writes North-West University (NWU) senior lecturer and researcher Dr Kesolofetse Lefenya, entails social transformation directed towards meeting basic human needs and enhancing the quality of life, environmental protection and democracy.

Dr Lefenya writes that, despite the latter, South Africa is experiencing…

Social and linguistic shifts during the Covid-19 pandemic

The North-West University (NWU), in collaboration with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), hosted the third research webinar of a seven-part series on 20 August 2020.

With the theme “Language matters: Social and linguistic shifts during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic”, the webinar unpacked the impact of the…