Faculty of Humanities

Liesl van der Merwe

Liesl van der Merwe is an associate professor in the School of Music at the North-West University, South Africa. Her research interests lie in the fields of music and wellbeing, music and spirituality, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and lived musical experiences.

Cara Stacey

Cara Stacey is a South African musician, composer and musicologist. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhoyane). She holds a doctorate in African music, specifically looking at composition and innovation in the music of the makhoyane musical bow from eSwatini (University of Cape Town/SOAS).

Mirna Nel

Prof Mirna Nel is deputy dean for research in the Faculty of Humanities, North-West University (NWU), South Africa and a researcher in the Optentia Research Focus Area.

Sebastiaan Rothmann

Prof. Ian Rothmann’s research interest is the assessment and development of human potential and flourishing in institutions within multicultural contexts. After completing his PhD, he focused on burnout, stress, coping and suicide within multicultural organisational contexts.

Nina Brink

Nina Brink achieved a BA in Communication Studies, and BA Hons and MA in Afrikaans and Dutch at the North-West University's Potchefstroom campus. Her specific research focus is on Afrikaans children's first language acquisition. This is an underexplored theme in the field of Afrikaans linguistics. Nina works within the framework of functional/usage-based and cognitive linguistics, and also specialises in Afrikaans language editing. Her research forms part of the Subprogram: Descriptive Linguistics of the Research Unit for language and literature.

 

Natasha Ravyse

My research career started in 2012 when I completed my honours degree in literature and        published an article concerned with the immersive and repulsive effects in A Clockwork Orange, part of which involved my first encounter with fictional sub-cultural language entitled ‘Nadsat: The oscillation between reader immersion and repulsion’ .  I focus on sub-cultural languages and understanding their role and function in society by applying and reconceptualising traditional mainstream language theories.

Marita Heyns

Marita Heyns is a researcher in the Optentia Research Entity of the NWU. She has a PhD in Psychology and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) as academic background. Her interests generally reflect Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Scholarship related topics. She has a particular interest in the development of models for interpersonal- and organizational trust within workplace contexts characterised by transition and uncertainty. Through her research, she strives to promote pathways for individuals and organisations to flourish.

 

Gordon Matthew

In 2010, Gordon Matthew attained a BA-degree in Computational Linguistics at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus. In 2013, he attainted a MA-degree in Language and Literary Studies at the NWU’s Vanderbijlpark Campus, the thesis topic focusing on the development of a Dutch Named Entity Recogniser. Gordon is also part of the UPSET Research area and is part of a sub-area that focuses on Audio-Visual translation and Eye Tracking. Gordon is currently busy doing his PhD on different ways to determine and measure cognitive load while a person reads subtitles.

 

Ella Wehrmeyer

Dr Ella Wehrmeyer is a senior lecturer in Translation Studies at the School of Language Practice, University of the North West, Vanderbijlpark Campus in South Africa where she teaches translation theory, literary translation and interpreting studies. She holds a D. Litt. et Phil. from the University of South Africa, Pretoria. Her dissertation investigated sign language interpreting on television using questionnaires, focus groups, eye-tracking analysis and corpus analysis.