Stephanie Cawood

Stephanie Cawood is Senior Lecturer in and Programme Director of the postgraduate Africa Studies programme in the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State. She is trained in communication science and her major fields of specialization include media studies and oral communication, which covers both the rhetorical and oral traditions with a particular contextual interest on African dynamics whether political, social, cultural or epistemic. In 2011, she obtained her PhD in Communication Science with her thesis titled, The Rhetorical Imprint of Nelson Mandela as Reflected in Public Speeches (1950 – 2004). She also successfully led a multi-disciplinary research project from 2008 to 2010 funded by the National Heritage Council titled, Oral Histories and the Cultural Uses of Clay at Sacred Sites in the Free State. Stephanie teaches in both the postgraduate Africa Studies and Gender Studies programmes and is involved in the supervision of postgraduate students. In 2013, she spent a month at the University of Bologna as part of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 mobility programme of the Europe and South Africa Partnership for Human Development (EUROSA) project. She was a visiting research fellow at the ASCL from April to June 2016. In 2016, she was also awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the British Academy in collaboration with Dr Jonathan Fisher from the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham to pursue a research project on the memorializing of struggle and the dynamics of memory, space and power in post-liberation South Africa and Uganda.

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Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State
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