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Grant Andrews

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I am a hardworking and driven lecturer and researcher currently permanently employed at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Education. My research and teaching specialisations are in gender and sexuality studies, decolonial theory in education, and queer African literature and film. I am the recipient of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship as well as the Thuthuka Research Grant (2020-2022) for a multi-year project on Queer Visualities in South Africa. I am committed to excellence in teaching, with student evaluations consistently in the top quartile of lecturers at my current university. I have a strong research profile with multiple publications per year in WoS/ ISI-indexed journals. I serve as the section editor (Southern African Literature in English) for the journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (Journal for Literature), which is indexed by WoS/ ISI and MLA. I have a monograph currently in press with UKZN Press titled Stories of Fathers, Stories of the Nation, which has been adapted from my PhD on South African literature that represents fatherhoods.





Ph.D., English Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2016

Concentrations: South African Literature, Gender Studies, Masculinities & History
Dissertation: Representations of Fatherhood and Paternal Narrative Power in South African English Literature
Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Hermann Wittenberg

M.A. (Cum Laude), English Studies, Stellenbosch University, 2010

Concentrations: Gender, Culture and Trauma in Literature

ThesisRepresentation and Identity in the wake of 9/11
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Shaun Viljoen 

B.A. Honours in English Studies (Cum Laude), Stellenbosch University, 2008

Concentrations: Teaching Theory, Cultural Studies, Modern Theory, Oceanic Passages and Creative Writing. Research report on Fatherhood in K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams (2001)

B.A. Humanities, Stellenbosch University, 2007

Courses: English Studies (Major), Philosophy (Major), Psychology, Sociology, French and Art History


Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, 2018-Present

Full-time lecturer and researcher at the Wits School of Education

·        Course coordinator, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Program, 2020

·        Course coordinator, English I (EDUC1276A/ EDUC1228), 2018 – 2019

·        Undergraduate courses taught (2018-2020): Media Studies, Critical Literacy (based on the work of Freire and Janks), Marginalised Stories and Identities (Film and short stories course focusing on teaching topics of race, gender and sexuality in texts), Academic Literacies.

·        Postgraduate courses taught (2018-2020): Research Design & Methods (B.Ed. Honours Level), Visual Literacy and the Role of Media in Education (B.Ed. Honours level)

Lecturer and Tutor, University of the Western Cape, 2012-2016

Part-time (sessional) lecturer and tutor, English Department

·         Lectured English for Educational Development (EED) 117 and 127 (Science), sharing responsibilities with co-lecturer and course coordinator Kenneth Goodman, 2014 - 2016

·         Lectured courses in EED 101 (Law), dealing with academic writing and reading skills to large lecture groups, 2014-2015

·         Course coordinator for EED 151 (Nursing), creating course content and overseeing student and tutor admin, 2012

·         Tutored English I courses to students with varying skill levels, with many students who spoke English as a second or third language, 2011 – 2016




Postdoctoral Fellow, Stellenbosch University, 2016-2017

Host: Dr Mathilda Slabbert, under the title “Textual and Visual Performativity of Queer Identities and Sexualities in South African Literary and Cultural Productions”. March 2016 – December 2017

3 academic articles and an encyclopedia entry were produced during this fellowship




Master’s Degree Research Supervision

1.       Student: Phumla Sekhonyane, M.Ed. project: “An Examination of Rhetorical Strategies used by South African Politicians.” Completed, Grad. December 2020. Student achieved 75% for her research report.

2.       Student: Ariela Berkman, M.Ed. proposal stage: “A Marxist and Critical Literacy Approach to the South African Education System.” Ongoing, Expected completion 2021.

3.       Student: Lwando Majikijela, MA: “Representations of black queer identities in South African film and visual cultures: Transgressive vulnerability as a mechanism for imagining and claiming space, visibility and freedom.” Ongoing, Expected completion 2021.

B.Ed. Honours Research Supervision

1.       Student: Nazeerah Mia, project: “Using film and literature to promote critical literacy in South African schools.” Passed, 2020.

2.       Student: Thabiso Mogane, project: “Dethroning the Okonkwo Spirit: Pedagogical Opportunities to Challenge Patriarchal Masculinities in English FET Prescribed Literature.” Passed with distinction, 2019.

3.       Student: Ariela Berkman, project: “Challenging Macbeth in South African Education: A Feminist Analysis of Pedagogical Approaches and the Pervasiveness of the Text in School and University Curricula.” Passed with distinction, 2019.

4.       Student: Filipa Mateus, project: “Addressing bullying behaviour in South African English classrooms: Perceptions and classroom practices of three high school English teachers.” Passed with distinction, 2018.




Sole-Authored Book

1.       Stories of Fathers, Stories of the Nation: Fatherhood and Paternal Power in South African Literature. University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) Press, In press. Publication: 2021.

Articles and essays in peer-reviewed professional journals

1.       “YouTube Queer Communities as Heterotopias: Space, Identity and ‘Realness’ in Queer South African Vlogs.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 33.1 (2020).

2.       “Queer Cyborgs in South African Speculative Fiction: Moxyland by Lauren Beukes and The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden”. Scrutiny2 (2020).

3.       “Teaching higher education courses on gender and sexuality in the wake of the Must Fall movements: Mutual disruption through the lens of critical pedagogy”. Education as Change 24 (2020).

4.       “The Multiliteracies Learning Environment as Decolonial Nexus: Designing for Decolonial Teaching in a Literacies Course at a South African University.” Scrutiny2 25.1 (2020). Co-Authors Ilse Fouché and Maria Prozesky.

5.       “The Broken Mirror: A Lacanian Psychoanalytic Perspective on John Trengove’s Film Inxeba (The Wound).” Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies 10.1 (2019): 1-13.

6.       “The Emergence of Black Queer Characters in Three Postapartheid Novels.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 56.2 (2019): 1-9.

7.       “The Queer Son and the Declining Patriarch in Post-Apartheid South African Literature: The Subversive Symbol of Water in Mark Behr’s Kings of the Water.” Journal of Literary Studies 35.2 (2019): 85-104.

8.       “The Boundaries of Desire and Intimacy in Post-Apartheid South African Queer Film: Oliver Hermanus’s Skoonheid”. Image & Text 31.1 (2018): 30-47.

Book Chapters

1.       “Queer Critical Literacies”. The Critical Literacy Handbook. Co-Author: Navan N. Govender. In press. Routledge, 2021.

2.       “Liminal Spaces & Conflicts of Culture in South African Queer Films: Inxeba [The Wound]” in ALT 36: African Literature Today 36 (2018).

Encyclopedia Entry

1.       “Moffie”, in Global Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Ed. Howard Chiang. (2019). Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Book and Film Reviews

1.       “Film review: Moffie is a harrowing meditation on white masculinity”. The Conversation Africa [online] (2020). URL:

2.       “Review: Submerged by Louis Wiid”. WritingThreeSixty 2.2 (2016): 58-64.

Manuscripts in Submission

1.       “South African Queer Sons Challenging the White Father’s Legacy: Forging New Afrikaner Male Identities in Etienne Kallos’s Die Stropers (The Harvesters)”. Submitted to Film Criticism.

2.       “Reimagining educational support in low-income, single-mother households: A feminist perspective on adolescents’ narratives of father involvement”. Submitted to Education as Change.

3.       “What Boys Need to Learn About Gender: South African Male Teachers’ Perspectives on Teaching Masculinity to High School Boys”. Submitted to Gender Studies. Co-Author: Malan van der Walt.

4.       “Pedagogical and decolonial affordances of group portfolio assessments for learning in South African universities.” Submitted to Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning. Co-Authors: Ilse Fouché, Laura Dison and Maria Prozesky.

Abstracts Accepted with Invitation for Submission

1.       “Developing Academic Identities as Gay Lecturers at South African Universities: Two Autoethnographic Narratives in Conversation”. Invitation to submit to Alternation journal special issue on academic identities. Co-Author Henry Nichols.

2.       “Queer critical literacies & initial teacher education: Transnational moments”. Invitation to submit to book project Gender Diversity in English Language Education: New Transnational Voices, under contract to Bloomsbury. Edited by Darío Luis Banegas & Navan Govender. Co-Author Navan Govender.




1.       University of the Witwatersrand “Press Pause” Emergency Remote Teaching Webinar Series, presented a paper titled “Possibilities for Critical Literacy in Large Group Online Teaching in South African Higher Education”, Online, 2020:

2.       Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa, presented a paper titled “Beyond the essay: Pedagogical and decolonial affordances of group assessment in South African universities”, Rhodes University, 2019

3.       International Society for the Study of Gender and Love Conference, presented a paper titled “YouTube Queer Communities as Heterotopias: Reimagining Space, Identity and ‘Realness’ in Queer South African Vlogs”, September 2019

4.       London International Conference on Education, presented a paper titled “Teaching gender and sexuality courses in initial teacher education: moments of mutual disruption through the lens of critical pedagogy”, December 2018

5.       South African Psychoanalytic Conference, presented a paper titled “The Broken Mirror: Subject and Image Tensions Surrounding John Trengove’s Film Inxeba”, October 2018.

6.       Panel at the African Literature Association Conference at Yale University, New Haven, presenting a paper titled “Race and the Boundaries of Desire in South African Queer Film: Oliver Hermanus’ Skoonheid”, 2017

7.       University of Stellenbosch seminar series, presented a paper titled “The Queer Son and the Declining Patriarch: Water as a Symbol of Change and Disruption in Mark Behr's Kings of the Water”, 2016

8.       University of the Western Cape English Department Conference, Place & Imagination, presented a paper titled: “Shifting Paternal Narratives in South African Fiction”, 2015




1.       National Research Foundation Thuthuka Grant for 3-year research project, to the value of ZAR436,393.00, 2020 - 2022

2.       National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Grant for converting PhD thesis into a monograph, 2019

3.       Early Career Academic Development Grant, to the value of ZAR20,000 for research development and training, 2018



1.       Awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, involving extensive training in the four cornerstones: leadership, reconciliation, entrepreneurship and education, 2010

2.       Recipient of the Babette Taute Scholarship for excellence in English Studies, 2008



1.       International Society for the Study of Gender and Love (2019 – Present)

2.       African Literature Association (2017 – Present)

3.       Community of Mandela Rhodes Scholars (2010 – Present)



1.       Chair of the Website and Marketing Committee at the Wits School of Education, designing new marketing materials and coordinating updates and redesigns of the School’s website, 2018-present

2.       Member of the Transformation and Decolonisation committee at the WSoE, working with a team to formulate a vision and mission around transformation and decolonisation, and engaging with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the voices of staff, students and the broader community are incorporated in transformation practices, 2019

3.       Member of the Literacies and Decoloniality Research Thrusts for joint research projects, 2019 – present.




1.       Primary researcher: Intersections of South African Queer Theory and Queer Visual Culture. 2020 – 2022. As funded by the National Research Foundation Thuthuka Grant to the value of ZAR436,393.

2.       Co-organiser and facilitator of research seminars in the Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures, University of the Witwatersrand, 2018-present



1.       Section editor (South African English Literature) for the journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, (2020 – Present). Website:

I have reviewed and edited a total of 8 articles in this role, making editorial decisions, contacting and assigning peer reviewers, and copyediting articles that were accepted for publication.




I review articles for a wide range of academic journals, including:

  •        Education as Change
  •        Gender Questions
  •        Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies
  •        Journal of Literary Studies
  •       NORMA (International Journal for Masculinity Studies)
  •       Tydskrif vir Letterkunde


In addition, I have reviewed a chapter for the following book:

·         The Handbook of Critical Literacies (Routledge, In press, 2021)



1.       Completed 2 reviews for researcher rating applications for the National Research Foundation (South Africa), 2016, 2020

2.       Completed assessment of research proposal (5-year research project proposal from an established professor) for National Research Foundation (South Africa), 2020




1.       Served as program reviewer and external examiner for the courses LCC 732 (Research Report) and LCC 729 (Gender and Literature, Honours Level), University of Pretoria, 2020

2.       Served as external examiner for examination and course EPS10A3 (Education Studies - English for the Primary School, 1st year course), University of Johannesburg, 2020

3.       Examined a PhD proposal for the Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, 2020, Area: Psychoanalysis and gender studies

4.       Examined an MA thesis at the University of the Western Cape English Department, 2019. Area: Education and literary studies.




1.       SafeZones@Wits ally, receiving training on counseling and referral for LGBTQI+ students at the University of the Witwatersrand and acting as a mentor and lay counselor, 2018 - Present

2.       Pink Umbrella and Spectrum groups facilitation: Co-facilitator of a series of workshops with queer or questioning at-risk men at Stellenbosch University, 2015 – 2017

3.       Served as mentor to a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, 2017

4.       Offer a range of free academic literacy and postgraduate readiness materials online at, 2016 - Present

5.       Trained as a lay counselor for those affected by spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), 2013

Served as a mentor to a student from a disadvantaged background from the community where I grew up as part of the Rachel’s Angels program, 2011 - 2012