Critical Arts 33(4&5), 2019


Table of Contents

Rethinking Khoe and San Indigeneity, Language and Culture in South Africa

Guest Editors: Keyan G. Tomaselli & Julie Grant


Articles in Critical Arts 33(4&5) – 2019

These articles can be accessed via university libraries, and each author is provided with 50 free electronic offprints..



Reviewing the Topic: Literacy and Language amongst the KhoeSan

Michael Anthony WesselsKeyan G. Tomaselli & Julie Grant


KhoeSan Languages: Past to Present 


The First Afrikaans

Christo van Rensburg



Afrikaans on the Frontier: Two Early Afrikaans Dialects

Hans du Plessis & Julie Grant



The Khoisan Languages of Southern Africa: Facts, Theories and Confusions

Menán du Plessis



Contemporary Khoesan Languages of South Africa

Kerry Jones


Same but Different: The Struggle towards integrated societies 


The Language Question: Khoisan Linguicide and Epistemicide

Jeffrey Sehume



KhoeSan Identity and Language in South Africa: Articulations of Reclamation

Shanade Barnabas & Samukelisiwe Miya



Owning the Body, Embodying the Owner: Complexity and Discourses of Rights, Citizenship and Heritage of Southern African Bushmen

Luan Staphorst

Decolonising/Indigenising the Language of Research: Experiences with KhoeSan Peoples 


Methods of “Literacy” in Indigenising Research Education: Transformative Methods Used in the Kalahari

Lauren Dyll



One Made by Many: the Recording of Present-Day Kalahari Stories

Mary Elizabeth Lange



Language and Education: Photovoice Workshops and the !Xun and Khwe Bushmen

Julie Grant

Repurposing San Communicatory Practices to be meaningful in the Contemporary world 


Hip-hop and Decolonized Practices of Language Digitization among the Contemporary !Xun and Khwe Indigenous Youth of South Africa

Itunu Ayodeji Bodunrin



The Literacy of Tracking

Keyan G. Tomaselli & Julie Grant


Comments on Language, Education and Culture

Salesti Jack


Michael Wessels 1958–2018

José Manuel de Prada-Samper

Critical Arts: Aims and scope

From its inception, Critical Arts  examined the relationship between texts and contexts, cultural formations and popular forms of expression, mainly in the Third World, but after the 1994 transition in South Africa  Critical Arts repositioned itself in the South-North  and  East-West nexus focusing on developing transdisciplinary epistemologies. Critical Arts ‘ authors are Africans debating Africa with the rest; and the rest debating Africa and the South and with each other. 


The journal is rigorously peer reviewed, via ScholarONE Manuscripts, and aims to shape theory on the topics it covers.  Cutting edge theorisation (supported by empirical evidence) rather than the reporting of formulaic case studies are preferred.  Submissions are sought from both established and new researchers, and recent topics have included political economy of the media, political communication, intellectual property rights, visual anthropology and indigeneity,  the ethnographic turn in art, the Humanities Reloaded, and of course cultural studies. Submissions should aim to restore the vision of earlier theorists and historians, for whom ‘culture’ was a kind of synthesis arising from the contradictions between human society and the politics of nations. Under the pressures of globalization, this kind of understanding becomes more relevant at every turn. Critical Arts seeks to profile those approaches to issues that are amenable to a cultural studies-derived intervention, on the basis that ‘culture’ is a marker of deeper continuities than the immediate conflicts under the fire of which so many must somehow live their lives.


Editor-in-Chief: Keyan Tomaselli –

Managing Editor: David Nothling –

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