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​Visiting Research Professor: Liz Gunner

Bio: Liz Gunner has published widely in the field of African oral literature and on modern performance practice in southern Africa. Her PhD in African Languages and Literatures, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1984), and on Zulu Praising and Praises. Much of her work has explored question of language, change and identity in Zulu performative culture, within the broader regional African context. Her most recent work follows through her sustained interest in language and performance, and in some cases moves into new but linked domains, namely media and in particular radio as a site of key creativity and resilience in the African context.

Publications in 2018:

‘With Respect to Zulu’ Judith Irvine and Liz Gunner

‘Ecologies of Orality’ in The Cambridge Companion to World Literature eds Ben Etherington and Jarad Zimbler, Cambridge University Press.

Publications in 2019:

Radio Soundings. South Africa and the Black Modern. Wits University Press. Co-publisher: Cambridge University Press.