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How to read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

RelocationsAs part of the Great Texts/Big Questions public lecture series in 2010, Imraan Coovadia gave a talk titled “How to read Lolita”.

The Gordon Institute for the Performing and Creative Arts lecture series gave audiences a chance to engage with transformative texts and questions and to hear thought leaders speak on the ideas, the books, the art, and the films that matter to them and to us.

The talks have now been collected into a book: Relocations: Reading Culture in South Africa, edited by Cóilín Parsons, Coovadia and Alexandra Dodd.

Coovadia is an academic, essayist and the author of the novels The Wedding, Green-Eyed Thieves, High Low In-between, The Institute For Taxi Poetry and Tales Of The Metric System.

Watch a video recording of his talk:

GT/BQ 2010 – Imraan Coovadia – Lolita – 1 April 2010 from GIPCA@UCT on Vimeo.

Listen to the audio:

About the lecture:

Written by Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita was first published in Paris in 1955. It is one of the best-known and most controversial books of 20th Century literature. Coovadia says: “I’ll be talking about the Lolita problem. How do we respond to a book which is a first person narrative by a man who is trying to seduce a 12 year old girl after marrying her mother? Nabokov promises us readers “bliss”? Well, what sort of bliss? Is there a “lesson” in reading Lolita and why has Nabokov described it as the most moral of his novels?”

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Rape in South Africa: Why the system is failing women

Rape UnresolvedDee Smythe, University of Cape Town

About 150 women report being raped to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases. In this edited extract from her new book, Rape Unresolved: Policing Sexual Offences in South Africa, Dee Smythe explores why this is the case.

One story

It is a warm Friday evening in Masiphumelele, a settlement in the far south of Cape Town. On her way home from work, Tandazwa Mpofu (not her real name) stops off for a quick drink at a shebeen, one of the tens of thousands of vibrant, informal (and often illegal) drinking establishments found across the country. She phones her sister to join her, but she’s still at work.

At the shebeen she takes a chair outside – it is summer, still light, and already getting hot and stuffy inside. A woman invites her to join their table. She introduces Tandazwa to a man she says is her father. An hour or so later, when Tandazwa says goodbye, they offer her a lift home. The car is distinctive: souped up in a backyard, painted red, with black racing car stripes down the sides.

After dropping off his “daughter” the man takes Tandazwa to a quiet road, where he rapes her at knife point and throws her out of the car. Naked, she finds her way to the house of a friend, who gives her clothes and takes her to the police station. She can identify the car and is certain she can identify the man who raped her. There were many other people at the shebeen who saw them together. She can identify the man’s “daughter”.

One month later, the only entry in the police docket is a short summary of the facts, written by the detective, with the following phrase underlined in red:

… he bought beers for the victim …

Nothing else has been done to pursue the investigation. The docket goes to the Detective Commander for inspection. Obviously angry, he writes in the investigation diary:

Your investigation or the lack thereof comes down to severe negligence on your part. This docket must receive the attention it deserves. Why was no crime kit completed? Do it NOW!

That same day the detective goes to the victim’s house and obtains the following withdrawal statement from her:

I have spoken to the investigating officer about the case, but I cannot answer any of his questions. That is, who is the man who raped me, who was sitting at the table [in the shebeen], and also where it happened. I can therefore provide no information to take this investigation forward. I also told my mother this. I therefore feel like I don’t want to continue with the matter.

The case is closed, marked:

… withdrawn complainant.


A quote from former Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros:

On a Friday and Saturday you have long queues of people reporting crimes against women and children, and then on Monday you have a long queue of people wanting to withdraw these cases … I am concerned as the Commissioner of Police about the conviction rate of these cases … If I have a 1% conviction rate, I have to be concerned about it.

For a range of reasons, attrition happens in the criminal justice system, so that not all reported cases are prosecuted and not all prosecuted cases result in conviction. But the view expressed by the provincial Police Commissioner and the experience of Tandazwa Mpofu reflect two very different perspectives on attrition.

In both instances – the woman who withdraws her complaint on Monday morning because she has sobered up or reconciled with the perpetrator, and the woman who withdraws her complaint because of police incompetence and apathy – the official outcome written on the docket and captured in police statistics is the same: “withdrawn complainant”. But the locus of responsibility for that decision and the degree of agency exercised by the victims differ markedly.

While attrition is to be expected in any functional criminal justice system, it occurs in an institutional context that is shot through with discretion. One scholar has gone so far as to suggest that

… (w)hat we call the criminal justice “system” is nothing more than the sum total of a series of discretionary decisions by innumerable officials.

The actions of criminal justice actors and the decisions they make are a crucial part of the attrition story.

The police decide whether to open a case, whether they will investigate it, and how much effort they will put into accumulating evidence and finding the perpetrator. It is their choice (whether they recognise it as such or not) to encourage a complainant in her efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice or to acquiesce in her withdrawal from the justice system. The police decide whether a case should be referred to the prosecution.

Prosecutors decide how to frame a particular set of facts as an offence – shaping a fit between what they can prove happened, and a set of elements that defines the conduct as criminal. They decide whether a case has sufficient merit to be taken to court, what evidence will be brought, who will be heard.

And ultimately, a judge decides whether the state will provide redress.

Throughout this process, manifested at key decision points, cases leave the criminal justice system. In this way criminal justice actors have the power to select those whom the state will protect, who will be put on trial, and who will obtain justice.

Stereotypes of what constitutes rape

Scholars studying attrition in rape cases generally explain the low rate of reporting and conviction in these cases by pointing to the stereotypical views held by criminal justice actors about what constitutes a sexual offence, and who can validly claim to have been victimised.

They argue that these beliefs have become scripted into criminal justice practice, with the result that the cases filtered out of the system are not those that are intrinsically weak, but rather those that offend the normative assumptions of decision-makers.

There is empirical support for this contention. Studies conducted over the last 40 years have shown that the closer the fit between the facts of the rape reported and the decision-maker’s conception of what constitutes “rape” (as opposed to “bad” or even “normal” sex), the more likely it is that the case will proceed successfully through the system.

On this account, “violent” rapes committed by predatory “strangers” against “respectable” (for which read white, middle-class, married or virginal) women, who are injured while resisting, have become the paradigm cases against which all rape reports are measured in the criminal justice system.

Complainants who are perceived to have precipitated their own victimisation, whether through their conduct or their relationship to the perpetrator, are at a particular disadvantage.

Being drunk (or accepting a drink from the alleged perpetrator), hitchhiking, flirting or selling sex all diminish a complainant’s credibility and the validity of her claim on the criminal justice system, even where there is evidence that the accompanying sexual acts were coerced.

Despite evidence that intimate-partner rapes are among the most violent manifestations of sexual violence, until relatively recently most jurisdictions have regarded marital rape as a contradiction in terms, and provided little protection to women who are raped by their husbands.

The residual effects of centuries of prejudice linger tenaciously in criminal justice canons of sexual violence, relentlessly reproducing unjust outcomes, at the same time as they produce our very conceptions of sex and sexuality. Cultural beliefs about women and sex, and the notion that what women really want – what they find romantic or erotic – is to be overwhelmed by male sexual aggression, infuse “common sense” social and legal opinion, often leaving victims of rape without recourse or protection.

Numerous studies have unmasked examples of misogynist stereotyping within police ranks, with experts suggesting that the institutional character of policing, with its own peculiar set of norms and stereotypes – machismo, cynicism and scepticism being not the least of these – makes the police particularly unsuited to dealing with victims of sexual violence.

Police’s story

The police tell a different story. At least, in South Africa they do. Theirs is a tale of unco-operative victims. It is the Police Commissioner’s indignant comment about long lines of complainants on a Friday and Saturday night waiting to report crimes of violence against women, and equally long lines on a Monday morning wanting to withdraw their complaints.

Police talk about complainants who cynically use the criminal justice system, fabricating or exaggerating rape complaints to further their own instrumental goals – of revenge or extortion, mostly – or to explain away their sexual misdemeanours.

The police argue that even when they are sympathetic and helpful, large numbers of victims withdraw valid complaints, refusing to cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of the aggressor. They say that an inordinate number of rape complaints received by them are false, and suggest that in certain communities this has become a common means of exacting revenge on male partners (past or present).

Furthermore, substantial numbers of rape complainants withdraw charges once they or their families have received financial compensation from the perpetrator.

And finally – to a lesser extent, although very much prevalent in specific areas – direct or indirect intimidation forces complainants to withdraw charges.

These police officers have been through many hours of sensitivity training. They can reel off the ten biggest rape myths, and they care about bringing rapists to justice; but they maintain that if complainants do not cooperate, there is little that can be done to pursue the case.

Their discontent runs along the following lines: investigating rape complaints is often a frustrating waste of time, and the effort required to investigate those cases needs to be weighed against other urgent organisational pressures and priorities, particularly in a resource-constrained environment such as South Africa. They argue that South Africa is fighting a “war on crime”, and the police are the vanguard. If rape victims are not serious about their own cases, they have only themselves to blame if they don’t get justice.

Some argue that complainants should not be allowed to withdraw their complaints at all; and that if they insist on doing so, or recant, they should be charged with defeating the ends of justice. The overarching claim is that it is complainants and not criminal justice actors or actions that are responsible for the closure of cases.

Victim recalcitrance and systematic failures

In the mid-1990s, the South African government responded to the pressing problem of sexual violence by making violence against women and children a strategic crime-prevention and policing priority.

Translation of this rhetorical commitment into effective programmatic interventions has never been fully achieved. Nonetheless, the commitment thereto is constantly reiterated in law and policy, and through the courts.

The stories I collected in my research reflect evidence of both victim recalcitrance and systemic failures. They cannot be neatly parsed. A picture unfolds of attrition as deriving from the complex interaction of individual, structural and systemic factors.

While it is likely that the factors identified in my research share similarities with those of other, more developed countries, it is also arguable that many of them – and the way in which they combine – are reflective of the social and institutional dynamics of a developing country, and even more specifically, of the transitional post-apartheid South African milieu.

Why the blame game is unhelpful

Simplistic accounts of uncooperative and prevaricating victims on the one hand, and unsympathetic misogynist cops on the other, do not take us any further towards understanding the dynamics of rape attrition.

If the police are correct in their estimation, we are dealing with tens of thousands of deceitful women who are placing an intolerable strain on the system and its very limited resources.

If women’s-rights activists are correct, the police remain deeply and irredeemably misogynist in culture and in practice. When nine out of ten reported cases are not prosecuted (and two out of three are not even referred to the prosecutor for a determination), we are faced with a massive systemic failure that needs to be understood. When the numbers are as substantial as they are in South Africa, the problem becomes urgent.

Understanding this phenomenon is therefore at the centre of identifying ways to strengthen and develop police and civil society interventions, and to effect meaningful access to justice for victims of sexual offences.

Rape Unresolved: Policing Sexual Offences in South Africa by Dee Smythe is published by Taschenbuch.

The Conversation

Dee Smythe, Professor in the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Ill health, poverty, housework: Olive Schreiner’s writerly struggle unpacked at the launch of From Man to Man

Finuala Dowling and Dorothy Driver


From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyOn a balmy evening early in February the full house that had gathered at Kalk Bay Books for the launch of the reissue of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only by Olive Schreiner, edited by Dorothy Driver, were taken on a historical journey of a vital literary conversation that had taken place in the area almost a century earlier.

Finuala Dowling joined Driver in a warm and wonderful conversation that held the audience captivated. She said had read From Man to Man twice, and reflected on the experience, saying, “As a common reader, the sense is of reading a great South African text that has somehow been mislaid by history.

“Because Schreiner is such a consummate depicter of landscape, offering glimpses of life here 100 years ago, when a walk to Rondebosch station meant one walked through the wood, this is so much a South African novel. Even when it leaves these shores and goes to London, she [Bertie] recalls the farm, and is every homesick South African.”

The novel is a universal story of the lifelong love between two sisters. “What I loved most about Dorothy’s very scholarly edition is the fact that the researched introduction, the appendixes, and the footnotes, give us a sense of the genesis of the book, of how it came to be, and Schreiner’s struggles as a writer.”

Dowling reflected on the obstacles Schreiner faced: ill health, poverty – and housework! “It’s such a relevant book,” she said. “In a letter Schreiner wrote to John X Merriman, dated 31 October, 1905, it could be any one of us writing today in February 2016: ‘South African politics are to me simply heartbreaking at the present time …’ We could send that to the Daily Maverick.”

Dorothy DriverDriver spoke of the relevance of the area that is Kalk Bay to the novel. “The story is about two sisters, one of whom, called Rebecca, is married to a man who is a philanderer. Her husband says he is going fishing in Simon’s Town. She has a funny feeling about that and decides to investigate. She drives to Muizenberg where she finds he is with another woman.”

Driver described the stirring scene where Rebecca sees the two of them sitting on a flat rock and realises the truth of the situation. At the end of the novel, she is with another man, Drummond, and she is in an entirely different relationship, one of “complimentary interaction” between male and female, husband and wife, in which there is absolute intellectual sharing and no power difference. “At the end of the novel, Kalk Bay is the scene for this extraordinary conversation in which Rebecca and Drummond share their ideas about creativity,” Driver said.

The conversation ranged across a number of intriguing topics, including why this novel is so little known, something of its publishing history and the importance of this particular edition.

All who were not present will enjoy the recording that was made of the session:



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‘The story leads me, not I it’ – Olive Schreiner on her writing process

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyThe letters of Olive Schreiner shed fascinating light on her writing process and what she thought of her work’s place in the world.

In a project that ran from ran from 2008 to 2012, Schreiner’s letters were collected and annotated online.

The Olive Schreiner Letters Project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom. About 4800 extant letters were collected.

An important aim of the Olive Schreiner Letters Project is to demonstrate the importance of Schreiner’s c4800 extant letters as an unparalleled but to date largely untapped source for better understanding Schreiner’s work, for investigating the borders between the social sciences and feminist social theory, and for promoting theorisation of the epistolarium in social science perspective. It is carrying out a research agenda analysing the Schreiner letters in-depth within a clear methodological and theoretical framework. Overarching concerns locate Schreiner’s changing writing over time in epistolary perspective, with analytical themes being explored …

Schreiner is best known for her youthful The Story of an African Farm, but From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only, the “new book” of her adult years, may well be her greatest achievement, although it remained unfinished on her death in 1920.

A new edition of From Man to Man was released recently, by UCT Press, which corrects the errors that marred previous editions and provides a different ending.

In a letter to Henry Havelock Ellis, British essayist and physician, in 1887, Schreiner writes about the novel and her writing process:

To Havelock Ellis.
Alassio, 18th Dec.

Am working hard. Never come back to myself sometimes for a couple of days and that is the only way in which work can be done. From Man to Man will be quite different from any other book that ever was written, whether good or bad I can’t say. I never think; the story leads me, not I it, and I guess it’s more likely to make an end of me than I am ever to make an end of it!

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A diary, a poem and a memoir: The Reb and the Rebel: Jewish Narratives in South Africa 1892-1913

The Reb and the RebelComing soon from UCT Press: The Reb and the Rebel: Jewish Narratives in South Africa 1892-1913, containing three previously unpublished autobiographical works:

The origin and development of the South African Jewish community is one small part of a vast and varied literature on the formation of 19th-century diasporic communities, worldwide. Records include ships’ passenger lists, transit placements, immigration papers, memoirs, reminiscences and letters home and abroad. However, unedited, unbowdlerised memoirs that purport to tell how it actually was are few and far between. Such are the manuscripts of two members of the Schrire family.

The Reb and the Rebel contains three previously unpublished autobiographical works mainly covering the period 1892-1913: a diary, a poem and a memoir. The first two were written by Yehuda Leib Schrire (1851-1912), and are set in a number of countries including Lithuania, Holland, England and South Africa. The third is by his son, Harry Nathan (1895-1980). Few of the early immigrants to South Africa were writers, let alone poets, and the social history provided in these documents embellishes and enlivens the picture of South African Jewish communities at the turn of the 20th century.

Neither was ever intended for wide distribution nor for the discipline of an editor’s pencil. Two manuscripts literally penned by Yehuda Leib Schrire, in pre-Ben Yehuda Hebrew, were intended as memoirs, reminders of his struggles to help his children understand his picaresque life. The account by his son Harry was written as a family memoir. Both writers chose their words carefully and neither script could be called hasty or even informal. Yehuda Leib transcribed his original diary into a neat, readable record and he embellished his epic poem with lavish scholarly allusions; Harry, on the other hand, deliberately wrote as he spoke, and with such intentionality that he forbade the transcriber to change the original in any way whatsoever.

The voices of these two men differ. One is a foreign immigrant and the other, a Cape-born native of South Africa. Threads of his European Talmudic learning are braided tightly into the travels of Yehuda Leib, while Harry’s words are studded with turn-of-the–century Cape Yiddish such as once echoed through the alleys and parlours of District Six. You might catch an indignant yowl as Yehuda Leib recalls his former colleagues, and sense his wife patting his arm as he stamps his stick. You might hear the rattle of tea cups as his wife Lily interrupts Harry’s recollections of the old gang commandeering the corner of Harrington and Commercial Streets almost a century ago. These manuscripts are the stuff of which history is made. Their publication represents a labour of love by their editors, translators and donors.

See also: The local non-fiction to look forward to in 2016 (Jan – June)

… a vivid insight into the travails of new Jewish immigrants to South Africa, in particular, Johannesburg and Cape Town … the authors have produced a work that satisfies all scholarly criteria while being accessible to a wider public.

- Dr David Scher, Department of Historical Studies, University of the Western Cape

The original documents are worth their weight in gold. They are rich and so revealing of an important piece of Jewish history. I think that the project of exploring the histories of the places to which Jews immigrated and settled is one of tremendous value.

- Professor Hasia Diner, Professor of American Jewish History, New York University

About the editors

Carmel Schrire is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has directed archaeological excavations in South Africa, Australia and Poland, and has published widely on the impact of colonialism at the Cape.

Gwynne Schrire is the Deputy Director of the Cape branch of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies. She is an independent researcher who has published on numerous topics relating to the history of Jews in South Africa.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is akin to Black Lives Matter – former TRC national research director

Charles Villa-Vicencio

The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab SpringCharles Villa-Vicencio, co-editor of The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring: A Season of Rebirth?, recently addressed Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory & Reconciliation, where he shared on the experience of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The “teach-in” conference focused on a specific set of questions relating to the ongoing American debate around intolerance, slavery and reconciliation. These questions are equally relevant in the South African environment:

“How does a community go through a process, or deal with, a set of historical problems like the ones we [the US] are facing? Not just problems that are historical, but problems that have a legacy.”

Villa-Vicencio, a visiting professor in the Conflict Resolution Programme at Georgetown University, followed presentations on Georgetown’s history where these issues are concerned and an overview of Brown University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.

Speaking from a place of expertise in matters related to transitional justice and reconciliation, Villa-Vicencio presents a fascinating lecture entitled “Reflections on South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission”. From 1996 to 1998 he played a central role in the TRC, as national research director.

Here are some highlights from his speech:

We [the TRC] discovered that memory, and the sharing of memory, became a first step in a dialogue between victims and perpetrators. Now let me change that: between slaves, ans slave owners, because effectively that’s what apartheid was in South Africa.

It initiated a dialogue, a dialogue that continues and that has not transformed the nation, but has began a process of learning to live together.

In South Africa, we initiated this three-year national memory and reconciliation process called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and we soon realised that the TRC was no cure-all. It wasn’t going to solve everything. It wasn’t a fairy godmother’s wand. It wasn’t the beginning of the Kingdom of God.

But it broke the silence. It broke the silence on personal and national suffering. In that sense, it is akin to to the unfinished slavery debate in your country. And it’s akin, if I may say so, to the Black Lives Matter process that is unfolding in your country, and I would hope that in investigating slavery, you will take the Black Lives Matter process very, very seriously.

We realised we couldn’t eliminate the past, because the past is something that is always present, but we could begin to deal with it.

Maybe we should talk about conciliation, rather than reconciliation, but we’ve got to find a way to look each other in the eye and talk about this terrible, terrible thing that is now behind us. We’ve got to learn to trust. We’ve got to learn to listen. We’ve got to learn to talk. We’ve got to learn to dialogue and in the process cobble together some sort of policy that will take us forward from the past into the future.

I’m suggesting that forgiveness, a wonderful thing, is not the most practical political option that we have. I think it’s reconciliation.

Politically, we don’t have to love one another. We don’t have to embrace one another. We don’t have to forgive one another. We’ve merely got to agree to sit down, stop killing one another and collectively together forge a new future.

Villa-Vicencio offers practical steps to achieving reconciliation and explains why co-existence “is not enough”. His presentation starts at 47:24, and he responds to audience questions towards the end of the recording. Watch the video:

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How Olive Schreiner’s husband ‘carelessly’ edited her lesser known novel From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyWatch Dorothy Driver’s Great Texts/Big Questions lecture on Olive Schreiner’s unfinished novel From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only.

The lecture was given in 2013. Driver, Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, is the editor of a new edition From Man to Man, which will be launched this evening (2 February) at Kalk Bay Books.

Schreiner herself said of the novel: “I love my new book so, a hundred times better than I ever loved An African Farm” – however, it remained unfinished when she died in 1920.

Driver says Schreiner’s husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright-Schreiner, edited the book after her death, “sometimes carelessly”, and added the subtitle “Or Perhaps Only”, possibly to hint at the its unfinished nature. The book was then published in 1926, with a final chapter added by Cronwright-Schreiner, which he said his wife had recounted to him.

The talk is part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Great Texts public lecture series:

Olive Schreiner’s various writings, both fictional and non-fictional, made an extraordinary contribution to late 19th and early 20th century feminism, not least in her increasing and groundbreaking interest in the social intersections of gender, race and class. Schreiner’s early reading in evolutionary biology, sociology and the Romantic tradition, coupled with her knowledge and observation of the South African past and present, gave a unique flavour to her fictional treatment of the condition of women, as well as her vision of a more productive, racially equitable and harmonious world unfettered by gender difference.

Watch the video:

GT/BQ 2013- Dorothy Driver from GIPCA@UCT on Vimeo.

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Presenting Growing the Next Generation of Researchers: A Handbook for Emerging Researchers and Their Mentors

Growing the Next Generation of ResearchersUCT Press is proud to present Growing the Next Generation of Researchers: A Handbook for Emerging Researchers and Their Mentors, edited by Lyn Holness:

This book arises out of the work of the Emerging Researcher Programme at the University of Cape Town and builds on the publication entitled The emerging researcher: Nurturing passion, developing skills, producing output, co-authored by John W de Gruchy and Lyn Holness (UCT Press: 2007).

Designed as a tool for emerging researchers and their mentors, this new volume provides strategies for research growth in areas such as understanding the relationship between teaching and research; obtaining higher degrees; producing peer-reviewed research output; generating and managing research funding; effective research planning; engaging in interdisciplinary research; and postgraduate supervision.

The book addresses three primary readerships. It speaks first to institutions, and the imperative for institutional support in promoting research among junior staff members, sometimes requiring a shift in mindset and a prioritising of resources in order to be competitive as higher education institutions on the national and global platform. Second, it addresses those responsible for the task of mentoring new, young or inexperienced academics in developing their research capacity and igniting enthusiasm. Third, it is directed to emerging researchers themselves, identifying the skills required to produce sustained, quality research, and discussing strategies to do so.

The book will have relevance for those across the spectrum denoted by the term “emerging” – from those new to academia to those whose development as researchers has for some reason been thwarted, and those who are approaching the stage of being recognised as established researchers. In response to the demand for the first book from researchers in the broader African context, the new book takes into account topics and challenges that are relevant across the sub-Saharan continent.

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Join Finuala Dowling and Dorothy Driver for the launch of From Man to Man by Olive Schreiner in Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay launch of From Man to Man

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyKalk Bay Books takes great pleasure in inviting you to a discussion around Olive Schreiner’s compelling book, From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only.

From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only was Schreiner’s “greatest achievement” which she loved “a hundred times better” than the book she is best known for, The Story of an African Farm. She is celebrated as the first South African-born novelist.

Read: Presenting a new edition of Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man – her “greatest achievement”

Poet and novelist Finuala Dowling will be chatting to Dorothy Driver, editor of this new edition, on Tuesday, 2 February at 5:30 for 6 PM.

See you there!

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  • Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6 PM
  • Venue: Kalk Bay Books
    124 Main Road
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  • Speakers: Dorothy Driver and Finuala Dowling
  • Refreshments: Wine and juices will be served
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If you can’t make it to this event, consider attending the launch at Clarke’s Bookshop in Cape Town on Wednesday, 27 January

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Join Dorothy Driver for the launch of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only by Olive Schreiner in Cape Town

Clarke's launch of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only

From Man to Man, or Perhaps OnlyUCT Press and Clarke’s Bookshop cordially invite you to the launch of From Man to Man, or Perhaps Only by Olive Schreiner.

Desirée Lewis will be talking to Dorothy Driver, editor of this new edition of Schreiner’s “greatest achievement”. She was the first South African-born novelist and is best known for The Story of an African Farm.

Read: Presenting a new edition of Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man – her ‘greatest achievement’

The launch takes place on Wednesday, 27 January at 5:30 for 6 PM at Clarke’s in the Cape Town city centre.

See you there!

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