LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.
Paul Kruger, the Uitlander franchise and the English language newspapers in the South African Republic before 1895Academic research 2016-05-25
"Kruger’s thinking about full citizenship was rather simplistic. It made no provision for the possibility of Uitlanders’ becoming loyal citizens of the Republic."
Near-death experiences: a critical analysis of out-of-body perceptions during cardiac arrestAcademic research 2016-05-24
"At this stage the conclusion seems inevitable that NDEs during cardiac arrest do not confirm that consciousness can exist or function independently of an embodied brain."
The learning practice formation of high school learners in a rural working class townAcademic research 2016-05-17
"It is the way they built their commitments to their learning, via developing strategic identities and practices, in terms of which they were able to position themselves as productive learners in their community context."
Postapartheid as a wound culture within a pathological public sphere: Mark Gevisser’s Lost and Found in JohannesburgAcademic research 2016-05-11
"To enrich the reflexive play, Gevisser combines this visual evidence with his own, considered interpretation of the various data he offers up for inspection."
Interlingual and cross-cultural movement between Afrikaans and Dutch in Marlene van Niekerk’s volume of stories Die sneeuslaper [The snow sleeper] (2010)Academic research 2016-05-11
"This article explores the interlingual and cross-cultural movements between Afrikaans and Dutch in this volume, more specifically in “Die sneeuslaper”, the story that lends its title to the volume."
The end of transcendence in continental philosophy of religion?Academic research 2016-05-06
"Transcendence, or at least the search for it, is deeply embedded in human existence – whether biological, spiritual or both – and for this reason transcendence is continually being understood and interpreted anew."
The assessment of home languages in the South African National Senior Certificate examinations – ensuring fairness and increased credibilityAcademic research 2016-04-29
"Inasmuch as the curriculum and assessment standards may help to organise what should happen in the classroom, they provide no guarantee of contributing towards the quality of education and assessment practices, or of ensuring equivalence across different language examinations."
The aunt from the Netherlands as a liminal character in Etienne van Heerden’s Kikoejoe (1996) and 30 nagte in Amsterdam (2008)Academic research 2016-04-25
"I investigate whether Aunt Geertruida and Aunt Zan as liminal characters ever reach the postliminal phase or remain caught in the liminal phase."
The hadeda as liminal animal in Kaar by Marlene van NiekerkAcademic research 2016-04-20
"In this collection the interaction between humans and nature plays an important role, in that several poems deal with the intricate relationship between the poet as observer and a particular animal as the observed."
The claim for wrongful life: Can the law of delict accommodate such claims or is the common law extended beyond its limits?Academic research 2016-04-15
Wrongful life claims pose difficult ethical, moral and social questions. The law, and especially the law of delict, cannot shy away from these questions.
The impact of the Gothic on Afrikaans literature: an investigation into the existence of a distinctive Afrikaans Gothic by means of the Faust motifAcademic research 2016-04-05
"It is thus evident that a unique Afrikaans Gothic does exists, a distinct brand of Gothic that does not merely duplicate or imitate the European tradition, but is an original genre with its very own characteristics."
Delictual liability for an omission: wrongfulness and negligenceAcademic research 2016-03-29
"If the essential functions of these two delictual elements are kept in mind, namely, in the case of wrongfulness of and omission, whether there was a legal duty on the actor to prevent harm by positive conduct, and if so, in the case of negligence, whether the reasonable person would have foreseen damage and taken steps to prevent it, there can be no question of confusion."
Predestination and evangelical spiritualityAcademic research 2016-03-29
"In the end Murray had to admit that there was a logical contradiction between human responsibility and divine predestination that faith accepts even though the mind cannot resolve it."
(Ir-)Responsible filmmaking: The representation of farm murders in Darrell Roodt’s Treurgrond (2015)Academic research 2016-03-23
"The penultimate scene, together with the poem recital at the funeral, Steve Hofmeyr’s direct-to-camera stare and AfriForum’s advertisement before the credits not only simplifies the position of the white Afrikaner in South Africa, but also reveals the film’s political agenda."
Groupings in nominal relative constructions in the Greek New TestamentAcademic research 2016-03-17
"Only a few examples occur in the New Testament where a personal pronoun functions as head nominal of a relative construction."
The authorization required for a structural alteration of part of a section and the adjoining part of the common property in a sectional title schemeAcademic research 2016-03-09
"Non-luxurious improvements could be carried out only if authorised by a special resolution adopted at a general meeting. Likewise, the alteration of the portion of the wall and window inside the section was impermissible without the approval of the body corporate."
From opera to “politopera”? New developments in South African opera composition and receptionAcademic research 2016-03-07
"Opera composition in South Africa has been on the increase, especially since 2010. A general observable trend in these compositions is the connection, through dramatic and thematic material, to topics and concerns relevant to the current South African historical moment."
The securitisation of South African politics – a trend analysisAcademic research 2016-03-02
"It is clear that the next five years will be a crucial period in South African politics that will decisively influence the trajectory of the state. In this regard, the national and provincial elections of 2019 will be a key barometer, particularly in terms of the role that the national security establishment will play in its run-up and aftermath."
Adult students within higher education institutions: The portfolio development course as a preparatory mechanism for academic successAcademic research 2016-02-23
This article provides an older adult student perspective on the portfolio development component of the RPL process at one South African higher education institution.
Literary prestige: The case of Eleanor BakerAcademic research 2016-02-19
"Although the female perspective that Baker consistently applied is convincing, the typically "feminine" themes of homes and relationships most probably led directly to negative evaluations by male critics and were responsible for her marginalised position in the Afrikaans literary canon."