Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

The manifestation of human-machine relationships in Afrikaans poetry (1990–2012): a quantitative and text-analytical perspective

Tanja Botha Academic research 2018-05-24

"A notable shift from fear, paranoia and antagonism towards the representation of more moderate human-machine relationships takes place. The relationships are characterised by acceptance of the changes brought about by machines, but also include disappointment, disillusionment and a rational awareness of technological limits."

A South African perspective on the preparation of globally competent researchers

Ewelina Niemczyk, JP Rossouw Academic research 2018-05-24

"Higher education institutions play a vital role in preparing future researchers able to meet globalised expectations for their future careers within and outside academia. It is important to realise, however, that the way research is being done and shared is continuously being transformed."

Who inspired the design of the Voortrekker Monument: Pharaoh or Abram?

Dolf Britz Academic research 2018-05-17

What, according to Moerdyk, enthused or kindled the original idea that eventually shaped and formatted this remarkable building?

The grammatical and lexical characteristics of selected Afrikaans poems

Lezandra Grundlingh Academic research 2018-05-10

"Although the characteristics that are identified in this study do not reflect the characteristics of all Afrikaans poetry as a whole or all Afrikaans poetry by male or female poets, it does offer insights into possible characteristics of Afrikaans poetry by male and female poets."

Responsible filmmaking: ethics and spectatorship through the lens of Michael Haneke’s Amour

Dian Weys Academic research 2018-05-02

"How does Haneke assume responsibility for both the representation of Anne’s suffering and his (invisible) audience and, by implication, make his audience responsible in return?"

Living in the rectory: The influence of church-provided housing on the retirement prospects of the Dutch Reformed Church minister

Liezel Alsemgeest Academic research 2018-04-19

"Apart from the general concern with regard to retirement, there are several factors which are unique to the situation of the minister, like the possible loss of identity and status, the shift from the pulpit to the pew and the concept that the ministry is not only a job, but a calling."

An analysis of legislation and existing programmes and services for street children in South Africa

Elzahne Simeon, Alida Herbst, Herman Strydom Academic research 2018-04-12

"Cooperation between all the organisations involved in working with street children is not always coordinated and streamlined, which hinders the endeavours towards the best interest of street children."

Self, religion and homeostasis: A neurotheoretical exploration of early Buddhism

Sandra Troskie Academic research 2018-04-11

"The history of early Buddhism provides historical support for the structural relationship the cognitive neurosciences have identified between the self, religion and homeostasis."

The South African legal framework applicable to the production and sale of raw milk intended for direct consumption purposes

Anél Gildenhuys, Tlapeng Tabane Academic research 2018-04-05

"There is a growing trend worldwide among consumers to prefer 'natural products' like raw milk due to their alleged health benefits. It is argued that the heat applied to milk during the treatment process destroys its nutritional quality and health benefits."

The application of a communicative model for text analysis in order to create an aesthetic translation of St John of the Cross’s poem "Noche oscura"

Dietloff van der Berg Academic research 2018-03-28

"The view is held that a basic communicative model for text analysis is essential for translating. It should be a top-down approach, i.e. starting from the whole text working down to the smallest element."

Support strategies for behavioural competency of foundation phase learners with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Ronel Wiese, Linda Bosman, Judy van Heerden, Ina Joubert Academic research 2018-03-27

"Teachers can implement suitable support strategies identified in this study in their teaching methods and initiate programmes at their schools to support competent behaviour of learners with ADHD."

Literature and law in the medieval epic Vanden vos Reynaerde with specific reference to the South African legal system

Jan Stander, Nerina Bosman Academic research 2018-03-22

"What similarities and differences can be pointed out between the court proceedings in the Reynard epic and aspects of the modern South African legal system?"

Gender construction of female protagonists in recent Afrikaans youth novels

Isabella Geldenhuys, Johan Anker Academic research 2018-03-14

"While reading YAL the reader is confronted with implicit social, political and cultural norms, power structures, stereotypes and sexism which form part of their world and could have an influence in forming their identity and gender roles."

Andrew Murray and the debate on miracles

Vincent Brümmer Academic research 2018-03-08

"Murray defended the credibility of the biblical miracle narratives, whereas the modernists rejected it. This debate is interesting because of its implications not only for the nature of miracles but also for the nature of belief in miracles as well as the nature of religious belief in general."

Belief in witchcraft – a legitimate defence in the criminal court, or hocus-pocusing the law?

Rinda Botha Academic research 2018-03-01

"If belief in witchcraft were to lose its extenuating effect also, this would imply that the South African criminal justice system does not accommodate such a belief in any way, shape or form, which seems somewhat careless and ill-considered in an African context, where belief in witchcraft shows no sign of disappearing in the foreseeable future."

Adult basic education as an antidote for violence against women and children

Danie Kloppers, Geesje van den Berg Academic research 2018-03-01

"Turning to possible solutions to this epidemic of violence, the participants agreed that education is an important vehicle, although some also referred to more severe punishment and a change in the social culture."

Albert Camus: Existentialism, the Afrikaans world, and the task of the connected intellectual

Pieter Duvenage Academic research 2018-02-27

"Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a thinker whose thinking is still haunting and troubling us. In this contribution the focus is not only on his international career, but his thinking is also contextualised with reference to the Afrikaans and South African world."

The Lacanian Real and horror films: The commodification of the Real? Some notes on the “torture porn” genre

Cilliers van den Berg Academic research 2018-02-22

"As one of the most important flagships of the torture porn genre, and despite its very low critical appreciation, the Saw film franchise still managed to garner huge amounts of income at the box office, showing the divergence between critical and popular opinion."

The Lacanian Real and horror films: Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2014)

Cilliers van den Berg Academic research 2018-02-22

"If the Real can be consciously used in this genre as a way to prompt certain responses of fear or disgust from viewers, does this not mean that the Real becomes nothing more than a codified element of horror films which is subsequently exploited as a genre commodity?"

Morality and controversial matters in youth literature: a perspective on Onderwêreld by Fanie Viljoen

Elize Vos Academic research 2018-02-13

"Teachers should raise intellectual discussions and debates with the learners on these matters in the controlled classroom environment. The therapeutic value hidden in this type of youth literature is enhanced by discussing the causes and consequences of, and possible solutions to, such matters."