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Staff supervision topics

Supervision topics

Associate Prof Lesley Marx

  • Adaptation (incl. novels, plays, history, biography and the city)
  • Girlhood
  • Actors and acting
  • Melodrama
  • Fantasy (incl. gothic and magical realism)

Dr Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk

  • South African film
  • Film and environment
  • Environmental documentary
  • Terrence Malick
  • Film Noir

Dr Martha Evans

  • Political transition and the media
  • The history of the media in South Africa
  • Live broadcasting and media events theory
  • The ethics of narrative literary journalism
  • Creative projects: Print journalism

Associate Prof Marion Walton

  • Children, youth and digital media;
  • Social and mobile media;
  • Game studies;
  • Search and algorithmic culture, political economy of new media;
  • ICT for development (education/literacy);
  • Creative projects: Web, mobile, social media mashups, data journalism

Preferred research methods
Ethnography, Discourse, Multimodal and/or visual analysis, Social network analysis

Criteria for potential students

  1. FAM2009S, FAM3007F & FAM3008S OR equivalent background (e.g. New Media training or programming experience, esp for Creative projects) OR
  2. Social media elective

Associate Prof Adam Haupt

  • Critical race theory & gender politics
  • Hip-hop
  • Counterculture & youth culture/s
  • Intellectual property rights, culture & technology
  • Critiques of corporate globalisation
  • Political economy of the media / social media

Associate Prof Martin Botha

  • South African/African cinema
  • Cinema and marginality
  • The representation of gays / lesbians in cinema
  • Queer Theory

Dr Tanja Bosch

  • Youth / children & identity
  • Radio studies
  • Community media
  • Media & conflict
  • Media and gender
  • Social media

Dr Alexia Smit

  • Postfeminist television
  • South African television
  • Transnational television
  • Theories of affect
  • Television narrative

Emeritus Prof Ian Glenn

  • Afropessimism in the media
  • Political advertising and political communication, with a particular focus on Southern Africa
  • Nature media, with a particular focus on wildlife documentaries
  • Trials and the media in South Africa

Prof Herman Wasserman

  • Media Ethics
  • Comparative journalism studies
  • Media in the BRICS countries (particular focus on China-Africa media relations)
  • Media and democratisation

Dr Musa Ndlovu

  • Media globalisation / regionalisation / internationalisation
  • Youth and news media
  • South African media and public sphere
  • Political communication (journalism, marketing and branding)

Dr Wallace Chuma

  • Media policy and media regulation
  • The politics of media framing and representation
  • Political communication
  • Political economy of the media in Africa