LECTURER Department of English Language and Literature FACULTY OF HUMANITIES – University of Capetown Town
The Department of English Language and Literature has an opening for a new position to be appointed from July
2020 or soon thereafter. We invite applications for appointment to a full-time, permanent (tenure track) position
at Lecturer level.
The English Department is home to a wide range of creative and critical engagements in literary and cultural
studies. Concerned with the global, the local and the decolonial, our curriculum centralises South African and
African literatures while remaining in constant dialogue with international intellectual traditions, asking what it
means to read canonical and world literatures from the South. The Department aims to deliver excellent, rich, and
supportive undergraduate teaching that is responsive to historical context, and to strengthen and diversify our
graduate programme. We also seek to strengthen our thriving research culture and to continue to build a profile as
a leading centre of South African, African, and diasporic literary and cultural studies.
For this new position, we seek in particular applicants with research and teaching expertise that will help the
Department to expand its competencies in global literary studies of the longue durée, deepening its historical and
geographical reach through a focus on literatures and archives from a range of centres of cultural production. We
seek candidates whose scholarship engages with current debates relating to migration, diaspora and
transnationalisms across a range of contexts. For example, we are especially interested in literatures from across
the Arabic, Maghreb and Mediterranean worlds, the Caribbean, Latin America, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean
world and East African littoral. We are interested in world literatures, including literatures in translation, and in a
range of representational forms, including visual literatures and signifying systems. We would welcome applicants
with expertise in critical theory and creative practice.
Candidates will be asked to identify primary and secondary teaching and research interests that speak to the
needs of the Department.
• A completed PhD Degree, or under exceptional circumstances a PhD that is soon to be completed, with
disciplinary experience in global literary studies and world literatures from the South, as outlined above,
and the theoretical and historical competencies to support the research.
• The ability to contribute to teaching across a broad range of literary and cultural studies in English, as well
as within identified areas of primary and secondary specializations.
Evidence of the following will be an advantage:
• A research and publication record.
• Experience of teaching at undergraduate level and, commensurate with level, experience of teaching and
supervision at postgraduate level.
• Experience of departmental administration/management, or management of projects, or tutor-team
• A strong willingness to contribute to strengthening support for students at both undergraduate and
postgraduate level, and to creating an intellectual climate in which research, teaching, and debate are able
• Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
• Supervision of Honours, MA and PhD dissertations.
• Contributing to the Department’s research and publication output.
• Contributing to departmental and faculty administration and leadership.
• Social responsiveness/public engagement.
The annual remuneration package, including benefits, for 2020 is as follows:
• Lecturer : R 730 510
Appointment will take place in alignment with the Faculty’s expectations for performance at this rank.