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UCT Research Report '11
Associate Professor Lesley Marx
African Cinema, British cinema, American Studies, the
interface between American and South African history and
culture, topics in film theory, genre and adaptation.
Dr Musa Ndlovu
Political communication and political marketing, youth
and news media studies.
Dr Ian Rijsdijk
Film and history, Terrence Malick, environment and film.
Distinguished Professor Philippe-Joseph
Multi-disciplinary research in public rhetoric, deliberative
democracy and argumentative culture.
Dr Ibrahim Saleh
Political communication and political marketing, youth and
news media studies
Dr Alexia Smit
Affect and visceral displays of the body on contemporary
British and American television. Television aesthetics
across a range of television genres and formats.
Dr Marion Walton
Literacy and access to technology in South Africa, and
on developing semiotic models that can explain user
experience of computer games and the Web.
Contact Details
Postal address: Centre for Film and Media Studies, Arts
Building Room 208, University Avenue, Rondebosch, 7701
Tel: +27 21 650 5159
Fax: +27 21 650 4828
UCT General enquiries: +27 21 650 9111
UCT web:
Centre for Rhetoric
Director: Philippe-Joseph Salazar,
Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric URC
Post-doctoral Fellow: Dr Sergio Alloggio
Centre Profile
The Centre was founded in 1995, as an academic
response to the establishment of democracy in South
Africa, and in the wake of a large international conference
on “Persuasion and Power” held in July 1994. The Centre
is unique on the Continent and concerns itself with
multi-disciplinary research in public rhetoric, deliberative
democracy and argumentative culture. Its pioneering
role is recognized by the
International Encyclopedia of
(Blackwell, 2008).
The Centre was awarded a 5-year endowment from the A
W Mellon Foundation to support its graduate recruitment
(Mellon-UCT Scholarships in Rhetoric Studies).
A detailed description of the Centre’s research activities
and publications (including the
African Yearbook of
) can be found on its dedicated Website: www.
Research output
Authored books
Chetty, L.-R. 2011. Imagining web 3.0. Woodstock, Cape
Town: Big Red. 154pp. ISBN 780620517157.
Salazar, Ph.-J. 2011. Paroles de Leaders. Décrypter le
Discours des Puissants. Paris: François Bourin Editeur.
296pp. ISBN 9782849412510.
Edited books
Salazar, Ph.-J., Michel, P. and Mihali, C. (eds) 2011.
Figures de l’État et Institutionnalisation du pouvoir. Cluj:
Idea Editura. 239pp. ISBN 9789737913951.
Salazar, Ph.-J. 2011. Under the Baobab. Essays to Honour
Stuart Saunders on his Eightieth Birthday. Cape Town:
AfricaRhetoric Publishing. 174 pp. ISSN 22202188.
Chapters in books
Bosch, T. 2011. Community radio continues to provide
an alternative. In G. Berger (ed.), Media in Africa: Twenty
Years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom,
pp. 93-94. Windhoek: Media Institute of Southern Africa
(MISA). ISBN 9780868104744.