Emeritus Professor Ian Glenn

Professor: Centre for Film and Media Studies
Analysis and production of Environmental and Wildlife Documentary
Ian Glenn


Professor Ian Glenn is Professor of Media Studies. He studied at the Universities of Natal (Durban) where he did a BA in English and Politics and then an Honours in English, at the University of York in the UK where he did a B.Phil and then at the University of Pennsylvania for an MA and PhD. His particular research interests are media in the new South Africa, political communication, audience studies, media technologies and the literature of exploration, and environmental media.

Recent Publications

  1. 2012: Ian Glenn and Robert Mattes, “Political Communication in Post-apartheid South Africa.” In The Sage Handbook of Political Communication, eds. Holli Semetko and Margaret Scammell. Sage, London, 494-507.
  2. 2012: Chapter 8. “Eighteenth-century natural history, travel writing and South African literary historiography.” In David Attwell and Derek Attridge, ed., The Cambridge History of South African Literature. CUP, Cambridge, 158-84.
  3. 2011: Ian Glenn and Robert Mattes: Political Communication in Post-Apartheid South Africa. CSSR Working Paper 299. See http://cssr.uct.ac.za/node/851
  4. 2011: “Betraying and Delivering: Filming Disgrace.” Ilha do desterro. No. 61, pp. 269-82.
  5. 2010: Martha Evans and Ian Glenn: “’TIA—This is Africa’: Afropessimism in Twenty-First-Century Narrative Film.” Black Camera: An International Film Journal. (New Series) Nov, 2:1, 14–35.
  6. 2010: “’Just proportionality’ and Social Significance: Rhetorics of Crime in the New South Africa.” Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai: Philosophia, 55:1, 23-38.
  7. 2010a: “The lost Bourdieu interview.” Critical Arts, 24:1, 31-50.
  8. 2009d: Jane Duncan and Ian Glenn: “Turning points in South African television policy and practice since 1990.” In Dumisani Moyo and Wallace Chuma, eds., Media Policy in a Changing South Africa: Critical reflections on media reforms in the global age, 39-72.
  9. 2009c: “Levaillant’s Bird Books and the origin of a genre.” AlterNation.16:2, 91-101.
  10. 2009b: “Gone for good – Coetzee’s Disgrace.” English in Africa, 36:2, 79-98.
  11. 2009a: Catherine Reece and Ian Glenn: “The digital divide and the knowledge gap in South African Internet usage.” Communitas 14: 17-26.
  12. 2008: “Film viewing in South Africa in 2007: Some vexed questions.” Communitas 13: 1-15.
  13. 2008: “The watchdog that never barked.” Rhodes Journalism Review 28, 18-20.
  14. 2008: “Media and the environment.” In P. J. Fourie, ed. Media Studies Volume 2: Policy, Management and Media Representation. Juta: Cape Town:, 2008, 359-378.
  15. 2008: Ian Glenn and Angie Knaggs. “Field Theory and Tabloids. ” In Hadland et al, eds. Power, politics and identity in South African media. HSRC Press: Cape Town, 104-23.
  16. 2008: “Cryptic Rhetoric: The ANC and Anti-Americanization.” Safundi, 9:1, 69-79.
  17. 2007: François Le Vaillant’s Travels into the Interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope, Volume 1, Translated and edited by Ian Glenn, with the assistance of Catherine Lauga Du Plessis and Ian Farlam (Van Riebeeck Society, Cape Town, 2007).
  18. 2007: “Francois Levaillant and the mapping of Southern Africa.” Alternation 14:2, 25-39.
  19. 2007: “Classical black.” English in Africa, 34:2, 19-33.
  20. 2007: “Sex, Race and Casting in South African Cinema.” In Martin Botha, ed. Marginal Lives & Painful Pasts: South African Cinema after Apartheid. Genugtig: Parklands, 344-57.
  21. 2006: “Censoring Mandela.” In Conradie, D.P. et al (eds.) Communication Science in South Africa: Contemporary Issues. Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the South African Communication Association. Juta: Cape Town, 178-87.
  22. 2006: “Racial news? How did SABC 1 Nguni news and SABC3 English news cover Zimbabwe in 2004?” In Conradie, D.P. et al (eds.) Communication Science in South Africa: Contemporary Issues. Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Conference of the South African Communication Association. Juta: Cape Town, 136-49.
  23. 2006: Ian Glenn & Ed Rybicki, “Douglas Livingstone’s two cultures.” Current Writing, 18(1), 78-89.
  24. 2006: Ian Glenn, “Primate Time: Rousseau, Levaillant, Marais.” Current Writing,18 (1), 61-77.
  25. 2006: L. C. Rookmaaker, P.A. Morris, I.E. Glenn, P.J. Mundy, “The ornithological cabinet of Jean-Baptiste Bécoeur and the secret of the arsenical soap.” Archives of Natural History, 33:1 (April), 146-58.
  26. 2006: “Begging, borrowing, stealing: The context for media plagiarism in twenty-first century South Africa.” Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural Studies, 20: 1, 122-31.
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2842
Email: ian.glenn@uct.ac.za
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