Stephanie Rudwick

Stephanie Rudwick

Stephanie Rudwick, PhDrudwick

Department of Mobility and Migration

ORCID: 0000-0001-6669-498X









Ethnicity, gender, identity politics, language and race politics, African diaspora, South Africa



2006 PhD Linguistics, University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, South Africa

2001 Mgr. Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany




Rudwick, S. (2021). The Ambiguity of English as a Lingua Franca: Politics of Language and Race in South Africa. London/New York: Routledge.


Journal Articles

Rudwick, Stephanie, Sijadu Zameka, Irina Turner. (2021). Politics of Language in Covid-19: Multilingual Perspectives from South Africa. Politikon 48(2), 242-259.

Rudwick, S. and S. Makoni (2021). Southernizing and decolonising the Sociology of Language: African scholarship matters. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 167/169, 159-163.

Jeewa, S. And S. Rudwick (2020). “English is the best way to communicate”: South African Indian Students’ bling spot towards the relevance of Zulu. Sociolinguistica 34(1), 155-171.

Posel, Dorrit, Mark Hunter and Stephanie Rudwick. (2020) ‘Revisiting the Prevalence of English: Language Use Outside the Home in South Africa’, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2020.1778707

Rudwick, S. (2018) Language, Africanisation and Identity Politics in South African tertiary education. Language, Identity and Education 17(4), 255-269.

Rudwick, S. (2018). Englishes and Cosmopolitanisms in South Africa. Human Affairs 28(3), 417-428.

Rudwick, S. (2017). Compulsory African language learning at a South African Tertiary Institution. Language Problems and Language Planning 41(2),116-137.

Msibi, T. and S. Rudwick (2015). Intersections of two isiZulu genderlects and the construction of skesana identities. Stellenbosch Paper in Linguistics Plus 46, 51-66.

Rudwick, S. und D. Posel (2015). Zulu bridewealth (ilobolo) and womanhood in South Africa. Social Dynamics 41 (2), 289-306.

Rudwick S. and D. Posel (2014). Contemporary functions of ilobolo in urban South African Zulu society. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 32(1), 118-136.

Posel, D. and S. Rudwick (2014). Marriage and ilobolo in contemporary Zulu society. African Studies Review 57(2), 51-72.


Book chapters

Bangeni, B., Bangeni N. and S. Rudwick (2022). Begging for Authenticity: Language, Class and Race Politics in South Africa. In Antia, B. and S. Makoni (eds). Southernizing Sociolinguistics. Colonialism, Racism and Patriarchy in Language in the Global South. London/New York: Routledge.

Rudwick, S. (2022) Language Politics in Stellenbosch University. In Nekula, M., T. Sherman, and H. Zawiszova (eds), Interests and Power in Language Management, pp. 101-122. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Rudwick, S. (2021). Englishes and Cosmopolitanism in South Africa. In Hrubeš, M. and A. Kasanda (eds). Africa in a Multilateral World: Afropolitan Dilemmas. London/New York: Routledge.

Rudwick, S. (2018). The struggle to promote and African language at a South African university: A language management perspective. In L. Fairbrother, J. Nekvapil and M. Sloboda (eds) The Language Management Approach: Focus on Research Methodology, pp. 157-182. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, in print.

Rudwick S. (2016). Afrikaans and institutional identity: A South African university in the crossfire. In H. Horáková and K. Werkman (Eds). Knowledge production in and on Africa, pp. 127-150. Berlin: LIT Verlag.

Rudwick S. and T. Msibi (2016). Social and linguistic representations of South African same-sex relations. In E. Levon and R.B. Mendes (eds), Language, Sexuality and Power, pp. 39-59. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rudwick, S. (2015). To be or not to be ‘African’: Discursive race politics in a South African online forum. In M. Dedaic (ed.). Singing, Speaking, and Writing Politics. South African Political Discourse, 67-86. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Rudwick, S. (2014). Ethnolinguistic dynamics in two young democracies: A comparison of language stigmas. In H. Horáková and S. Rudwick (eds), Global Challenges and Local Reactions: Czech Republic and South Africa, 143-160. Lit Verlag.



2022 Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), PI of the project: Africans in the Czech Republic: Focus on Language and Race

2020 Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS)

Research Fellowship, Project: The Ambiguity of English as a Lingua Franca

2018 – 2020 South African National Research Foundation (NRF)

Co-PI of the project: Politics in Higher Education

2013 - 2018 German Research Foundation (DFG), Modul “Eigene Stelle”. Project: Language and Ethnicity in South African Higher Education

2010 - 2011 South African National Research Foundation (NRF), Post-doctoral

Grant: Marriage and Bridewealth in South Africa

2007 - 2009 University of KwaZulu-Natal, Internal post-doctoral Grant: Ethnicity and linguistic variety in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.


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