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Staff Profile

Doctor Ruth Morgan

QualificationsBA(Sp&H Therapy), BAHons, MA, PhD
Phone 0117174224
Organisational Unit Sign Language

B rief Professional History

Ruth Morgan is a Lecturer in South African Sign Language and joined the University of the Witwatersrand in July 2010. She has worked in the field of signed languages and Deaf cultural studies for over twenty years. In the late 1980s, after completing her MA degree, she worked with a group of Deaf Namibians to compile a dictionary of Namibian Sign Language. After completing her PhD, she returned to South Africa where she did social research. Her postdoctoral research focused on working with a team of mostly Deaf people to collect and analyse the life stories of Deaf South Africans. She then worked for eight years in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ ) sector as the Director of the NGO Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action. Morgan's more recent life story work has focused on the intersection of Deaf, gay and HIV issues. She has also worked in teaching English to Deaf adults.

Teaching and Supervision

Ruth Morgan currently works on a 50% position. She teaches a course in Deaf culture at second year level, a course in sign language literature at third year level and a research course at Honours level. She supervises Honours and M.A. level students’ research projects.

Selected Publications

Morgan, R.Z. (2014). A narrative analysis of Deafhood in South Africa. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Volume 32, Issue 3. 255-266. Morgan, R., Marais, C., Wellbeloved, J.R (Eds). (2009). Trans: Transgender Life Stories from South Africa. Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd. Johannesburg, South Africa. Willemse, K., Morgan, R., & Meletse, J. (2009). Deaf, gay, HIV positive and proud: Narrating an alternative identity in post apartheid South Africa. Canadian Journal of African Studies, 43:1. Morgan, R., (Ed). (2008). Deaf Me Normal: Deaf South Africans tell their life stories. Pretoria: UNISA Press.