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Alternation is a peer-reviewed, international journal which publishes interdisciplinary contributions in the fields of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa.

Prior to publication, each publication in Alternation is reviewed by at least two independent peer reviewers.

  • Alternation is indexed in The Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP) and reviewed in The African Book Publishing Record (ABPR).
  • Alternation is hosted on the UKZN (from 2012), OJS (from 2018), and EBSCO (from 2017) platforms.
  • Alternation is published every semester. In addition to these two annual publications, special editions may be published.
  • Alternation was accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training in 1996.

Print ISSN: 1023-1757

Electronic ISSN: 2519-5476

  • Editor in Chief: Johannes A. Srnit (UKZN)
  • Associate Editor: Nobuhle P. Hlongwa (UKZN)
  • Assistant Editor: Denzil Chetty (UNISA)
  • Assistant Editor: Beverly Vencatsamy (UKZN)

Alternation Editorial Committee (AEC)

Catherine Addison (UNIZUL); Nyna Amin (UKZN); Urmilla Bob (UKZN); Denzil Chetty (UNISA); Rubby Dhunpath (UKZN); Judith Lütge Coullie (UCanterbury); Brian Fulela (UKZN); Nobuhle Hlongwa (UKZN); Rembrandt Klopper (UKZN/ UNISA); Sadhana Manik (UKZN); Jabulani Mkhize (UFH); Nhlanhla Mkhize (UKZN); Sikhumbuzo Mngadi (UJ); Shane Moran (UFH); Thabo Msibi (UKZN); Maheshvari Naidu (UKZN); Thengani Harold Ngwenya (DUT); Johannes A. Smit (UKZN); Graham Stewart (DUT); Beverley Vencatsamy (UKZN).

Alternation Research Board (ARB)

Salim Akojee (Nottingham, UK); Robert Balfour (North-West University, SA); Lesiba Baloyi (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, SA); Jaco Beyers (Pretoria, SA); Stephen Bigger (Worcester, SA); Victor M.H. Borden (Indiana, USA); Vivienne Bozalek (UWC, SA); Renato Bulcao de Moraes (Paulista, Brazil); Ezra Chitando (Zimbabwe); Hamish Coates (Melbourne, Aus); Ampie Coetzee (UWC, SA); Scarlett Cornelissen (Stellenbosch, SA); Chats Devroop (UKZN, SA); Simon During (Melbourne, AUS); Farid Esack (UJ, SA); Noel Gough (La Trobe University, Aus); Rosalind I.J. Hackett (Tennessee, USA); Jeanne-Marie Jackson (Johns Hopkins, USA); Tony Jackson (Skyline College, Oakland, NZ); Russell H. Kaschula (Rhodes, SA); Langa Khumalo (UKZN; SA); Elmar Lehmann (Duisberg-Essen, Germany); Janine Lewis (Tshwane University of Technology, SA); Sam Lubbe (Milpark, SA); Sibusiso Masondo (UKZN, SA); Stephan Meyer (Basel, Switzerland); Suriamurthee Moonsamy Maistry (UKZN, SA); Pholoho Morojele (UKZN, SA); Herbert Moyo (UKZN, SA); Wade Nobles (San Francisco State, USA); Maurice Joseph Nutt (Xavier, University of Louisiana, USA); Francis B. Nyamnjoh (UCT, SA); Beatrice Okyere-Manu (UKZN, SA); Bert Olivier (Free State University, SA); Charles O’Neill (British University in Egypt); Vivian Ojong (UKZN, SA); Kriben Pillay (UKZN, SA); Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan (UKZN, SA); Julia Preece (DUT, SA); Geo Quinot (Stellenbosch, SA); Lesibana J. Rafapa (UNISA, SA); Auwais Rafudeen (UNISA, SA); Mogobe Ramose (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, SA); Erhard Reckwitz (Duisberg-Essen, Germany); Dan Remenyi (UWC/ Dublin); Cornelia Roux (Stellenbosch, SA); Hemduth Rugbeer (UNIZUL, SA); Michael Samuel (UKZN, SA); Federico Settler (UKZN, SA); Anand Singh (UKZN, SA); Lilian C. Siwila (UKZN, SA); Tholene Sodi (Limpopo, SA); Crain Soudien (HSRC, SA); Lesley Stainbank (UKZN/ DUT, SA); Kamilla Swart (American University, Dubai); Nisbert T. Taringa (Zimbabwe); Wilfred Isioma Ukpere (UJ, SA); Goolam Vahed (UKZN, SA); Gina Wisker (Brighton, UK).

General Journal Information

  • Alternation does not have article submission charges.
  • Alternation does have page fee charges of R 400 per page, and sent to lead authors once the article has been set.
  • Alternation’s waver policy, in that it publishes articles by authors from developing countries, that have passed the peer review process successfully, free of charge.
  • Alternation follows the digital archiving policy of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Alternation allows software/ spiders to automatically crawl the journal content.
  • Alternation does not provide article level metadata.
  • Alternation does not provide article download statistics.
  • All Alternation articles are screened for plagiarism.
  • Alternation Open Access Statement
  • Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/ her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.
  • Copyright (©) belongs to Alternation. If an author, institution, or publisher wishes to use or re-publish an article that appeared in Alternation in part or in full, permission must be requested from the editor-in-chief at:
  • Submissions of manuscripts for review must be submitted online, or directly to the relevant editor and/ or guest-editor of a specific issue.



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  • Telephone: +27 33 260 5540/ 6293;
  • Facsimile: +27 31 260 5858;
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