Burgert A. Senekal

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Burgert A. Senekal is a lecturer researcher in literature, with interests in estrangement, information technology and complex networks. Also known as Burgert Senekal.


Born Burgert Adriaan Senekal in Bloemfontein, he had his schooling at Sentraal High, completing his matriculation in 1998, then completed a B.A. degree in English and Afrikaans the University of the Free State (2002).

In this period he also established and ran his own jewellery and accessory business (1995-2004).

He now completed an MA degree in Afrikaans and Dutch Literature (2005), before going abroad to work and study in England for three years (2005 – 2007), obtaining the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA), from Saxoncourt Teacher Training, London (2006) while working as a retail operative for Primark, Romford, United Kingdom.

He returned to Bloemfontein to become a researcher attached to the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French and the Eenheid vir Taalfasilitering en Bemagtiging ("Unit for Language facilitation and empowerment") at the UFS. He continued his studies, completing an MA in English Literature (2008), and a PhD in Afrikaans and English (2013), once more at the University of the Free State.

His contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance.

He has published a number of studies of sociological and systemic aspects of the SA cultural system, among which:

"A multilevel network analysis of the Afrikaans film industry and film actor network (1994-2014)"), LitNet Akademies (Geesteswetenskappe) 2015-07-01

"Six degrees of Gerben Kamper: An exploration of cooperation networks in the Afrikaans theatre industry (2010–2015)") LitNet Akademies (Geesteswetenskappe) 2016-06-14

He has also created and manages PRISMA: 'n Afrikaanse Kultuurbedryfdatabasis, an internet database which documents the contributions people have made to the Afrikaans cultural system and industry.  





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