Floris J. G. Van der Merwe
Floris J. G. Van der Merwe (1951-) is a researcher and author of publications on sports history.
Born Floris Johannes Gerhardus van der Merwe on 5 January 1951 in Cape Town and grew up mainly in the Strand, where he attended Lochnerhof Laerskool and Strand Hoërskool. He studied at Stellenbosch from 1970-1974 (BA Phys.Ed., B. Hons. Phys.Ed., Teaching Diploma) and at Potchefstroom University from 1975-1978 (MA, D.Phil) and again at Stellenbosch during 1985-1986 (MA History). He is Professor at the Department of Sport Science, University of Stellenbosch where he has been lecturing at the Sport Science department since January 1979.
Contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance
Of importance to South African theatre and performance research is his book on Frank Fillis and his family, and their role in establishing a circus tradition in South Africa. Called Frank Fillis: The story of a circus legend. The book was originally published in Afrikaans (2002) by his own publishing company, FJG Publikasies, and then translated into English by Ilse Evertse and published the same company in 2007 (a second edition appeared in 2012).