School of Arts

Claire Scott

Claire Scott






Contact Number



Pietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address

Room 132a, Old Main Building

Degrees Held

  • PhD, (2012) Whiteness and the Narration of Self: An Exploration of Whiteness in Post-Apartheid Literary Narratives by South African Journalists, University of the Western Cape
  • MA Cum Laude: English Studies, (2006) ‘How do I understand myself in this text-tortured land?’ Identity, Belonging and Textuality in Antjie Krog’s A Change of Tongue, Down to My Last Skin and Body Bereft, University of KwaZulu Natal.
  • BA (Hons) Cum Laude: English Studies, (2004) University of KwaZulu Natal.
  • BA Summa Cum Laude: English and Psychology, (2003) University of Natal.

Research Interests

  • Literary Journalism
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • South African Identities
  • Documentary Film

Teaching Interests

  • Literature & Journalism
  • Writing and the Media
  • Corporate Communication


  • Claire Scott (2018) At the fault line: Writing white in South African literary journalism. UKZN Press, Pietermaritzburg.
  • (2018) Voice/Body/Skin: (Dis)locating belonging in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull, A Change of Tongue and Begging to be Black. Scrutiny2.
  • (2012) Die Antwoord and a delegitimised South African whiteness: a potential counter-narrative? Critical Arts. 26(5). p745-761.
  • (2011) ‘Tales of ordinary murder’: Intersections of ‘whiteness’, violence and belonging in Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart and Kevin Bloom’s Ways of Staying. English Academy Review. 28(2). p40-51.
  • (2009) Changing nation/changing self: Textuality and transformation in Antjie Krog’s A Change of Tongue. Scrutiny2. 14(2). p40-47.
  • (2011) Begging to be Black? Challenges to white complicity in a postcolonial world. New Directions in Humanities Conference. Granada, Spain. 8 – 12 June.
  • (2011) Contesting genres: Contesting selves – Interrogating South African Journalists’ Creative Non-Fiction. International Association of Literary Journalism Studies Conference. Brussels, Belgium. 12 – 14 May.
  • (2010) ‘Tales of ordinary murder’: Intersections of whiteness, violence and belonging in Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart and Kevin Bloom’s Ways of Staying. E’skia Mphahlehle Wits University 2nd Postgraduate Colloquium. Johannesburg, South Africa. 2 – 4 September.
  • (2010) Die Antwoord and a delegitimized South African whiteness: A potential counter-narrative? Johannesburg, South Africa. 27 – 29 September.
  • (2006) A kaleidoscope of self, belonging and nation: Displacement and Diaspora in Antjie Krog’s A Change of Tongue. Forging the Local and the Global: AUETSA. Stellenbosch, South Africa. 5 -7 July.
  • (2010) ‘The young white man had it coming’: Mistrust and miscommunication as tropes of whiteness in Jonny Steinberg’s Midlands. University of the Western Cape Department of English Research Seminar Series. Cape Town, South Africa. 6 October.
  • (2009) Why Whiteness Studies? Why here? Why now? University of KwaZulu Natal, English Studies Research Seminar Series. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. 1 October.
  • (2006) Re-presenting the self: Writing identity in Antjie Krog’s A Change of Tongue. University of KwaZulu Natal 8th Humanities Postgraduate Conference. 28 October .


  • Writing and the Media: News Story Writing, Essay Writing, Narrative, Style & Register, Formal and Critical Analysis, Media Ethics
  • Media & Cultural Studies in South Africa: South African Media Map, Institutions, Ownership and Control, Media Production and Audience Research, Introductory Media Concepts, Development of Photography, Semiotics, Representation and Culture, Mass Communication Theory, Ideology and Media Imperialism.
  • Corporate Communication: Communicating with Key Stakeholders, Social Change Campaigns, Strategic Communication, Health Communication, Political Communication and Project Management. Defining Public Relations, Public Relation Programme Planning, the Scope and Ethics of Public Relations, Writing a Press Release and Multiculturalism.
  • Literary Journalism: The New Journalism, 1950’s Drum Magazine, South African Literary Journalism, Documentary Film.
  • Corporate Communication: Strategic Corporate Communication and Campaign Proposal development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Development Communication.


  • Melusi Mtungwa (2016) The use of Social Media in alumni engagement at the University of Kwa Zulu- Natal.
  • Nonhlanhla Manana (2016) How does UKZN use graduation stories in relation to corporate image and identity?
  • Nothando Sibiya (2016) An investigation into the marketing strategies of three KwaZulu-Natal community radio stations.
  • Xolile Sibiya (2018) An exploratory case study of UKZN Pietermaritzburg’s corporate communication on how women are represented in the UKZNDABA- Graduation special.
  • Siphokazi Shazi (2018) Corporate Communication: How is the value of Diversity communicated through UKZNs Facebook page?
  • Nomzamo Madide (2018) An exploratory case study of Pietermaritzburg lecturers’ awareness with of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Language Policy.
  • Liezel Fourie (Current): Panic! Looting! The prevalence of disaster mythology on Fox News online and CNN online when reporting on Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
  • Siphumelele Nkosi (Current): Communicating Corporate Identity: An exploratory study of the role that internal communication plays in transferring the corporate identity to employees at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.
  • Travis McCabe (Current): Race Trouble: An alternative exploration of race relations in Zebra Crossing, Coconut and The Book of Memory by Meg Vandermerwe, Kopano Matlwa and Petina Gappah
  • Sarah Groves (Current): Telling tales: Life writing from the inner-city and a critical reflection on the ethics of telling other people’s stories.
  • Ursula Vooght (Current): Reclaiming ‘truth’: Exploring adaptations of selected literary works by F Scott Fitzgerald in different media