Journal of Humanities https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh <em>Journal of Humanities</em> is a scholarly and peer-reviewed journal of the Faculty of Humanities at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. The journal aims to foster critical and theoretical debates in the areas of classics, fine and performing arts, communication, literature and orature, linguistics, theology and philosophy. The journal publishes original research articles, scholarly opinions, and review articles. Priority is given to articles focusing on East, Central and Southern Africa. JH has a pluralistic and non-partisan approach. en-US © 2017 The Authors. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. jheditorinchief@cc.ac.mw (Dr Emmanuel Ngwira) deanofhumanities@cc.ac.mw (Chancellor College Dean of Humanities) Thu, 26 Aug 2021 08:14:33 +0000 OJS 3.1.2.4 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The centrality of interculturality in teaching literature in foreign language classes: A case study of German at the University of Zimbabwe https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213452 <p>The last decade has seen the burgeoning of a field of&nbsp; academic inquiry focusing on the importance of literature in the teaching and learning of foreign languages. This article investigates the role played by intercultural competence and intercultural dialogue in teaching literature in German language classes at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). This article interrogates how literature allows for the negotiation of diverse intercultural issues which are not only important in ensuring students are able to communicate across cultures but also improve their linguistic competencies in the foreign language. Theoretically drawing on the work of Kreutzer, this article proposes a didactical approach which can be used in the teaching of foreign languages using literature</p> <p><strong>Keywords</strong>: Intercultural Approach, double look (Doppeltblicken), literature, culture, foreign languages, teaching</p> Yemurai Gwatirisa Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213452 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Discursive Construction of Citizen Participation in Democratic Decentralisation Discourses in Malawi https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213453 <p>This paper examines the discursive construction of citizen participation in democratic decentralisation discourses in Malawi. The aim is to understand how rural Malawians have appropriated the notion of citizen participation that is embodied in district development planning processes- a major plank of democratic decentralisations and, how this has influenced the ways in which they take up their positions in the formal participatory processes and the actual nature of citizen participation taking place. Drawing from a mixed&nbsp; methods study which employed a household survey and qualitative key informant interviews, this paper argues that the way village chiefs have been declaring participation and engaging communities to prepare in a particular way, has produced a particular discourse of participation that has set the platform for the ways rural citizens understand participation. As a result, communities appear to have internalised this discourse, so that the phenomenon of participation became one of voluntary work and contribution of voluntary resources for brick-driven projects; a limited conception that does not fully capture the notion of citizen voice, influence, monitoring, and evaluation that is evident in the official government decentralisation documents.</p> <p><strong>Keywords:</strong> Democratic Decentralisation, Participation, Discursive Power, Chiefs</p> Asiyati Lorrain Chiweza Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213453 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 We Are Human, Just Like You: Albinism in Malawi – Implications for Security https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213454 <p>The plight of people with albinism in Malawi has received little attention, despite evidence of increasing attacks on people with albinism for their body parts for use in rituals in recent years. While a recent spate of attacks on people with albinism in late 2020 and early 2021 has drawn the attention of international organizations, relative inaction on the part of the authorities places the security of people with albinism in Malawi firmly in their own hands, and those of their families and communities. This article draws on the findings of participatory research undertaken between 2015 and 2019 to explore context-specific knowledge about the security of people with albinism in Malawi and to reveal perceptions of what makes people with albinism secure or insecure. It traces the roots of these attacks in the beliefs associated with albinism and other disabilities,&nbsp; the various threats to people with albinism in Malawi,&nbsp; and responses put in place at different levels of society to ensure their personal security. Framed in relation to critical work in the field of human security, our findings underscore the importance of changing societal attitudes and developing a coordinated collaborative response to bring about effective and lasting change.</p> <p><strong>Keywords</strong>: Albinism; Human Security; Beliefs; Malawi</p> Charlotte Baker, Patricia Lund, Bonface Massah, Jones Mawerenga Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213454 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Literary Etymologies of the Expressions for Appreciation and Plea in Ewe and Ga https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213455 <p>This paper investigates the literary etymologies of the expressions for appreciation and plea in the Ewe and Ga languages of Ghana. Applying the theory of literary etymology, which is originally employed for onomata, to the everyday expressions of appreciation and plea of Ewe and Ga, the study brings to the fore salient points about these everyday expressions of appreciation&nbsp; and plea. In both languages, it is discovered that the&nbsp; expression of appreciation is deep, giving the one being thanked an elevated position over the one expressing the thanks. Besides, the language of expressing thanks in Ewe and Ga is double-pronged – one denotative or explicit and the other connotative or implicit. Generally, the expressing of thanks is hyperbolic. Similar metaphoricities are employed in the expression of plea in both languages. The one pleading for mercy is in a contextual asymmetrical relationship with the one to whom he or she pleads where the former is considered inferior and the latter superior. The two languages display an almost perfect reflection of each other in the literary etymologies of the expressions in question. This resemblance could be as a consequence that these languages belong to the same language family of Kwa and have lived side by side each other for a long time.</p> <p><strong>Keywords:</strong> Literary etymology, etymology, Ewe, Ga, culture, identity, literature, language</p> Cosmas Rai Amenorvi, Benjamin Kubi Copyright (c) https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/213455 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:00:00 +0000