Navan Govender


  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1 Finding a Place for Critical Literacies in Scotland 2 Critical Transmodal Pedagogies 3 Queer Critical Literacies 4 Critical Literacies and Decoloniality 5 Critical Literacies and Teacher Education

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Personal Statement

Navan N. Govender is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Navan holds a Bachelor of Education degree (specialising in secondary English teaching), a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Applied English Language Studies, and a PhD in Applied Language & Literacy Education in critical literacies. Their PhD investigated how critical literacy could be used to engage student teachers with issues related to sex, gender and sexual diversity in South Africa. Currently, Navan is working to understand critical literacy's role in Scottish English language and literacy education as well as in initial teacher education. 

Specific fields of study include: (queer) critical literacies; multiliteracies, multimodalities & critical visual literacies; transmodality; (a)gender & (a)sexual diversity in representation; critical (multimodal) discourse analysis; social semiotics; and social justice education. 

Further interests include: culturally responsive/sustainable pedagogies, decoloniality, gender studies, place-based pedagogies, feminisms, hybridity, intersectionality, and design.

At Strathclyde, Navan teaches on the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme, offering classes in critical literacies and multimodalities as well as a range of English methodology classes for secondary schooling educators. Navan also sits in the faculty's Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Committee.  

Beyond Strahclyde, Navan is an active member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) as a co-convener of the Critical Literacy Special Interest Group (SIG), UKLA Regional Representative for West Scotland, and co-convener of the UKLA Publicity & Communications Committee. Navan is also a member of The Anti-Racist Educator, a collective of educational stakeholders engaging in critical and anti-racist education. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand

Jan 20138 Dec 2015

Award Date: 8 Dec 2015

Bachelor of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand

Jan 2010Jun 2011

Award Date: 22 Jun 2011

Bachelor of Education, University of the Witwatersrand

Jan 2005Dec 2009

Award Date: 26 May 2010

External positions

UKLA Regional Representative: West Scotland, United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)

Jul 2020 → …


  • critical literacy
  • social semiotics
  • representation
  • social justice
  • discourse
  • power
  • multimodality
  • transmodality
  • queer critical literacies
  • decoloniality


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  • Queer critical literacies

    Govender, N. & Andrews, G., 8 Sep 2021, The Handbook of Critical Literacies. Pandya, J. Z., Mora, R. A., Alford, J. H., Golden, N. A. & de Roock, R. S. (eds.). New York, p. 82-93 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Critical transmodal pedagogies: student teachers play with genre conventions

    Govender, N. N., 1 May 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Multimodal Communication. 9, 1, 20190009.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
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