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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 Bachelor of Education (specialising in secondary English teaching), and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Applied English Language Studies, and a PhD in Applied Language & Literacy Education in the field of critical literacy and the teaching of controversial topics including issues related to sex, gender and sexual diversity. The doctoral thesis, Negotiating the Gendered Representations of Sexualities through Critical Literacy (2015), can be accessed online. This research interest is informed by the need to raise critical questions about power and privilege in education, the role of critical literacies in developing learners' and teachers' agency in and out of the classroom, as well as the potential for critical approaches to (literacy) education to transform identity construction, meaning making and society.

Specific fields of study include: (new) literacy studies; critical literacies and critical pedagogies; multiliteracies, multimodalities and visual literacies; transmodality; representation, gender and sexual diversity; critical discourse analysis; sociolinguistics; social semiotics; and social justice education. 

Navan teaches on the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education programme, offering classes in critical literacies and multimodalities as well as a range of English methodology classes for secondary schooling educators. 


  • critical literacy
  • critical pedagogy
  • representation
  • subversion
  • discourse
  • power
  • multimodality

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2017 2019

Critical literacy and critically reflective writing: navigating gender and sexual diversity

Govender, N., 30 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : English Teaching: Practice and Critique. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Deconstructing heteronormativity and hegemonic gender orders through critical literacy and materials design: a case in a South African school of education

Govender, N. N., 19 Feb 2018, Teacher Education for Diversity: Conversations from the Global South. Walton, E. & Osman, R. (eds.). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, p. 36-52 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
social effects

Activities 2017 2019

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 2 Journal peer review


Navan Govender (Participant)
26 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

ECER 2019

Navan Govender (Participant)
3 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference