Pumla Gqola

 Pumla Gqola
Qualifications:BA Hons (Cape Town), MA cum laude (Warwick), MA (Cape Town), DPhil magna cum laude (Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet Muenchen)
Organisational Unit:School of Literature, Language and Media

B rief Professional History

Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor in the Department of African Literature. She joined Wits in March 2007. Immediately prior to her tenure at Wits, Gqola had worked as Focus Area Leader:OpenSpeak at the Meraka Institute, managed by the CSIR and Chief Research Specialist: Societies, Cultures and Identities Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Gqola was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State's Department of English and Classical Culture until August 2005. Prior to fulltime employment, she had also worked in the Aacademic Development Programme at UCT, the English Department at UCT and the Language Development Unit at the Cape Technikon. Gqola's research foci are: slave memory in the African world, Black Co nsciousness literature, womanism and feminist literary studies, postcolonialism, post-apartheid pubic culture, African feminist sexualities.

Teaching and Supervision

Gqola teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on African continental and diasporic literatures. She also (co)teaches a postgraduate course on Gender and Media. She has supervised postgraduate work on media, gender, race and sexualities as well as on her research focus areas listed above.

Selected Publications

2011. "Whirling words? women's poetry, feminist imagination and contemporary South African publics". (peer reviewed, guest editor's introduction), Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa. 16.2

2011. "Through Zanele Muholi's eyes: reimagining ways of seeing Black lesbians", in Sylvia Tamale. ed. African Sexualities: A Reader. London: Fahamu

2010. What is slavery to me: Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Wits University Press)

2009. "The difficult task of normalising freedom: spectacular masculinities, Ndebele's literary/cultural commentary and post-apartheid life", English in Africa. 36.1

2009. "Pushing out from the centre: (Black) feminist imagination, redefined politics and emergent trends in South African poetry", XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. 21/22

2007. "How the 'cult of femininity' and violent masculinities support endemic gender based violence in contemporary South Africa", African Identities. 51.1

2006. "Crafting epicentres of agency': Sarah Bartmann and African Feminist Literary Imaginings", Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy. 20.1/2 (Special Issue on African Feminism)

2006 (with Elaine Salo) "Subaltern sexualities" (peer reviewed guest editorial), Feminist Africa 6