B rief Professional History
Pumla Dineo Gqola is 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 Consciousness literature, womanism and feminist literary studies, postcolonialism, post-apartheid pubic culture, African feminist sexualities.
Gqola teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on African continental and diasporic literatures. She also (co)teaches a postgraduate course on Writing Slavery in the African World. She has supervised postgraduate work on various litetary topics, media, gender, race and sexualities as well as on her research focus areas listed above.
2015. Rape: A South African Nightmare (MFBooks Joburg/Jacana)
2013. A Renegade called Simphiwe (MFBooks Joburg/Jacana)
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