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Staff Profile

Associate Professor Dan Ojwang

Position HEAD OF SCHOOL
QualificationsBA(Hons), MA, PhD
Phone 0117174254
Email Dan.Ojwang@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit School of Literature, Language and Media

B rief Personal History

Dan Ojwang started off his career at Wits as a senior tutor and is currently Associate Professor of African Literature. His research interests include contemporary African fiction, literary cultures of the Indian Ocean world, and African intellectual & literary histories. His most recent work is on the intersection of literary and ethnographic imagination in East Africa. He has an amateur interest in black popular music worldwide. An editor with the journal Postcolonial Text, he has also served as Head of African Literature (2005-2008) and Deputy Head of the School of Literature and Language Studies (2010-2012).

Teaching and Supervision

He teaches the whole gamut of undergraduate courses offered in African Literature and offers a number of postgraduate seminars on contemporary African writers, the African canon, Mau Mau, and Idi Amin. He has supervised a large number of MA and PhD theses on topics such as postcolonialism, animist / magical realism, migration, traditional arts, media studies, the country & the city, autobiography, children’s fiction, war, prison & crime fiction, gender and sexuality, and contemporary African poetry.

Selected Publications

2013. Reading Migration and Culture: The World of East African Indian Literature. London: Palgrave.

2012. “Exile and Estrangement in East African Indian Fiction.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 32, 3: 523-542.

2011. “‘Eat Pig and Become a Beast’: Food, Drink and Diaspora in Indian East African Writing.” Research in African Literatures.42.3 Fall: 68-87.

2011. “The World that Es’kia Mphahlele Made: An East African View.” English in Africa.38.2 (2011): 109-120.

2011. “In a Restless State: Mercantile Adventure and Citizenship in the Autobiography of Nanji Kalidas Mehta (1888-1969).” Africa Today.57. 3: 57-75.

2009. “Kenyan Intellectuals and the Political Realm: Responsibilities and Complicities.” Africa Insight. 39. 1: 22-38.

2008. “The Half-Caste and the Quest for Secularism and Freedom in East African Indian Literature.” Scrutiny2. 13. 2: 16-35.

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