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KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Associate Proffessor Pumla Dineo Gqola

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Associate Proffessor Pumla Dineo Gqola

Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor in the Department of African Literature at‎Associate Professor at University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 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. She is author of What is slavery to me? Postcolonial/Slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa, published by Wits Press in 2010 and A renegade called Simphiwe published under the MLF Books imprint at Jacana in 2013. Her edited collection Regarding Winnie: feminism, race and nation in global representations of Winnie Madikizela Mandela is forthcoming with the African feminist press, Cassava Republic. Gqola maintains an active research and teaching interest in slave memory, African sexualities, African feminist imagination, Black Consciousness literature in South Africa and post-apartheid public culture.