Centre for African Literary Studies

Dr Uhuru Portia Phalafala visits CALS

Uhuru Portia Phalafala holds a PhD in African and black diaspora literatures, from the University of Cape Town. She is currently a lecturer at Stellenbosch University, where she teaches world literatures, African and black diaspora literatures, and poetry. Her research interests include the methodologies and formulations of the black archive, black intellectual cultures, black periodical cultures, black feminisms, and pan-Africanism in the twentieth century.

She is currently working on a book project that maps Setswana genealogies in Keorapetse Kgositsile’s work, and how that language and its literature travel across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and finds convergences with Afro-American and third world literatures published in black and global south periodicals. Her work centralises the question of South African indigenous languages and their translation in Cold War era periodical cultures. 

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