Fiction Panel Chairperson: Prof. Pumla Dineo Gqola

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 Co nsciousness 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 Gender and Media. She has supervised postgraduate work on media, gender, race and sexualities as well as on her research focus areas listed above.