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Senior Lecturer in African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand

Danai Mupotsa has a BA, Africana Studies, Women's Studies (Luther College) 2004 BSocSci (Hons), Gender and Transformation (UCT) 2005 MSocSci, Gender Studies (UCT) 2007 PhD, African Literature (Wits) 2014.
Danai's research is oriented towards reading everyday intimacies. Her undisciplined intellectual training has at its messy foundations a commitment to feminist, queer and antiracist political and pedagogical praxis. Danai undutifully attends to theories of affect, psychoanalysis, materialisms, space/temporalities and difference.

Teaching and Supervision:
Danai Mupotsa teaches undergraduate and postgraduate level modules in the Department of African Literature. The modules that she teaches reflect Danai's interest in desire, intimacy, feeling and the relation between these to visual/oral/aural and textual cultures, objects, ritual and space. Danai Mupotsa is interested in supervising projects that draw from the intellectual traditions of feminist, queer and antiracist theories. Danai has a strong interest in projects that hold potential for trans and interdisciplinary analysis and methodology.

Selected Publications:
Becoming Girl-Woman-Bride, in Girlhood Studies (Forthcoming 2015)

Sophie’s Special Secret: Public Feeling, Consumption and Celebrity Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa, in Richey, Lisa Ann. (Ed). Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power. (London & New York: Routledge, Forthcoming 2015)

The Promise of Happiness: Desire, Attachment and Freedom in Post/Apartheid South Africa, in Critical Arts (Forthcoming 2015)

From Family to Nation: Researching Gender & Sexuality, in Cramer, Christopher; Hammond, Laura & Pottier, Johan (Eds). Navigating the Terrains of Methods and Ethics in Conflict Research (Leiden: Brill, 2011)

If I could write this in Fire/ African Feminist Ethics for Research in Africa in postamble (2010)

This Little Rage of Poetry/ Researching Gender and Sexuality in Feminist Africa11 Researching for Life: Paradigms and Power (2008)

Sex, Money, Power: Considerations for African Women’s Empowerment in At Issue (February 2008)


  • –present
    Lecturer in African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Lecturer in African Literature
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation