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Professor of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. She has worked extensively on the Indian Ocean world and oceanic themes more generally. Recent publications include 'Gandhi’s Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading' (2013) and a special issue of 'Comparative Literature' (2016) on 'Oceanic Routes' co-edited with Kerry Bystrom.

She heads up a project Oceanic Humanities for the Global South with partners from Mozambique, Mauritius, India, Jamaica and Barbados.


  • –present
    Professor of African Literature , University of the Witwatersrand

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Professor of African Literature
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation