I am an Associate Senior Lecturer (biträdande lektor) at the Centre for Gender Research. My current research project concerns the depiction of interracial love in literature from South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1900-1950. I obtained my PhD in English literature from Stockholm University and Justus Liebig University Giessen in 2020 with the dissertation Dis-placed Desires: Space and Sexuality in South African Literature.
Keywords: gender and sexuality queer theory theories of space critical race theory temporality south african literature african literature zimbabwean literature
Postdoctoral researcher, Uppsala University (English department) and University of Salford, 2021-2023.
Swedish Research Council, International Postdoc, 2021-2023.
Sven and Dagmar Salén Foundation, One-year Postdoc, 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19).
Birgit and Gad Rausing Foundation, Postdoc research, 2020.
African Feminist Initiative, Penn State University, 2018.
Department of English, Stellenbosch University, 2016.
International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, 2015.
PhD, English Literature, Stockholm University & Justus Liebig University Giessen, 2020.
MA, Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture, University of Sussex, 2013.
BA, English, Uppsala University, 2011.
BA hons, International Relations and Spanish, University of St Andrews, 2010.
My general research interests are in African literature, South African literature, queer theory, sexuality studies, solidarity, critical race studies, and theories of space and temporality.
Outreach/"pop cultural” publications:
(as researcher) All That Is Buried, dir. Simon Stanton-Sharma and Maire Tracey, Nov. 2022.
(with Jade Munslow Ong). “Research Trip to South Africa July-September 2022.” South African Modernism website, 11.09.22. https://www.southafricanmodernism.com/post/research-trip-to-south-africa-july-september-2022
"Liquid Modernity/Leaking Bodies in 1920s South African Literature." South African Modernism website, 17.12.21 https://www.southafricanmodernism.com/post/liquid-modernity-leaking-bodies-in-1920s-south-african-literature
(with Sigi Vandewinkel) “Review Caine 2021: Leaps of Faith – Troy Onyango’s ‘This Little Light of Mine.’” Africa in Words, 15.07.21. https://africainwords.com/2021/07/15/review-caine-2021-leaps-of-faith-troy-onyangos-this-little-light-of-mine/
Nivesjö, Sanja. Interviewed by Pil Saugmann. Nyfiken Podcast, Sept 2021, https://www.buzzsprout.com/1191659/5751247
“Queer Movements: Sexual Desire, Space and Home in Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room and Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow.” LitNet, 27.08.14, http://www.litnet.co.za/Article/queer-movements-sexual-desire-space-and-home-in-damon-galguts-in-a-strange-room-and-phaswa
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