Dr Uhuru Portia Phalafala

Lecturer
MA, cum laude (Wits), PhD (UCT)
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TEACHING AREAS

African literature; world literatures; transnational Black feminism; Black diasporic literatures; Black Consciousness and Black Power poetry

RESEARCH AREAS

Transnationalism in the 20th Century; life writing; African and diasporic poetry; world literatures; Black expressive cultures: spoken word poetry, jazz, hip-hop, reggae; cultural studies; African and diasporic intellectual traditions; the Black literary archive

PUBLICATIONS 

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
  • ‘Roots en Route in Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Poetry’. English Studies in Africa, 2016
  • ‘Time is Always NOW: animism in Keorapetse Kgositsile’s temporal order’. Scrutiny 2, 2016
  • ‘Black Music’s Transatlantic Arch in Keorapetse Kgositsile’s Poetry’. Journal of African Literary Studies, 2016
BOOK CHAPTERS
  • ‘Going Back to Black with Spoken Word in South Africa’. The Spoken Word Project. Buthelezi, M; Ouma, C; Shoro, K (Eds.) pp. 34-55. Goethe-Institut: Munchen, 2014
SEMINARS
  •  ‘Keorapetse Kgositsile: Mapping a Literary Biography’; Linnaeus University, Sweden (2014)
ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
  • ‘The Cow: a bridge between the living and the dead’ (2013), The Archival Platform
FICTION
  • ‘Crime in the City’. Laugh it Off Annual 4. Johannesburg: Jacana Media, 2009
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
  • Conducted interviews with: Sam Anderson, New York City, 2014; Amina Baraka (Amiri Baraka’s wife), Newark, 2014; Brent Hayes Edwards, New York City, 2014; Reginald Gibbons, Evanston, 2014; Ipeleng Kgositsile (Keorapetse Kgositsile’s daughter), Oakland, October 2014; Keorapetse Kgositsile, Johannesburg, 2013 – 2015; Evelyn Neal (Larry Neal’s wife), New York City, 2014; Muxe Nkondo, Pretoria, March 2013; Sterling Plumpp, Chicago, September 2014; Mongane Serote, Johannesburg, May 2014; Lefifi Tladi, Pretoria, April 2014; Quincy Troupe, New York City, 2014; A.B Spellman, Washington DC, 2014; Karen Spellman, Washington DC, September 2014
CONFERENCES
  • Makerere Conference – ‘2nd East African Literary and Cultural Studies Conference’; Makerere University, Uganda (2015)
  • STIAS – ‘Place and Mobility’; University of Stellenbosch (2015)
  • PERC – ‘African Textualities’; University of Cape Town (2015)
  • ACLALS – ‘Ideas of Postcolonial Culture: Inclusions and Exclusions’; University of Stellenbosch (2016)
  • Black Portraiture III – ‘Reinventions: Strains of History and Culture’; University of Witwatersrand/New York University (2016)