Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola is Full Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies. She has been Professor in the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Senior Lecturer at the Department of English and Classical Culture at the University of the Free State (UFS), and Chief Research Specialist in the Societies, Cultures and Identities Research Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She has designed and taught courses on South African Literature, Postcolonial Humour, Slave Memory in South Africa and the Caribbean, Gender and Media, Writing slavery from the African World, and Writing Gender in African Literature.

Gqola holds two MA degrees in Literature from the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and Warwick, UK and doctorate in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Munich (LMU) in Germany.

In addition to Editorial Boards of several leading African, Literary and Feminist studies journals, Gqola has also served on the Boards of the 1in9 Campaign (link to:, the Centre for Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) (link to:, the African Feminist Strategic Litigation Firm, Women’s Legal Centre (link to: In 2019, she was appointed to the Ministerial Task Team on Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Violence at South African Universities.


Wendy Adams Administrator at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies and the Chair in African Feminist Imagination


Viraj Suparsad is currently a postdoctoral fellow in African Feminist Imagination at The Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He was awarded the 2019 William and Ntihila Kupe Prize for Postgraduate Research Excellence, given to the researcher with the top PhD in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, for his thesis “Global Femininities: India, Bollywood Actresses and Postfeminism”. His research interests relate to postfeminism, celebrity culture, and gender in the global south.


Tumi Mampane is an African feminist scholar, and a PHD candidate in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg. She is also affiliated to the NRF SARCHi Chair in African Feminist Imagination at Nelson Mandela University.

Tumi always aims to bring forward and document the narratives of women who have been pushed to the periphery or incorrectly labelled as “voiceless”. Her research interests include cultural and media studies, township femininities, popular culture, African Pentecostalism, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, ethnography, and feminist theory.



Aphiwe Ntlemeza is a Master’s graduate in Sociology (UFH), a published Feminist Writer & Researcher. She has participated in several stakeholder engagements across the Sub-Saharan region to shape policies on Gender-based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

She has further led and organised numerous protests, and movements addressing GBVF in the Eastern Cape, SA.