Frau PhD Jessie Kabwila Kapasula

Einladende Institution: Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt, Englische Literaturwissenschaft und Anglophone Literaturen
Aufenthalt: 01. April 2012 - 31. Juli 2012
Heimatuni: Chancellor College of the University of Malawi (Malawi)
Informationen zur Person: Jessie Kabwila Kapasula was invited by Susan Arndt (English Studies and Anglophone Literatures) as visiting professor from April to July 2012. Kabwila Kapasula is head of the Department of English at the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi and holds a PhD in Transnational Feminism in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University, New York. Her research interests include contemporary feminist and gender theories, African sexualities, African/Postcolonial theory, diasporic literature, women and film and cultural studies. She is a feminist who approaches feminism both as an academic and as an activist.

During her stay at the University of Bayreuth, she enriched the academic life and work with her expertise in all of these areas. The junior fellows of BIGSAS enjoyed her talk on “How to Really Do a Ph.D”. She also held public lectures entitled: “African and Afro-diasporic radical feminist agency: Interrogating selected texts of Adichie, Dangaremba and Danticat” and “’Sanitising’ the Nation? Interrogating Malawi’s legal and policy discourse on sexual minorities”. Through her participation in the BIGSAS Diversity Programme’s Salongespräch she offered practical strategies on how to overcome structures of power and conventions within the academia and beyond, in her talk: “The Joys of an African Feminist Academic Activist: Unpacking Jessie’s Path to Scholarship and Leadership”. Also highly appreciated was her input in the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, “Remembering Flash Forward: African Literatures as Poetics in Motion”.