Dr Polo Moji
MA and PhD, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)
Office: Room 110A, AC Jordan Building
African & Afrodiasporic Literatures,
Literatures in Translation ( French/Francophone)
Hauntology and Sociological imaginaries
Critical Race Theory
Critical Black / Urban Geographies
Polo joined the Department of English Literary Studies the University of Cape Town in April 2018, after lecturing French and Francophone Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand ( 2015-2018) and being a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria, when she co-convened the Gender Research @ UP research group.
With a PhD in Comparative and General Literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) in 2011, Polo is scholar of comparative literary and cultural studies with an interest in comparative approaches to literature, African and Afrodiasporic narrative forms, literatures in translation (French/Francophone), Intersectional Feminisms and Critical Black Urban Geographies.
Polo is one of the few researchers in South Africa working with both English and French / Francophone literary forms. She has co-edited the special journal issues Ghostly Border-Crossings: Europe in Afrodiasporic Narratives” in Tydskrif vir letterkunde : A Journal for African Literature (2019), The Cinematic City: Desire, Form and the African Urban “ in The Journal of African Cinemas (2019) and the forthcoming special issue in Cinematic Imaginaries of the African City, Social Dynamics ( 2021)
Her current book project is Gender and the Geopolitics of Blackness in Contemporary AfroFrench Narratives: Black Flâneuses and she is and co-organiser of the forthcoming African Feminisms Conference ( November 2021).
Moji P. B. Home/land: Diasporic Space and Topologies of Relation in Nimrod’s L’Or des Rivières (Chad, 2010). Spaces of Longing and Belonging: Spatiality, Culture and Identity in Literature and Film, Editors: Bill Richardson and Brigitte Le Juez, Brill Rodopi. 2019, 33-48. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004402935_004
Moji, P. Literary Adventures in Francophone Afropea: Léonora Miano and Music as a Language of Afro-diasporic Subjectivity. Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation and Culture, Editors: Rachael Gilmour and Tamar Steinitz. September 2017. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature Series.,168-187. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315651675
Moji, P. B. "Hyenas/hustlers: An Afrosur/realist reading of Touki Bouki (1973)." Journal of African Cinemas 11, no. 3 (2019): 193-205. https://doi.org/10.1386/jac_00016_1
Moji, P. Taste and Sentiment: Cartographies of Afropean Affiliation in Leonora Miano’s Soulfood Équatoriale (2009), Contemporary French and Francophone Studies,22:5, Routledge Taylor & Francis , 12 July 2019, 562-570. https://doi.org/10.1080/17409292.2018.1606384
Moji, P. The hauntological imaginary in Bernadine Evaristo’s Soul Tourists (2005). Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Vol 56 No 1, Special Issue: Ghostly border-crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic narrative. University of Pretoria, , 29 April 2019, 11-23.https://doi.org/10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.56i1.6268
Moji, P. Divas and Deviance: Hip-Hop Feminism and Black Visuality in Lauren Ekué’s Icône Urbaine (2006). Agenda, Special Issue: Gender and the Popular imaginary. Routledge Taylor & Francis & UNISA Press, 28 August 2018, 10-20. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10130950.2018.1485287
Moji, P. (Un)Known Bodies: Dissecting Sara Baartman in the Francophone Autobiography, 53cm (Bessora,1999)). Journal of the African Literature Association, Routledge Taylor and Francis & African Literature Association, 12 October 2017, 183-194. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21674736.2017.1375656
Moji, P. Prodi-gals: Statelessness and Place-lessness in Lauretta Ngcobo’s The Prodigal Daughter (2012), Scrutiny 2: issues in English studies in Southern Africa, Special Issue - Lauretta Ngcobo, Routledge Taylor & Francis & UNISA Press, 30 September 2017, 64-7., http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/18125441.2017.1311364
Moji, P. New Names, Translated Subjectivities: (Dis) location and (Re) naming in NoViolet Bulwayo’s We Need New Names, 2013 (Zimbabwe). Journal of African Cultural Studies. Routledge Taylor & Francis, 6 January 2015, 181-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13696815.2014.993937
Moji, P., Mupotsa D. & Himmelman N. (eds). The Cinematic City: Desire, Form and the African Urban (Special Issue). Journal of African Cinemas. Volume 11, Number 3, Intellect Books, Bristol & Wilmington (NC), 1 December 2019, ISSN 1754-9221 (Print); ISSN 1754-923X (Online)
Moji, P. & Himmelman N. (eds). Special Issue: Ghostly border-crossings: Europe in African and Afrodiasporic narratives, Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, Vol 56 No 1, University of Pretoria, -29 April 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.56i1.6265