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Senior Lecturer

Dr Polo Moji

MA and PhD,  Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)

Office: Room 110A, AC Jordan Building


Research Interests

African & Afrodiasporic Literatures,

Literatures in Translation ( French/Francophone)

Comparative Literature

Intersectional Feminisms

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).

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

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.

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.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Moji, P. B. "Hyenas/hustlers: An Afrosur/realist reading of Touki Bouki (1973)." Journal of African Cinemas 11, no. 3 (2019): 193-205.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.,

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.

Edited Special Issues / Collective Volumes

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