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Dr Victoria Collis-Buthelezi


AB Princeton, MA, MPhil PhD Columbia

Office: Arts Block A110A
Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2851





Dr. Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi took up a lectureship in English in 2012. Her current book project, “Empire, Nation, Diaspora: Cape Town and Constituting a Black Archive,” refigures the “black archive” with discarded imagined futures that precede anti-colonial nationalisms, one of which centered around Cape Town and the British empire. She is a research fellow of the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at UCT and co-founder of the Diaspora Working Group, a research platform housed in the university’s English department and the Centre for African Studies. She is a book series for “Race and Resistance in the Long Twentieth Century” out of Peter Lang Oxford. Her research interests are Caribbean studies, African and African diaspora literature, and black intellectual and literary history. She offers the following undergraduate seminars: “South Africa and the Black Atlantic”, “Caliban’s Words: Black Writers, Modernist Texts”, and “‘An Island Is a World’: Caribbean Writing, Decolonization, and the Postcolony.” She co-teaches a course in the MA core with Dr. Christopher Ouma entitled “Revolutionary Modernities” that follows links and points of divergence between between African and African diaspora intellectuals. She runs an postgraduate elective based on her current book project entitled, “Crisis of Diaspora.”



“Caribbean Regionalism, South Africa, and Mapping New World Studies”, Small Axe (March        2015)

“Under the Aegis of Empire: Cape Town, Black Victorianism and Early Twentieth-Century Black Thought, invited special issue Callaloo (forthcoming)

“Islands Rattle: Stuart Hall and the Caribbean”, invited special issue on Stuart Hall Boundary 2     (forthcoming)


Work in Progress

“Empire, Nation, Diaspora: Cape Town and Constituting a Black Archive” (Monograph)