Uhuru Portia Phalafala
Uhuru Portia Phalafala is a PhD candidate and Research Associate. She is writing her thesis on South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile. Her research is in Black Atlantic studies and endeavours to expand its scope to the global South by mapping Kgositsile’s transnational activities via a trajectory of four main movements he was directly and indirectly involved in; namely the Drum era, the Makerere Conference, the Black Arts Movement, and Medu Arts Ensemble. Her thesis takes the form of a literary biography which will reveal a complex network of movements, collaborations, pan-African solidarity, and quests for black aesthetics that would define the ethos of black cultural production in the second half of the twentieth century.