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Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon

Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies

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Gabeba Baderoon is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African Studies, and holds a courtesy appointment in Comparative Literature.  She co-directs the African Feminist Initiative at Penn State with Alicia Decker, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Approaches to Intersectionality project and the Advisory Committee of the Weiss Chair of the Humanities.  Among her honors are an Extraordinary Professorship of English at Stellenbosch University and fellowships at the African Gender Institute, the Nordic Africa Institute, and the University of Sheffield. Baderoon received a PhD in English from the University of Cape Town, and has held Post-doctoral fellowships in the Africana Research Center at Penn State and the “Islam, African Publics and Religious Values” Project at the University of Cape Town.  She writes on representations of Islam, slavery, race and sexuality and her articles appear in Feminist Studies, Social Dynamics, and the Journal for Islamic Studies, among other venues. She has received fellowships from the Future of Minority Studies/Mellon Summer Institute on “Queer Studies in Transnational Contexts” at Cornell University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Sainsbury/Linbury Trust. With Dr Sa’diyya Shaikh and Dr Nina Hoel, she co-organizes a transnational project on “Theorizing Gender and Islam,” which has hosted two international conferences and led to a special issue of the Journal for Islamic Studies. Baderoon is the author of Regarding Muslims: from Slavery to Post-apartheid (Wits, 2014, which was long-listed for the 2015 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-fiction, and the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body and A hundred silences. Baderoon is an award-winning creative writer whose poems have appeared in Cultural Studies, Meridians, Feminist Studies, Callaloo and other venues.  In 2014, one of her short stories was selected for the "Twenty Best Short Stories of South Africa's Democracy" and she is the recipient of the 2005 Daimler award for South African Poetry. Her current project, titled “Public Privacies,” explores the role of autobiography, religion, and sexuality in the post-colonial nation.