Pumla Dineo Gqola is die Dekanin für Forschung der University of Fort Hare. Zuvor hatte sie als Professorin für Literatur an der University of the Witwatersrand unterrichtet, war Chief Research Specialist beim Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) und Senior Lecturer an der University of the Free State. Die preisgekrönte feministische Autorin verfasste Rape: A South African Nightmare (MF Books, 2015). Ihr wurden der 2016 der Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction und 2018 die University of Cape Town President of Convocation Medal verliehen. Sie ist außerdem die Autorin von What is slavery to me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa (Wits Press, 2010) sowie der creative non-fiction Titel A Renegade called Simphiwe (Jacana Media, 2013) und Reflecting Rogue: Inside the mind of a feminist (MFBooks Joburg, 2016). Sie hat MA-Diplome der University of Cape Town und der University of Warwick (England) und promovierte an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Postcolonial Studies. Gqola forscht, lehrt, unterrichtet und veröffentlicht zu den Themen Slave Memory, Gendered Blackness in der Black Consciousness Literatur, afrikanische und postkoloniale Feminismen und Post-Apartheid Public Culture. ** ENGLISH ** Pumla Dineo Gqola is Dean of Research at the University of Fort Hare. Gqola has previously been Professor of Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Senior Lecturer at University of the Free State. She is the award-winning feminist author of Rape: A South African Nightmare (MF Books, 2015), awarded the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction in 2016, and whose reach earned her the University of Cape Town President of Convocation Medal in 2018. She has also authored What is slavery to me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa, published by Wits Press in 2010, as well as the creative non-fiction titles, A Renegade called Simphiwe (Jacana Media, 2013) and Reflecting Rogue: Inside the mind of a feminist (MFBooks Joburg, 2016). She holds MA degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Warwick (UK), and a DPhil in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Munich (LMU) in Germany. Gqola has published and taught widely on slave memory, gendered Blackness in Black Consciousness literature, African and postcolonial feminisms, and post-apartheid public culture.
Why has South Africa been labelled the ‘world’s rape capital’? What don’t we as South Africans understand about rape? In Rape: A South African Nightmare, Pumla Dineo Gqola unpacks the complex relationship South Africa has with rape by paying attention to the patterns and trends of rape, asking what we can learn from famous cases and why South Africa is losing the battle against rape. This highly readable book leaps off the dusty book shelves of academia by asking penetrating questions and examining the shock belief syndrome that characterises public responses to rape, the female fear factory, boy rape, the rape of Black lesbians and violent masculinities. The book interrogates the high profile rape trials of Jacob Zuma, Bob Hewitt, Makhaya Ntini and Baby Tshepang as well as the feminist responses to the Anene Booysen case.