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Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation

Dr Marisa Botha
Research Fellow

Marisa Botha is a Research Fellow in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University. She holds a D.Litt. degree in Afrikaans and Dutch Literature.

Previously, she was fortunate to be able to conduct postdoctoral research in four countries on three continents at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the University of Pennsylvania, USA and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.  Marisa is also affiliated with Nelson Mandela University as a Research Associate.

She reviews articles and books for academic journals and teaches literature courses periodically. Nationally, she was also featured in the booklet, Because Science is Fun: Stories of Emerging Female Scientists in South Africa (2017).

Her current research focuses primarily on the relation between memory, trauma and culture in South African life narratives, specifically those written by women. The chosen autobiographies emphasise trauma sustained during South Africa’s tumultuous political history. They include exile and prison life narratives, as well as survivor and trauma narratives. The texts reflect the historical moment in which they were written and illuminate concepts of intersubjective and collective memory in the formation of a cultural identity.

Her other research interests include South African literature, world literature, life writing, women’s studies, trauma and memory studies, and human rights.


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