Prof. Desiree Lewis, Ph.D. - Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor - Winter term 2016/17


Based in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Republic of South Africa. Prof. Desiree Lewis teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has worked at several universities in South Africa, and has also been a Research Associate at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, a Fulbright scholar-in-residence in Atlanta, USA, and a Research Associate at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study.


Areas of Expertise

  • Postcolonial feminist and queer theorizing and knowledge-making
  • Black and postcolonial literary and visual studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Critical food studies


Courses and Lectures as Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor

Intersectionality: Theory, Research and Politics

MA-Course, Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m., GC 04/703 (with Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert)


Visuality and Neo-Imperal Messages of Salvation

Inaugural lecture at the Colloquium of the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, 11 January 2017, 4 p.m., GC 04/45

Selected Publications

Lewis, Desiree. 2015. Gender, Feminism and Food Studies: African Security Review 24 (4): 414–429.

Lewis, Desiree. 2013. Politics, Freedoms and Spirituality in Alaa
al Aswani’s The Yacoubian Building. Journal for Islamic Studies 33 (1): 100–126.

Lewis, Desiree. 2013. The Multiple Dimensions of Human Security through the Lens of African Feminist Intellectual Activism: Africa Peace and Conflict Journal 6 (1): 15–28.


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