Isabel Hofmeyr

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Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at Wits and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. Over the last two decades, she has pioneered research on global, oceanic and transnational forms of literary and cultural history that seek to understand Africa’s place in the world.  She is a leading scholar of the Indian Ocean world. Hofmeyr has served as Acting Director of the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa ( which she played a leading role in establishing. See more at:

While at WISER, she will be working on a project on Oceanic Humanities.

Her prize-winning books include The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of The Pilgrim’s Progress (1994); Gandhi’s Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading (2013) and Ten Books that Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons (2015) (co-edited with Antoinette Burton).

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