Sarah Nuttall

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Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and was the Institute's Director from 2012 to 2022. She is the author of Entanglement: Literary and Cultural Reflections on Postapartheid, editor of Beautiful/Ugly: African and Diaspora Aesthetics, and co-editor of many books including Negotiating the Past: The Making of Memory in South Africa; Senses of Culture; Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis and Loadshedding: Writing On and Over the Edge of South Africa. She has given more than thirty keynote addresses around the world, and published more than sixty journal articles and book chapters. Her work is widely cited across many disciplines. She has recently co-edited a special issue of Interventions with Isabel Hofmeyr and Charne Lavery on ‘Reading for Water’ , edited Your History with Me: The Short Films of Penny Siopis (Duke University Press), co-edited Hinterlands: Extraction, Abandonment, Care (Palgrave) and is the author of the forthcoming book On Pluviality: Reading for Rain.  She has taught at Yale and Duke Universities and in 2016 she was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the DuBois Institute at Harvard University. For ten years she has directed WiSER, the largest and most established Humanities Institute across the Global South.