Sarah Nuttall

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Sarah Nuttall is Professor of Literature and Director of WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) in Johannesburg, South Africa. For many years she taught the Fall semester in the English and African and African American Studies departments at Yale and Duke Universities. 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. Recent essays include Mandela’s Mortality; Secrecy’s Softwares; Surface, Depth and the Autobiographical Act; The Redistributed University; and The Earth as a Prison? 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. For five years she has directed WiSER, the largest and most established Humanities Institute across the Global South. In 2016 she was an Oppenheimer Fellow at the DuBois Institute at Harvard University.