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Serah Namulisa Kasembeli

Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Andrew W. Mellon International Predoctoral Fellow

Serah Namulisa Kasembeli visited Northwestern in the Fall 2017 quarter and the Winter 2018 quarter as the first Andrew W. Mellon International Predoctoral Fellow.

Serah is an English Studies PhD student at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), interested in Indian Ocean slavery. Her dissertation focuses on the haunting trope resultant from repressed slave historical pasts. She reads the concepts of the archive, memory, trauma and hauntology in post-apartheid literature as an embodiment of a silenced history of slavery in the post-apartheid nation.

Her master’s thesis in Literature (University of Nairobi) raised awareness to the subjectivity of girls from a slum area in Nairobi to the access of secondary school education through the scripting of the play Water but Wine.