Gabeba Baderoon is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, African Studies, and Comparative Literature and holds courtesy appointments in the Social Thought Program and the School of International Affairs. She co-directs the African Feminist Initiative at Penn State with Alicia Decker and Maha Marouan. Baderoon received a PhD in English from the University of Cape Town and has held Post-doctoral fellowships in the Africana Research Center and the “Islam, African Publics and Religious Values” Project. Among her honors are the Sarah Baartman Senior Fellowship at the University of Cape Town, an Extraordinary Professorship of English at Stellenbosch University, and fellowships at the African Gender Institute, the Nordic Africa Institute, Bellagio and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Baderoon is the author of Regarding Muslims: from Slavery to Post-Apartheid, which received the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences Best Non-fiction Monograph Award, and the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body, A hundred silences and The History of Intimacy. Her poetry has been recognized with the Daimler award, the Elisabeth Eybers Poetry Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing and a Best Poetry Book Award from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Baderoon also co-edited the award-winning essay collection, Surfacing: on Being Black and Feminist, with Desiree Lewis.
The Dream in the Next Body (Kwela/Snailpress, 2005) https://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780795701979
Gabeba’s debut collection, The Dream in the Next Body, sold out its first print run in six weeks and ultimately sold over 3000 copies. Its poems received the Daimler Award for South African Poetry in 2005.
A hundred silences (Kwela/Snailpress, 2006), https://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780795702280
This second collection explores the formal and thematic range she had established as her poetic terrain in The Dream in the Next Body. “The pen,” the final poem in A hundred silences, was the subject of an episode of Poetry Unbound. The collection was a finalist for the University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing.
The History of Intimacy (Kwela, 2018, Northwestern, 2021), https://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780795708886
The History of Intimacy was met with broad acclaim and received the Elisabeth Eybers Poetry Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing and the Best Poetry Book award from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. A US edition came out with Northwestern University Press in 2021 and features a new poem, “Green Pincushion Proteas.”
Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid (Wits, 2014), https://archivewitspress.co.za/catalogue/regarding-muslims/
Regarding Muslims engages with the colonial and contemporary archives of images of Islam in South Africa, ranging from paintings of Muslim slaves to the vibrant scope of post-apartheid literary and artistic portrayals. Regarding Muslims received a Best Non-Fiction Monograph Award from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017.
Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa (Wits, 2021), https://archivewitspress.co.za/catalogue/surfacing/
Surfacing is partly an archive and partly an inspirational source for ongoing debate and critique. The collection demonstrates that radical knowledge-making is a collaborative, interactive and continuing struggle to imagine human freedoms. Surfacing received the Best Edited Collection Award from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Science.