Sean James Bosman

Sean James Bosman completed his PhD at the department in 2019, as part of Prof Sam Naidu's Intersecting Diasporas research group, for which he still serves as a Research and Administrative Assistant. 

His thesis is titled: Between Nationalism and Transnationalism: Entanglements of History, Individual Narrative, and Memory in Diaspora Spaces in Selected Transnational Fiction. It investigates fiction by Vietnamese-American, Mexican-American, and Zanzibari authors, with a particular interest in the representation of Ethical Memory in these literatures. Sean is converting this thesis to a book manuscript as part of his fellowship. These studies are made possible by the generous financial support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation.    

Sean holds a B.Journ and BA (Hons)(Eng)(with Distinctions) and an MA (Eng) from Rhodes University. He was born in Vredenburg, raised in Kimberley, educated in Grahamstown, and he worked in Johannesburg before returning to Rhodes to pursue a career in academia.  

He is a former television producer / director and has worked on projects for the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC). His DVD productions have included work for the SONY/BMG, EMI, Joyous Foundation and LME music labels. An active screenwriter, his screenplay for “Roof” was produced as an Ekasi Story by eTV; “Like Father, Like Son” was a five part mini-series produced by Mnet (starring Khanyi Mbau); and he currently works on freelance assignments for TOX Media (Pty) Ltd. and Gabaza Productions. He has been involved in development for a drama series for Netflix. Sean served as a judge for the 2016 - 2018 NFVF South African Film and Television Awards’ non-fiction category. He has previously been a Research Assistant to Professor Sunitha Srinivas in the Department of Pharmacy, focussing on the development of culturally-sensitive health literacy material.

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