Prof Sam Naidu


Professor Sam Naidu

B.Journ (Rhodes), BA (Hons) (Rhodes), MA (Rhodes), PhD (Rhodes & SOAS, University of London), PGDHE (Rhodes)

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Teaching and Research Interests

South African/Postcolonial Crime Fiction; Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction; African Literature; Transnational Literature (Literature of the African, Latin American, and South Asian Diasporas); Postcolonial Feminist Literature; Oral/written interface in colonial South Africa; English transcriptions of Xhosa folktales; the publication and marketing of indigenous South African orature; Folklore and Ethnographic Writings of George McCall Theal; Emily Dickinson; and, Experimental Pedagogies, including the combination of Community Engagement and Literary Studies, as well as the use of yoga in tertiary education.    


Andrew W. Mellon Intersecting Diasporas Research Group

Sam is the founder and co-ordinator of the Intersecting Diasporas Research Group, which studies various transnational texts of the African, Asian, and Latin American diasporas in order to describe the complex and paradoxical experiences of diasporas in a world of increasing mobility and de-territorialism, which yet, in certain locations, also faces increased regulation or prohibition of migration.


Selected Publications

Click here for details of Sam's Published Works, or follow the link to her ORCID account, where you can follow her to be informed of upcoming and new publications: . You can also follow Sam at


Community Engagement

Together with the Makana District Friends of the Library and the Rhodes University Community Engagement Division, Sam helps establish school libraries, runs reading clubs, and facilitates literature appreciation workshops at DD Siwisa Primary, Ntsika Secondary, and Nombulelo Secondary Schools.   

In March 2018, Sam launched an official university short course called Community Engagement Reading Club Orientation (CERCO). This course falls under the auspices of the Department of Literary Studies in English and the Rhodes University Community Engagement Division.


Institutional/Professional Activities

Member of the Rhodes University Sexual Violence Task Team. See the most recent report:  

Vice-Chair of the Rhodes University Language Committee, Convener of the Annual Multilingualism Colloquium (see the website: https// See the following articles:;


Rhodes University Community Engagement Committee

Margaret and Patrick Flanagan Scholarship Committee

Editorial Board Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies

Editorial Board English in Africa

External Examiner UKZN (Pietermaritzburg), UNISA, and UNISA Gender Studies Unit, UCT and Stellenbosch University,

Reader MA in Creative Writing Programme, Rhodes University

Guest Editor Current Writing Vol 25 No 2, 2013

Guest Editor Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Spring 2016

Guest Editor Scrutiny2 August, 2019 

Resident: Department of Latina/Latino Studies, College of Ethnic Studies and Cesar E Chavez Institute, San Francisco State University (2017-2019)


Departmental Portfolios

English 2 Paper Co-ordinator - Transnational Literature

English 3 Paper Co-ordinator - Encountering African Literature

English Honours Paper Co-ordinator - Africa in the World.

Co-ordinator - Departmental Research Seminars

Member - Postgraduate Committee 


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