Sanja Nivesjö

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House, Room 209


Current positions

Postdoctoral researcher


I am a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Swedish Research Council and placed at University of Salford and at Uppsala University, Sweden. My current research project concerns the depiction of interracial love in literature from South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1900-1950. I obtained my PhD from Stockholm University, Sweden and Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany in 2020 with the dissertation Dis-placed Desires: Space and Sexuality in South African Literature.


I teach on the following modules:



Post/colonial African Literatures (Level 6)



Writing, Sex, and Gender (Level 7)

Regional and World Literatures (Level 7)

Research Interests

My general research interests are in African literature, South African literature, Zimbabwean literature, queer theory, sexuality and gender studies, critical race studies, and theories of space and temporality.

I am currently engaged in a three-year project (Sept 2021- Sept 2024) funded by the Swedish Research Council looking at the representation of interracial love in Southern African literature from the first half of the twentieth century. I am affiliated with the South African Modernism project.

My doctoral research focused on questions of sexuality and space in South African 20th and 21st-century literature. It identified the entanglement of space and sexuality as a trope in South African literature which responds to the country’s history of colonial and apartheid racial segregation and prohibition of interracial sex. I speak about this research here.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BA English, Uppsala University
  • MA hons International Relations and Spanish, University of St Andrews
  • MA Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture, University of Sussex
  • PhD English, Stockholm University & Justus-Liebig University Giessen