The Commune invites you to a celebration discussion focussing on Female Fear Factory by Pumla Dineo Gqola, winner of this year’s HSS Award for Best Non-Fiction Monograph.
Female Fear Factory is an insightful and sobering account of global patriarchal violence while it simultaneously offers a hopeful vision through the eyes of an unapologetic feminist.
Author: Pumla Dineo Gqola is a feminist writer and Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies. She is the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in African Feminist Imagination at Nelson Mandela University. Her books are: What is slavery to me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa (Wits University Press, 2010), A Renegade called Simphiwe (MF Books/Jacana, 2013) Rape: A South African Nightmare (MF Books/Jacana, 2015), Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist (MF Books/Jacana, 2017), Miriam Tlali: Writing Freedom (HSRC Press, 2021) and Female Fear Factory (MF Books/NB, 2021; Cassava Republic Press, 2022)
Discussant/Facilitator: Angelo Fick is the Director of Research at the Auwal Socioeconomic Research Institute (ASRI) in Johannesburg. He has written widely on post-millennial post-apartheid South Africa’s political economy, and remains interested in broader issues of justice, freedom, and equality. His work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Funambulist Magazine (Paris), Women Writing Africa (Feminist Press and CUNY), Cuba Counterpoints, The Johannesburg Review of Books and English in Africa.