Dr. Shola (Olorunshola) Adenekan (Wiss. Mitarbeiter)

Linguistic and Literary Studies

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Curriculum Vitae

Academic Vita:

Since November 2015 Researcher in African Literature and Culture, Faculty 10, Universität Bremen
2013 – 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher in African Studies, BIGSAS, Universität Bayreuth
2008 – 2012 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
2007 – 2012 PhD Candidate, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Journalism Vita:

2002 – 2013 Freelance Journalist for Jobs.ac.uk, BBC News Online, The Guardian (London) and the Christian Science Monitor (Boston)
2006 – Present Publisher, The New Black Magazine – www.thenewblackmagazine.com


2011 – Present Editorial Board Member: Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture

Teaching: University of Bremen

Summer 2016

Introduction to African Literature and Culture

Winter 2016/17

The Postcolonial World in Literature and Film: Africa

Summer 2017

The Empire Writes Back: Colonial and Postcolonial Subjects in Black British Literature

West African Female Writers

Research Interests:

African literature; African Studies; African Cinemas; Caribbean Literature; Queer Theory; African History; Yoruba Religions in the Americas; Sex, the Body and the African Worldview; New Media Fiction; Digital Media; Feminist Theory; Gender Politics; and Media Representations.

Current Research:

Using literature and the performing arts as case studies, my current research is focusing on class consciousness in Africa and how this is linked to sexuality, gender and politics. I want to show the way in which these elements are essential to our understanding of a history of marginalization and privilege. News media reports of Africa’s rising middle classes, and of course, stories of poverty and diseases, merit an articulation of a history of social privilege and marginalization. Furthermore, the political and economic turbulence of the past three decades have led to an increase in migration to Europe and North America, and at the core of this migration is the issue of class. I want to argue that we cannot fully comprehend these factors without looking at social status as captured by the genres of literature and the performing arts, as these artistic endeavours robustly capture lived experience and in turn they mould these discourses. The plan is to address an under-study of class in Africa, and therefore, my overarching objective is to turn this research into a second monograph.

Current research work is building on a monograph in progress, which examines technological production of classed and sexualised bodies in new African writing in cyberspace by some of the emerging young writers from Nigeria and Kenya.



Adenekan, Shola. African Literature in the Digital Age. Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer Publishers. Contracted and forthcoming in 2020.

Adenekan, Shola. "Gay, African, Middle-Class and Fabulous", in John C. Hawley (ed.) Queer Theory in Film & Fiction. 67-81: African Literature Today ALT 36.

Chapters in Edited Books and Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Adenekan, Shola & Cousins, Helen. 2012. ‘African Short Stories and the Online Writing Space,’ in March-Russell, P (ed.) Postcolonial Short Stories. London: Palgrave.

Adenekan, Shola. "Transnationalism and the Agenda of African Literature in a Digital Age," Ogaga Okuyade (ed.) Tradition and Change in Contemporary West and East African Fiction. 133-151: (Matatu 45; Amsterdam & New York N Y: Rodopi).

Adenekan, Shola & Cousins, Helen. 2014. ‘Class and the Online African Writing Space,’ in Postcolonial Text. Vol 9, No 3 (2014).

Adenekan, Shola. 2016. ‘New Voices in the Age of New Media: Class Consciousness and Politics in 21st Century Nigerian and Kenyan Poetry,’ Postcolonial Text. (Forthcoming).

Book Reviews:

Adenekan, Shola. 2014. Review of Koleade Odutola’s Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood, Africa: Journal of International African Institute.

Adenekan, Shola. 2014. Review of Chantal Zabus, Out in Africa: Same-sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures & Cultures, Africa: Journal of International African Institute. (In press).

Adenekan, Shola. 2014. Review of Marc Epprecht’s Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance, Africa: Journal of International African Institute. (Forthcoming).