Natasha Himmelman

viad-watermarked-bwResearch Associate at The Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD)
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
University of Johannesburg

(MPhil in African Literature and Culture, University of Cape Town, 2006)

Natasha Himmelman is a Puerto Rican researcher/educator raised in New Jersey. She is committed to a particular decolonization of knowledge that labors against homogenization, aspiring for horizontal polyvalences and the legitimization of multiple ways of knowing and being. It is through this lens that Natasha participates in Africa and African Diaspora centered projects that privilege a sociopolitical consciousness and engagement with artistic and cultural spaces. She is currently completing her PhD in the Department of African Literature at the University of Witwatersrand.




Book Chapters
Garuba, Harry and Natasha Himmelman. “The Cited and the Uncited: Towards an Emancipatory Reading of Representations of Africa in Recent Hollywood Films.” Hollywood’s Africa After 1994. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012.

O’Connell, Siona and Natasha Himmelman. “Lessons in Continued Oppression.” Mail & Guardian, 29 Apr 2011.

Himmelman, Natasha. “Translating Matigari: An Interview with Spanish Translator Rafael Segovia.” Research in African Literatures, Vol. 40 Issue 4, 2009.

Himmelman, Natasha and Emma O’Shauhnessy. “Ajenda Africa: (re) imagining African Studies,” postamble, Vol. 6 Issue 1, 2010, pp. 1-3.

Himmelman, Natasha and Danai Mupotsa. “(Product)Red: (re)Branding Africa?” Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 2 Issue 6, 2008, pp. 1-13.

Ralphs, Gerard, Louise Green, Eva Franzidis, Emma O’Shaughnessy, Natasha Himmelman, Rushil Ranchod, Grace Ayensu, Anne Viken, and Bongani Kona. “Biko, Black Consciousness and the Public Intellectual: Challenges for a Post-Independent Africa.” postamble, Vol. 3 Issue 2, 2007, pp. 1-3.

Franzidis, Eva, Natasha Himmelman, Gerard Ralphs, Rushil Ranchod, Daniel Steyn, and Monique Whitaker. “Leadership and Identity.” postamble, Vol. 2 Issue 2, 2006, pp. 1-3.

Green, Louise, Eva Franzidis, Natasha Himmelman, Anna Luty, Noëleen Murray, Rushil Ranchod, Daniel Steyn, Monique Whitaker, and Kim Wildman. “Perspectives on ‘postamble.’” postamble, Vol. 2 Issue 1, 2006, pp. 1-2.

Himmelman, Natasha, Anna Luty, Noëleen Murray, Kim Wildman, and Monique Whitaker. “Repositioning the Prefix: Post-Graduate Studies and the Post-Colony.” postamble, Vol. 1 Issue 2, 2006, pp. 1-3.

Himmelman, Natasha. “Writing Madness: Borderlines of the Body in African Literature.” English Academy Review, Vol. 27 Issue 1, May 2010.

“Book Review: The Last Villains of Molo.” postamble, Vol. 5 Issue 1, 2009.

“The Place of Tears: The Novel and Politics in Modern Zimbabwe.” Africa, Vol. 78 Issue 4, 2008, pp. 624-625, 2p.

“Ngugi wa Thiong’o Speaks: Interviews with the Kenyan Writer.” Africa, Vol. 78 Issue 3, 2008, pp. 472-474, 3p.

“Critical Essays on Bessie Head/Emerging Perspectives on Bessie Head.” Africa, Vol. 77 Issue 2, 2007, pp. 284-
286, 3p.

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