(Head of Department)
Dina Ligaga has been with the department since January, 2009. She is currently head of department. She holds a PhD from Wits.
She has been journal editor of African Studies and will be joining the East African Literary and Cultural Studies journal in 2017 as editor. She is an NRF rated researcher, and has received other prestigious awards, including the African Humanities Programme award for postdoctoral research.
RESEARCH FIELDS / INTERESTS
2011 Gunner, Liz, Dina Ligaga and Dumisani Moyo (eds). Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.Edited special issues
2017 Ligaga, D. Presence, agency and popularity: Kenyan “socialites”, femininities and digital media. Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies. Vol. 2, No. 3, XX–XX http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23277408.2016.1272184 .
2014 Ligaga, Dina. Mapping emerging constructions of good time girls in Kenyan popular media. Journal of African Cultural Studies. 26 (3) (ISI-listed).
2013 Chiumbu, Sarah and Dina Ligaga. “Communities of strangerhoods?” Internet, mobile phones and the changing nature of radio cultures in South Africa. Telematics and Informatics. 30 (3), Pg. 211-288. (ISI-listed).
2012 Ligaga, Dina. ‘“Virtual expressions”: Alternative performance spaces and the staging of Kenyan cultures online’. Research in African Literatures. 43 (4). Pg. 1-16. (ISI-listed).
2009 Ligaga, Dina. Ethnic stereotypes and the ideological manifestations of ethnicity in Kenyan cyber communities. Africa Insight 39 (1), 72-85. (ISI and IBSS-listed).
2005 Ligaga, Dina. Narrativizing development in Radio drama, Tradition and realism in the Kenyan radio play ‘Ushikwapo Shikamana’. Social Identities 11 (2), 131-145. (ISI-listed).
2005 Ligaga, Dinah. Kwani? Exploring New Literary spaces in Kenya. Africa Insight 35(2), 48-52. (ISI and IBSS-listed).
2005 Ligaga, Dina. Enacting the quotidian in Kenyan radio drama: ‘Not Now’ and the narrative of forced marriage. The Radio Journal 3(2), 107-117. (ISI-listed).
Peer-reviewed journal publications
2008 Ligaga, Dina. Retreat to Moral Space: Radio Theatre. Jahazi Vol 1(3). Pp 54-57.
Chapters in peer-reviewed books
2016 Ligaga, Dina. Writing the Postcolony: Narrative, (re) memory and the imagination in the works of Veronique Tadjo. Veronique Tadjo: Writing, translating, painting. (Eds) Sarah Davis Cordova and Desire Kabwe-Segatti.Presence Africaine Editions, Paris.
2015 Ligaga, Dina. References, traditions, continuities: History and memory in Okey Ndibe’s Arrows of Rain. Chinua Achebe's Legacy: Illuminations from Africa. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa.
2013 Dugmore, Harry and Dina Ligaga. Citizen journalism in South Africa and Kenya. The Future of Quality News Journalism: A Cross-Continental Analysis. (Eds) Peter J. Anderson, Michael Williams, George Ogola. New York: Routledge.
2012 Ligaga, Dina. (Re) producing nationalism in everyday life: a critical reading of official national narratives in Kenyan radio drama. In Ogude J., Musila G., and Ligaga D. (eds) Eastern African Intellectual Traditions: Contemporary Trends in the Eastern African Literary Landscape. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press.
2011 Ligaga, Dina. Radio Theatre: The Moral Play in the Historical Context of State Control and Censorship in Kenya. In Gunner, L., Ligaga D. and Moyo, D. (Eds) Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
2008 Ligaga, Dina. Radio Theatre: Interrogating the developmental narratives of radio drama in Kenya. In Kimani Njogu (ed). Getting Heard: Reclaiming Performance spaces in Kenya. Art,Culture and Society Vol 3. Nairobi: Twaweza Communications.
Review essays and book reviews in accredited academic journals
2011 Ligaga, Dina. ‘Re-imagining and re-writing the legend of Queen Pokou: A review of Veronique Tadjo’s English translation of Reine Pokou’, African Identities.Vol. 9, No. 4, 483–487 (Review essay).
2009 Ligaga, Dina. Blind Voices: A collection of radio plays. The English Academy Review. Vol 26, No. 2, 117-121. (Book review).
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