Dr Nadia Sanger





Speculative fiction in Africa

Feminist perspectives on experimental film

African feminist theory

Gender, sexuality, Politics: Debates in contemporary African contexts


Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment

Gender, sexuality and media

 Gender in South African Politics and Culture



Critical Race Studies

Film Studies

Critical Animal Studies






2017. With Benita Moolman. African feminist perspectives on race, racism and ethnicity: an anthology.

2018. On race, cultural production and imagining differently: a collection of essays.




2013. With Vasu Reddy.  Ageing and Intergenerationality, Agenda Special Issue.




2013. With Cherith Sanger. 'The Best Interests of the Child': Reflecting on the Family and the Law as Sites of Oppressive Hetero-Socialisation (pp. 50-57). In C. Lubbe-De Beer and J. Marnell (Eds.) Home Affairs: Rethinking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families. Johannesburg: Fanele and GALA.




Matters of Age: An Introduction to Ageing, Intergenerationality and Gender in Africa"Agenda: Special Issue on Ageing and Intergenerationality, 94 (2013)

'Living Ancestors': Gabrielle Le Roux in conversation with Nadia Sanger, Agenda: Special Issue on Ageing and Intergenerationality, 94 (2013)

Imagining possibilities: feminist cultural production, non-violent identities, and embracing the Other in post-colonial South Africa, African Identities, 11.1 (2013)

Review essay on Oliver Hermanus' Shirley Adams, Agenda: Gender, sexuality and commodity culture, 25. 4 (2011)

'The real problems need to be fixed first': public discourses on sexuality and gender in South Africa, Agenda:  Feminisms Today, Special Issue, 24. 83 (2010)

Challenging patriarchal scripts? A gender analysis of South Africa's community print media", Agenda: Community Media, Special Issue, 22.77 (2009)

New women, old messages? Constructions of femininities, race and hypersexualised bodies in selected South African magazines, 2003–2006, Social Dynamics, 35. 1 (2009)

'There's got to be a man in there': Reading intersections between gender, race and sexuality in South African magazines, African Identities, 6. 3 (2008)

'We cannot at any stage be seen to be political, as we are not here to engender change, but to inspire': magazine editors and notions of objectivity and neutrality, Journal of Media and Gender Diversity, 3 (2007)

Marginalized and demonized: lesbians and equality - perceptions of people in a local Western Cape community", Agenda, 67 (2007)



2014. 'On not being young black girl', ActITFem, available at http://actitfem.co.za/

2013. 'On killing Tiny Insect', femtwine: making feminist connections, available at http://femtwine.wordpress.com/

2013. Summary of report: Safely queer on the urban peripheries of Cape Town: A comparative study exploring how 'class' and space mediate sexual identities for gender non-conforming youth on the urban peripheries of Cape in South Africa. HSRC, Cape Town.

2013. "Ungrievable life",  Mail and Guardian Thoughtleader, 4 January 2013, available at http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/nadiasanger/2013/05/28/ungrievable-life/

2013. 'Love thy neighbor, love thy dog', Mail and Guardian Thoughtleader, 4 January 2013, available at http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/nadiasanger/2013/01/04/love-thy-neighbour-love-thy-dog/

2012. 'Men, dogs, violence, and fear', Mail and Guardian Thoughtleader, 7 February, available at http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/readerblog/2012/02/07/men-dogs-violence-and-fear/

2011. 'Review: Reading Zanele Muholi's Faces and Phases and Difficult Love', available at http://www.zanelemuholi.com/Review%20ZM_Nadia%20Sanger.pdf

2010. 'Women's rights and lesbian rights: feminist principles, identities, and heteronormativity in the South African women's movement', HBS Perspectives Publication Series, 04.10: 24-28.

2010. 'Animals have feelings too: the links between South African feminist thought and the subjugation of other animals', Mail and Guardian, April 9th -15th.  

2010. When nationhood is a cover for blatant homophobia, Cape Times, 5th March.

2010. With Cheryl Roberts. World Cup maketh man, not woman, Cape Argus, 3rd March.

2009. Xenophobic attitudes, gender and sexuality, HSRC Review, Vol. 7 (2): 24-25.

2009. Spotlight of curiosity shines harshly on Semenya, Cape Argus, 21st August.

2007. Scripts of Western Heteronormativity: South African 'lifestyle' Magazines and (hetero)socialisation, Sexuality in Africa Magazine, 4 (2).



2015. #SONA: the (ir)relevance of feminism 101? Panel discussion. Talking the Walk seminar, African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town

2013. Sexual politics, space and agency: discourses of gender non-conforming young people on the urban peripheries of Cape Town. University of Johannesburg Sociology, Anthropology & Development Studies, Wednesday Seminar Series


2013. Theorising intersectionality and assemblage. Panel discussion, Women's and Gender Studies Department, University of the Western Cape

2012. With Benita Moolman. 'Race, sexual desire, and identity in post-apartheid South Africa', Festival of Desire, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town

2012. 'Race and racial terminology in research', HSRC capacity building seminar, HSRC, Cape Town

2012. Thando Mgqolozana's 'A man who is not a man': scripting black masculinities through static culture, Where are all the men? Critical perspectives on masculinities, Multi-Event, University of the Western Cape

2012. Response to Lucy Graham's State of Peril: Race and Rape in South African Literature, Humanities Book Lunch, HUMA, University of Cape Town

2012. 'In the middle of the story: Reflecting on feminist theory, epistemology, and practice in engaging gender non-conforming persons on the Cape Flats communities of South Africa', 2nd International Sociology Association Forum of Sociology, Social Justice and Democratisation, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2012. "Feminist research methodologies and practice in 'the field': reflexivity, gender, class, 'race', and sexuality", 30th International Congress of Psychology Conference, International Cape Town International Convention Centre

2012. 'The role of the humanities in shaping the social sciences', A Man Who is Not a Man: Youth, masculinities, culture and the humanities, HSRC Seminar Series, HSRC, Cape Town


2011. 'The language of violence: thoughts about violence and power', Violence against Women: Post-apartheid Conversations, Loud Enuf, Gender Equity Unit and Women's and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape

2011. 'A question of liberation: Possibilities for re-thinking subjectivity and personhood in the work of South African cultural producers, Zanele Muholi and Nandipha Mntambo', Women's Studies Department, State University of New York, Albany, United States

2010. 'Public discourses on gender and sexuality in South Africa: possibilities of resistance through feminist visual cultural production', Department of Women's Studies, Penn State University, PA, United States

2008. 'Unnamed men and available women: Connecting the popular, the personal and the political in racialised hyperheterosexual representations of women in South African magazines', Gender Activism: Perspectives on the South African transition, institutional cultures and everyday life, Rosa Luxemburg Annual Seminar, The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University

2007. 'Performing heteromasculinities in South African men's magazines', Taking a hard look: Gender and Visual Culture Conference, Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Pretoria

2006. 'Whose teaching whom? Interrogating subjectivities in the teaching of literature in post-apartheid South Africa', Fulbright-Hayes Project Abroad, Program to SA Conference, University of the Western Cape

2005. 'Constructions of whiteness, gender, class and sexuality in South African English-medium men's and women's magazines', Feminist Intellectual Activism: Within and Beyond the Academy Conference, University of the Western Cape