We are very pleased to announce that the proceedings of the first AFRASO conference in 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, edited by Arndt Graf and Azirah Hashim have just been published.
Sissy Helff is an anglicist with a broad range of interests in Anglophone world literature, postcolonial and transcultural studies, visual culture, history and politics. Her most recent book, entitled "Unreliable Truths: Transcultural Homeworlds in Indian Women’s Fiction of the Diaspora’" is an overview of Indian diasporic women writing from around the world including South Africa. In addition to her work at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Sissy Helff has been working as a journalist for development matters and cultural diplomacy. She is one of the founding members of cultural project migration and media: http://www.migrationandmedia.com
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(2012) "The Missing Link: Transculturation, Hybridity and/or Transculturality?," in: Literature for Our Times. Bill Ashcroft, Julie McGonegal, Ranjini Mendis, and Arun Mukherjee (eds.). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 187-202.
(2012) "Ambiguous Gestures, Ambivalent Images. Migratory Aesthetics and Contemporary Photography," in: Shoe Shop. Marie-Hélèn Gutberlet et al. (eds.) Johannesburg: Jacana Media, 189-199.
(2011) Die Kunst der Migration. Aktuelle Positionen zum europäisch-afrikanischen Diskurs. Material – Gestaltung – Kritik. (with Marie-Hélèn Gutberlet (eds.): Kultur- und Medientheorie. Bielefeld: transcript. ISBN 978-3-8376-1594-4
(2008) "Shifting Perspectives: The Transcultural Novel," in: Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities. Frank Schulze-Engler und Sissy Helff (eds.). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 75-89.
(2007) "Lesbian Imaginative Spaces in Indian Fiction: Transgressions and Transculturality," (with Vera Alexander) Muse India March-April Issue 12, ISSN 0975-1815, www.museindia.com.
(2007) "Signs Taken For Truth: Orchestrating Transcultural Aesthetics through Narrative Unreliability," in: Proceedings of the Conference of the German Association of University Teachers of English Vol XXIX. Sabine Volk-Birke und Julia Lippert (eds.). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 277-288.
(2007) "Grenzräume und Grenzerfahrung in der Indischen Diasporaliteratur Afrikas," (with Vera Alexander) in: Grenzen ohne Fächergrenzen - Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen. Bärbel Kuhn, Martina Pitz und Andreas Schorr (eds.). St. Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 11-25.
(2006) "The Politics of Shifting Boundaries in Moyez G. Vassanji's The Gunny Sack and Farida Karodia's Other Secrets," (with Vera Alexander) in: Africa, Europe and (Post)colonialism: Racism, Migration and Diaspora. Susan Arndt und Marek Spitczok von Brisinski (eds.). Bayreuth: African Studies Series, 327-342.