Deborah Nyangulu
Deborah Nyangulu

Professur für English Studies: New English Literatures and Media Studies (Prof. Stein)

Johannisstraße 12-20, Room 307
48143 Münster

Phone: +49 251 83-24823

Consultation hours: By appointment via email. Appointments on Fridays are not possible.

External Profile:
  • Research Areas

    • Literary and Cultural Studies
    • Contemporary African Literature & African Studies
    • Masculinities and Power
    • Social Media and Social Protests
    • Critical Theory
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Big Man Aesthetics: Masculinity, Power, and Contemporary African Literature


    Deborah Nyangulu filed her PhD thesis at WWU Münster in August 2018. Her transdisciplinary thesis broadens the scope of masculinity studies and examines the trope of the Big Man in its transnational, transcultural, and transcontinental manifestations. Drawing on both popular and academic discourses as well as on contemporary African Literature, the study engages with the intersections of constructions of manhood, power relations, and cultural representations.   

  • CV


    DPhil, English Philology (University of Münster WWU)
    MA, National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (University of Münster, WWU)
    BA, Humanities (University of Malawi, Chancellor College)
    Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE)


    Lecturer, English Department (University of Münster)
    Senior Reporter/Columnist, Blantyre Newspapers Ltd.
    Reporter, Blantyre Newspapers Ltd.
    English Teacher, Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School


    Early Career Researchers Travel Grant - Volkswagen Stiftung and German U15
    2019 Fellow - Institute for Critical Social Inquiry at the New School
    Smartnetwork Conference Support - Smartnetwork, WWU Münster
    Guest at the Graduate School Practices of Literature, WWU Münster - GSPOL, WWU Münster
    IP@WWU Research Abroad Support - WWU Graduate Centre
    WWU PhD Scholarship financed by the Sybille-Hahne Foundation
    Fellow - Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
    Büro für Gleichstellung Conference Support - Büro für Gleichstellung WWU Münster
    Büro für Gleichstellung Conference Support - Büro für Gleichstellung WWU Münster

    External functions

    African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK)
    African Literature Association (ALA)
    Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies (GAPS)
    Media Institute of Southern Africa, Malawi Chapter (Misa)
  • Projects

    • Narrating Hashtag Activism (since )
      Own funding
    • Panel Organization (P082) - (Re)Claiming Big Man: Affirming and Contesting Big Man Power in African Contexts ()
      Own funding
  • Publications

    • Espinoza Garrido, Felipe, Caroline Koegler, Deborah Nyangulu, and Mark U. Stein. . ‘African European studies as a critique of contingent belonging.’ In Locating African European Studies: Interventions, Intersections, Conversations, edited by Felipe Espinoza Garrido, Caroline Koegler, Deborah Nyangulu, and Mark U. Stein, 1-28. London & New York: Routledge.
    • Espinoza Garrido, Felipe, Caroline Koegler, Deborah Nyangulu, and Mark Stein (Eds.): . Locating African European Studies: Interventions, Intersections, Conversations. London and New York: Routledge.
    • Nyangulu, Deborah.Hashtag Activism and the Reconfiguration of Knowledge Production.’ contributed to the Positioning the Humanities in the 2020s, Hanover, Germany, . [Accepted]
    • Nyangulu, Deborah. . ‘Foreword: More Than Patriarchy.’ In Anthology 2019: Stories of the Struggle for Education and Equality in Malawi, edited by Rogers, Elizabeth, 16-18. Voice Flame.
    • Nyangulu, Deborah. . Conference Report: "Nationalism and the Postcolonial" ACOLIT – Newsletter der Gesellschaft für Anglophone Postkoloniale Studien, No. 75. Frankfurt/Main, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah. . ‘Big Men and Performances of Sovereignty in Contemporary African Novels.’ Research in African Literatures 49, No. 3: 101-115.
  • Talks

    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Hashtag Activism and the Reconfiguration of Knowledge Production’. Positioning the Humanities in the 2020s, Volkswagen Stiftung Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany, .
    • Deborah Nyangulu (): ‘The Self-help Genre and Public Intellectuals in the Digital Age’. Postcolonial Intellectuals and Their European Publics, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, .
    • Chatterjee, Sukla; Knopf, Kerstin; Nyangulu, Deborah; Quintern, Detlev (): ‘Versklavung für Baumwolle (Critical Reading & Public Discussion)’. Eine Uni- Ein Buch - Eine Stadt: Global Cotton, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Postcolonial Resurrections: Emerging Debates in the 21st Century Present’. Decolonize: Lange Nacht der Postkolonialen Perspektiven , Institut für Politikwissenschaft WWU Münster, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Bigmanism and the Aesthetics of Power’. GAPS International Conference: Nationalism and the Postcolonial, Johannes Gutenberg Mainz, Germany, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Contemporary African Literary Studies Today’. Lecture Series: African Scholars, Humboldt Haus WWU Münster, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Necropolitan Spaces in Meja Mwangi's The Big Chiefs.’ African Literature Association, Yale University, New Haven, USA, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Hero(ines)/Villains in Time of War: Affirming and Subverting Big Man Power in Dongala's Johnny Mad Dog.’ African Literature Association (ALA) 2016, Emory University and Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, USA, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Mapping a Big Man Aesthetics in Contemporary African Literature’. European Conference on African Studies (ECAS-6), Sorbonne, Paris, France, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘The Postcolonial as False Totality’. GAPS: Ideology in Postcolonial Texts and Contexts, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘"What is Africa?"’. Young Scholars' Meeting FUTURE AFRICA - Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD), University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany, .
    • Nyangulu, Deborah (): ‘Estranging a Strange Tyranny: Legson Kayira's The Detainee’. Endnotes 2014 - Strangely Familiar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, .
  • Teaching