lic. phil. Olivier Moreillon
Doktorand und Lehrbeauftragter (Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Lecturer)
Olivier Moreillon studied History as well as English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Zurich and graduated in 2009. Already while studying, he taught at the Vocational School for Qualified Retail Assistants in Zurich before taking up a teaching position at the High School in Baden in 2012. In autumn of the same year, he was admitted into the Doctoral Programme of Literary Studies at the University of Basel and was awarded a one-year start-up funding grant. Since 2014 he has been holding a Doc.CH scholarship endowed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS). His fieldwork in South Africa, is funded both by the “City in Flux”-Programme of the Swiss South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP) as well as the SNFS.
Olivier’s PhD-project, supervised by Prof. Therese Steffen, Prof. Ina Habermann (University of Basel) and Prof. Lindy Stiebel (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban), is entitled “Cities in Flux: Capetonian and Durbanite Literary Topographies”. The project analyses the representation of Capetonian and Durbanite city spaces in South African literature since 2000 (for further information see project website).
Fields of specialisation in research and/or teaching
South African literature and theory, postcolonial theory, theories of space and place, world literature, intersectionality, fantasy and science fiction