Michela Borzaga is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University. She studied English and Italian literature at the Universities of Salzburg, Belfast, and Stellenbosch. She holds a PhD in Anglophone literature from the University of Vienna. Her dissertation was awarded the Dr Maria Schaumayer Prize in 2018. She held positions as postdoc assistant and lecturer in English literature and culture at the University of Vienna's English Department and was Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Her research interests include critical theory, South African literature, memory and trauma studies, poetics, (post)colonial thinking, gender and motherhood studies, thing studies.
Her book, Trauma on the Move (in preparation) proposes new approaches and new critical lenses to read the South African trauma novel: lived time, spatiality, walking, things and commodities. She has co-edited Imagination in a Troubled Space: A Poetry Reader (with Dorothea Steiner; Poetry Salzburg, 2004), Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in South Africa: Interviews (with Ewald Mengel and Karin Orantes; Brill/Rodopi, 2009) and Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in South Africa: Essays (with Ewald Mengel; Brill/Rodopi, 2012).