Staff Profiles

Dr. Modimothebe MAUDE Dikobe


Faculty of Humanities


Senior Lecturer

Location: Block 217 Room 10
Phone: 355-2185
Email Dr. Modimothebe MAUDE Dikobe

PhD African Diaspora Studies (University of California Berkeley) 2003

M.A. Afro-American Studies, (University of California, Los Angeles) 1991

B.A. Humanities (University of Botswana ) 1984

Post  Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Botswana) 1984 





Dr. Maude Modimothebe Dikobe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English where she teaches literature and the expressive arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. She holds an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from (UCLA) and a PhD in African Diaspora Studies from (UC Berkeley), where she was a Fulbright scholar. She has written several journal articles on; the African Diaspora and its discontents, gender and performance in music and dramatic texts, especially the contested identities of women in popular culture, gender and power dynamics, the culture of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in different settings. Her publications include her book, Doing She Own Thing: Gender Performance and Subversion in Trinidad Calypso (2009), which unpacks the performance of sexualities in Trinidad Carnival. She has also served as the Chairperson of the University of Botswana Gender Policy Programme Committee (GPPC). She is a gender activist, researcher who gets invited to different situations to give talks on gender issues both in the Botswana and in the region. She has served as one of the Botswana scholars who were part of the Botswana delegation tasked to draft and finalize the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. On the creative front, she likes writing poetry.  Has served on several editorial Boards, Frontiers, Marang  and  Journal of Multicultural Discourses,  and reviewed articles for some most of the journals at UB, such as Pula.

Literary Theory and Criticism 

Comparative Literature ( Afro-American Literature and Caribbean Literature) 

Gender Theories 

Gender Issues in African Literature 

African-American Dramatic and Performance Literature 

Prison Writing in Africa and the African Diaspora 

Third World Cinema 

Gender Performance 

Identity politics in select texts from Africa, Caribbean and the African Diaspora. 

Literature and society 

Gender Policy and Development in Botswana. 

The impact of the prison complex on men and women in different prison memoirs.

Gender and language in literary text and popular music. 

 Gender, violence and rape in  Botswana.

Political representation and gender issues in Botswana  


African Diaspora Studies 

Feminist writing and theory. 

African American Literature 

Caribbean literature 

Third World Cinema 

Performance and drama in African American literature.

Human Rights and Culture 

Gender and political representation 

Creative and Cultural industries in Botswana 



Dikobe, M.M. (2009). "Doing She Own Thing": Gender Performance and Subversion in Trinidad Calypso. Kohln. Germany: Lambert Publishing.

Chapter in a Book: 

Dikobe, M.M.  (2010) " Human Rights and Cultural Responsibilities: Women and Cultural Minorities in Popular Arts."Proceedings of the 1st Euro-African Campus for Cultural Cooperation. Ed. Jordi Balta, Published by Spanish Agency (AEICD), Spain, pp. 179-187.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Dikobe, M.M. (2012).  Imagined Communities: The African Diaspora and Its Discontents. Marang: Journal of English and Literature. pp. 83-96. 

Dikobe, M.M. (2009). "Mwikisa P.W. and Dikobe, M.M.. "Stories, Literature and Culture as Sources of Indigenous Insights in Peace Building." Journal of Peace Building and Development. Vol.4. No. 3. pp46-56. 

Dikobe, M.M. (2007). "Historical Culture of Gender and Heterosexual Violence in Trinidad".  Gender and Media Diversity Journal. Issue 3. pp.117-126

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