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Grant Farred




Grant Farred: PhD (Princeton University, 1997), MA (Columbia University, 1990), BA Honours, Cum laude, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 1988). He has previously taught in the Program in Literature, Duke University, Williams College and Michigan University.  He served as General Editor of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly (SAQ) from 2002 to 2010.

He has published in a range of areas, including theory, postcolonial studies, race, the formation of intellectuals, sport's theory, Cultural Studies and literary studies.

His books: Midfielder's Moment: Coloured Literature and Culture in Contemporary South Africa (Westview Press, 1999), What's My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2003), Phantom Calls: Race and the Globalization of the NBA (2006), Long Distance Love: A Passion for Football, (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2008), Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and, most recently, Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

He is working on three book length projects: Conciliation (under contract, Temple University Press), The Condemned: Lio Messi, Luis Suarez and the 2014 World Cup (under consideration, Indiana University Press) and Negro: An Essay on James Baldwin.

Farred edited Rethinking CLR James (London: Blackwell Publishers, 1996) a collection of essays on the Caribbean intellectual written by major scholars in the field of history, literary criticism and cultural studies. He co-edited Violence In/And the Great Lakes: The Thought of VY Mudimbe and Beyond Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2013).

He has edited journal special issues on post-apartheid South Africa, Frantz Fanon, Stuart Hall, Argentine politics, African philosophy and co-edited two journal issues on James Baldwin and one on Martin Heidegger’s notion of dwelling.

Languages Spoken
English and Afrikaans



  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • English

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies
  • English Language and Literature



Philosophy, thinking, politics, sport, cultural studies, theory, literature.




    Martin Heidegger Saved My Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)

    What’s My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals. (University of Minnesota Press, 2003)

    “The Fourth Spartacus” (forthcoming, Philosophy Today, 2017).