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Research Associate (University of Fort Hare / Harvard University)
Name: Siseko Kumalo
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About Dr Siseko Kumalo

Dr Siseko H. Kumalo, a political theorist whose work focuses on Blackness/Indigeneity in South Africa, is a Lecturer at the University of Fort Hare’s Philosophy Department. His Ph.D. examined belonging and national identity using the scholarship of two historical Black intellectuals, i.e., William Wellington Gqoba and SEK Mqhayi. He read for his Master of Arts (which was awarded Cum Laude) in Political Philosophy at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences. Formatively, Siseko  trained at Rhodes University where he read in Political and International Studies, Anthropology and Philosophy. His research and teaching interests centre around Black ontology, national culture, and emancipatory epistemologies.

He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines and has presented his research at world-leading institutions such as Duke University’s (USA) Center for International and Global Studies and Harvard University’s Center for African Studies. Siseko lectured, briefly, at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), under their masters in Global Health, teaching on the subject of decolonising Global Health. He has edited books like Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience(HSRC Press), and co-edited Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education (Routledge, UK), along with University on the Border: Crisis of Authority and Precarity (SUN Media Press). He serves on the Editorial Collective of Stilet, the Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association as well as the Literary Association of South Africa’s Executive Committee.