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Siseko Kumalo

South Africa & Rhodes University, 2017

Siseko H. Kumalo is a Harvard Fellow (2023) in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he is developing a book that does a comparative analysis between the thinking of William Wellington Gqoba and Ali A. Mazrui. His PhD, in Political Philosophy, focuses on the question of belonging and national identity in South Africa. He was featured in the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans, 2020 (in the category of Education) and holds a Master of Arts (Cum Laude) in Political Philosophy from the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences. He received his formative training from Rhodes University where he read in Political and International Studies, Anthropology and Philosophy. His research and teaching interests centre around themes of education decolonisation in the South African academe. He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines. Siseko has taught at world-leading institutions, having lectured at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), under their masters in Global Health, teaching on the subject of decolonising Global Health. He works with Indigenous episteme(s) in the South African university through focusing on the intellectual contributions of Indigenous intellectuals such as SEK Mqhayi, WW Gqoba and Mazisi Kunene. He is the editor of Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience (HSRC Press), co-editor of Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education: Bringing Decolonial Theory into Contact with Teaching Practice (Routledge), and a co-guest editor of ‘Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education’, (Third World Thematics). 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. Siseko is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2017).

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