Siseko H. Kumalo, is a PhD candidate working in the area of Political Philosophy, with a specific focus on the question of belonging and national identity in South Africa. He is a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African, 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 presented his research at world-leading institutions. He has spoken at Duke University (USA), at their Centre for International and Global Studies and further lectured at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), under their masters in Global Health, teaching on the subject of decolonising Global Health.
Siseko aims to substantively engage Indigenous epistemes 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), 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).
Refereed Journal Articles
Kumalo, S.H. 2021. ‘Contestations of Visibility – A Critique of Democratic Violence’. South African Journal of Higher Education, 35(1): 1—18. In press.
Morreira, S., Luckett, K. Kumalo, S.H. & Ramgotra, M. 2020. ‘Confronting the Complexities of Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education’. Third World Thematics, 5(1-2): 1—18.
Kumalo, S.H. 2020. ‘Resurrecting the Black Archive through the Decolonisation of Philosophy in South Africa’. Third World Thematics, 5(1-2): 19—36.
Kumalo, S.H. 2020. ‘Curriculating from the Black Archive – Marginality as Novelty’. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL), 8(1): 111—132.
Kumalo, S.H. 2020. ‘Khawuleza – An Instantiation of the Black Archive’. Imbizo: International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies,11(2): 1—21.
Kumalo, S.H. 2020. ‘Justice through Higher Education: Revisiting White Paper 3 of 1997’. Higher Education Quarterly. 00: 1—14. DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12253.
Kumalo, S.H. 2019. ‘An Afro-Communitarian Compatibilist View on Rights?’. Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 66 (159): 142—154.
Kumalo, S.H. 2019. ‘‘Authentic’ Queer Identities – Koos Prinsloo as a site of Contestation’. Journal of Literary Studies, 35(1): 80—102.
Kumalo, S.H. 2018. ‘Defining an African Vocabulary for the Exploration of Possibilities in Higher Education’. Alternation, 23: 197—223.
Kumalo S.H. & Gama, L.B. 2018. ‘Interrogating Conceptions of Manhood, Sexuality and Cultural Identity’. Image & Text, 32: 1—19.
Kumalo, S.H. 2018. ‘Epistemic Justice through Ontological Reclamation in Pedagogy: Detailing Mutual (In)Fallibility using Inseparable Categories’. Journal of Education, 72: 4—19.
Kumalo, S.H. 2018. ‘Explicating Abjection – Historically White Universities Creating Natives of Nowhere?’ Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL), 6(1): 1—17.
Almeida, S & Kumalo, S.H. 2018. ‘(De)coloniality through Indigeneity – Deconstructing Calls to Decolonise in the South African and Canadian University Contexts’. Education as Change, 22(1): 1—24
Kumalo, S.H. 2017. ‘Problematizing Development in Sustainability – Epistemic Justice through an African Ethic’. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 33: 14—24
Kumalo, S.H. (Ed.) 2021. Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience. Cape Town: HSRC Press. ISBN – 978-0-7969-2600-5.
Morreira, S., Luckett, K., Kumalo, S.H., & Ramgotra, M. (Eds.) Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education: Bringing Decolonial Theory into Contact with Teaching Practice. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN – 978-0-367-74732-9.
Lange, L., Reddy, V. & Kumalo, S.H. (Eds.) 2021. University on the Border: Thinking the Crisis of Authority. Stellenbosch: SUN Media Press. Under review.
Kumalo, S.H. 2021. ‘Educational Desire as the South African Epistemic Decolonial Turn’. In Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience,pp. 1—22. In Siseko H. Kumalo (Ed). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Kumalo, S.H. 2021. ‘Socratic Social Criticism in Higher Education’. In Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience, pp. 90—113. In Siseko H. Kumalo (Ed). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Kumalo, S.H. 2021. ‘Futurity, Decolonisation and the Academy – Where to from Here?’. In Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience, pp. 196—205. In Siseko H. Kumalo (Ed). Cape Town: HSRC Press.
Kumalo, S.H. & Reddy, V. 2021. ‘Concluding Chapter: Precarious Authority and the Future of the University’. In University on the Border: Thinking the Crisis of Authority. Lis M. Lange, Vasu Reddy and Siseko H. Kumalo (Eds). Stellenbosch: SUN Media Press. (Under Review)
Kumalo, S.H. 2021. “Epistemic Restitution – Delimiting between the Contestations and positing a way Forward in African Epistemology”. In Handbook of African Philosophy: Traditional and Emerging Subject Areas. Elvis Imafidon (ed). New York: Springer. Commissioned Chapter.
International Speaking Record
Kumalo, S.H. 2021. ‘Using Intellectual Histories to Rethink the Black Archive in South Africa and Beyond’. Seminar presented at the Critical Internationalization Studies Network. January 29. https://criticalinternationalization.net/events/virtual-network-meetings/.
Kumalo, S.H. 2020. ‘Revealing the Power of Language and Developing Theory from Historical Artefacts’. Seminar presented at the Centre for International and Global Studies, Duke University – Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. September 15. https://igs.duke.edu/events/revealing-power-language-and-developing-theory-historical-artifacts
Kumalo, S.H. 2020. ‘Decolonising Global Health: An Act of Democratisation’. Introduction to Global Health Lecture Series, presented at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. September 10.
Public Speaking Engagements
2020. ‘African Gold: Appropriations and Misappropriations of Culture’. Javett UP Art Centre. https://javettup.art/events/african-gold-appropriations-and-misappropriations-of-culture. September 11.
2020. ‘Unsettling Paradigms in the Fault lines of Change: Re-Imagining Curriculum’. Teaching and Learning Strategy Group, Universities South Africa. https://www.usaf.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TLSG-Webinar-Invitation-and-Programme.pdf. September 7.
2020. ‘Understanding and Locating the History of Violence and Modes of Mourning’. Javett UP Art Centre in Collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences – University of Pretoria. https://javettup.art/events/understanding-and-locating-the-history-of-violence-and-modes-of-mourning. August 28.
2020. ‘Curation, Museums, and Art: Thinking through the Art of Monstrous Men’. Javett UP Arts Centre in Collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences – University of Pretoria. https://javettup.art/events/curation-museums-and-art-thinking-through-the-art-of-monstrous-men. August 14.
2020. ‘Democracy and Policy, Language and Public Narratives: Interrogating Contemporary Definitions?’. Javett UP Arts Centre in Collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences – University of Pretoria. https://javettup.art/events/democracy-and-policy-language-and-public-narratives-interrogating-contemporary-definitions. June 24.
2020. ‘Guernica Conversations’. Javett UP Arts Centre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CUZNPZiqpY&fbclid=IwAR1nOWjYM4liSO_0p_f3DI25rOHALZ0a_61MRNLalkeJHc6RtqjhtZSi5aM. Published June 16.
2020. ‘George Floyd’s Death: Race solidarity in the US, towards a unified society’. PowerTalk – PowerFM: https://omny.fm/shows/powertalk-archive/george-floyd-s-death-race-solidarity-in-the-us-tow?fbclid=IwAR2Zf0rwja4BBeXtnh9QEjL9J5Xt8ZjGou2_HGiTnkdyjaPI39ZmmB4Wdp0. Published on June 4.
2020. ‘How does the National Assembly keep the Executive in check during Covid-19?’. PowerTalk – PowerFM: https://omny.fm/shows/powertalk-archive/how-does-the-national-assembly-keep-the-executive?fbclid=IwAR0vmbV_R2sCYh3SkgkAHcbGIhjaweBoRWonw5KTljp5_AbnbjV4QVX8xRw. Published on April 21.
2020. ‘Covid-19 lockdown: ‘Military brutality against citizens a ticking time bomb’’. PowerTalk – PowerFM: https://omny.fm/shows/powertalk-archive/covid-19-lockdown-military-brutality-against-citiz?fbclid=IwAR3rxy9igEN5Da8F5wLkvH0cgL6l_EVsQEkwxk1mO8dC42cTADJIDYQCEDw. Published April 1.