Colloquium with Lwazi Lushaba: 'South African Studies and the Question of Decolonisation'


Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00pm


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

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Lwazi Lushaba Lwazi Lushaba is a revolutionary intellectual. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to obtaining a PhD, he was educated in various institutions including the then University of Transkei, South Africa where he obtained an Honours degree in Politics; Ibadan University, Nigeria where he obtained an M.A. in Philosophy; Centre for Studies in Social Sciences and Culture, Kolkata, India where he successfully completed an MPhil. He has held several teaching positions at universities in Nigeria and South Africa. He currently is a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he teaches Politics. His publications include a co-edited book; ‘From National Liberation to Democratic Renaissance’ and a book titled; ‘Development as Modernity, Modernity as Development’ both published by CODESRIA. Lwazi Lushaba has been a recipient of several scholarly awards and fellowships.

Whilst at the Du Bois Institute Lwazi Lushaba will be working on a co-authored book project he is involved in. The book tentatively titled, South African Studies and the Question of Decolonisation explores the intellectual domain of South African Studies (South African Social Sciences). It seeks to examine the beginnings of and genealogies of this field, to ascertain if there is a consistent and coherent set of questions and problematics that have determined the trajectories of its discourse, and the paradigms of knowledge production that have guided its making. At the centre of the book is the thesis that if South African Studies, like colonial projects everywhere began with the ‘native question’, postapartheid South African Studies ought to have begun with the question of decolonisation.