Dr. Mandisi Majavu


Phone: + 27 (0) 603 8807
Email: m.majavu@ru.ac.za

BA (Unisa), BA Honours (UCT), MA (UCT), PhD (University of Auckland)


Dr Mandisi Majavu is a senior lecturer in the department. His research investigates the political history of racial formation in South Africa. Dr Majavu’s scholarship investigates the intricacies of racial formation across space and time, ranging from white racism and racial formation in South Africa to anti-black racism in Australia and New Zealand, from white missionaries and Christianity in 19th century South Africa to race and liberalism, from gender and race in sports to the black diaspora. He focuses on the way in which these narratives intersect. Dr Majavu is author of the book ‘Uncommodified Blackness’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Research interests

  • Racism in South Africa, 17th century – 21st century
  • Histories of racism
  • Imperial Liberalism and Race
  • Medieval Europe and Race
  • Black Church Movements and Ethiopianism
  • White Missionaries and Christianity in 19th century South Africa
  • Race, Gender, and Sport
  • Black Diaspora
  • Immigration and Refugees
  • Blackness



Majavu, M. (2017). Uncommodified Blackness: The African Male Experience in Australia and New Zealand. Palgrave Macmillan UK. http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319513249

Pissarra, M.,Goniwe, T. & Majavu, M. (Eds.) (2011). Visual Century: South African Visual Art in Context, Book IV. Johannesburg: Wits University Press. https://witspress.co.za/catalogue/visual-century/

Journal articles

Webster, K.; Asquith, A.; Cardow, A.; Rohan, M.; Majavu, M. (2019). Auckland New Zealand - Fair Game for Party Politics. Journal: Local Government Studies.

Majavu, M. (2018). The “African gangs” narrative: Associating Blackness with criminality and other anti-Black racist tropes in Australia. African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/17528631.2018.1541958

Majavu, M. (2018). The whiteness regimes of multiculturalism: The African Male Experience in Australia. The Journal of Asian and African Studies, 53 (2): 187 - 200.

Majavu, M. (2018). The representation of African civil wars in Australian and New Zealand refugee scholarship. The Journal of Pan African Studies, (11) 2.

Book chapters

Majavu, M. (2021). ‘Kantsaywhere’: Black African women inside the Australian racial crucible. In Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis!, edited by Z. Luna & W. Pirtle. Routledge.



Majavu, M. (2020). The White International: ‘The cause of the white man on the Pacific coast’. In Routledge Handbook on Africana Criminology, edited by Biko Agozino, Viviane Saleh-Hanna, Nontyatyambo Dastile and Emmanuel Onyeozili.



Edited and co-edited journal issues

Choudry, A., Wood, L., & Majavu, M. (Issue Editors). (2013). Anticolonial and postcolonial movements. Interface, Vol. 5 (1). http://www.interfacejournal.net/2013/05/interface-volume-5-issue-1-anticolonial-and-postcolonial-movements/

Policy briefs

Nakhid, C., Azanaw, L. Essuman, K., Ghebremichael, N., Kamau, M. M. K., Kayitesi, T., Majavu, M., et al. (2016). African youth: Experiences with the police and The New Zealand Justice System. African Communities Forum. Available: http://www.acofi.org.nz/

Non-schorlarly publications

Michael Albert & Mandisi Majavu. (2012). Occupy Theory: Understanding society and future. Boston: Z Publications.

Majavu, M. (2008). Africa: Life After Colonialism. In C. Spannos (ed.), Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century, (112 – 129). AK Press: Oakland.

Majavu, M. (2006). Debt, Reforms, and Social Services in Africa. In P. S. Rothenberg (ed.), Beyond Borders: Thinking Critically About Global Issues, (507 – 509). Worth Publishers: New York.

Book reviews

Majavu, M. (2017). Playing while white: privilege and power on and off the Field. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2017.1379189

Majavu, M. (2016). One game at a time: Why sports matter. Sport in Society.  DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1165422

Majavu, M. (2015). Becoming an African diaspora in Australia: language culture, identity. Ethnic and Racial Studies.  DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1011181

Majavu, M. (2014). Bad news for refugees. Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol 27 (2).

Majavu, M. (2014). Refuge New Zealand: A nation's response to refugees and asylum seekers. The Australasian Review of African Studies, Vol. 36 (2).

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