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 current research explores the racial politics of the settler colonies of South Africa from the 19th  century into the recent past. His research ranges widely across political histories of race in settler societies such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Dr Majavu’s current philosophical research is on race, and, in particular, is focused on the question of race and liberalism, as well as the critical theorization of anti-blackness in the 21st century. He 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. (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.

Majavu, M. (2020). ‘Kantsaywhere’: Black African women inside the Australian racial crucible. In Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis!, edited by Z. Luna & W. Pirtle. Routledge.

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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