Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Sabelo J Ndlovu-Gatsheni
University of Bayreuth · Chair in Epistemologies of the Global South

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January 2016 - December 2018
University of South Africa
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Publications (146)
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The reworlding of the world from the Global South directly challenges the resilient coloniser’s model of the world. The coloniser’s model of the world sustains the contemporary hierarchical and asymmetrical modern world system with Europe and North America at its apex of power. Consequently, reworlding from the Global South materialised as a counte...
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, charismatic and iconic, is a product of his time and can only be understood within the context of the social movements that he belonged to and led. Thus, this article locates Mandela within the local and global context in which he emerged while at the same time making sense of his instrumental interventions and nationalis...
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This special issue is part of the collaborative research project initiated by the Chair in Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa, based at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, and the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), based at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. The collaborative project is entitle...
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This Structured Conversation on the relevance and role of the contemporary university took place between Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni – two of the world’s most prominent thinkers on decolonisation. The discussion was moderated by Crain Soudien.
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This article analyses the complementarity of Marxism (the democratic version of the 21st century) and decolonization (the radical decoloniality of the 21st century) as living theories and true ideas of liberation. Its focus is on the articulations of Marxism and Black liberation by such selected Black figures such as Aime Cesaire, Abdel Khaliq Mahg...
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This paper is a response to Matthias Basedau's article published in issue 55/2020 of the present journal. At a time when African Studies scholarship is rising beyond the flogging of dead horses, certain strands in the field in Germany seem to ignore much of the valuable scholarship and intellectual contributions by excellent African and non-African...
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This chapter articulates the contributions of Olof Palme to the struggles for justice and peace. Its entry point is the broader issue of the constitution of the political in Western political thought predicated on such elements as the paradigm of difference (racism), the will to power, and the paradigm of war (homo polemos/warrior tradition/friend-...
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A cognitive empire which operated through invasion of the mental universes of its victims as well as through removal of existing hard disks of African memory and loading of European memory is not only in crisis but is succumbing to resurgent decolonization struggles and insurgent epistemologies of the South. Consequently, Eurocentric knowledge and...
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Precolonial migrations from South Africa to other parts of southern Africa which include Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, for example, Mzilikazi Ndebele, Zwangendaba Ngoni and Gaza Kingdom of Soshangane
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Samir Amin’s legacy of deployment of Marxist science, dedication to pan-Africanism and commitment to revolutionary liberation of the global South from imperialism and capitalism is re-evaluated from an epistemological vantage point. This is necessary because Amin raised fundamental epistemological issues as he challenged the discipline of economics...
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At the centre of the debates on internationalisation one can notice tensions between the agenda of completing the incomplete project of modernity, which dovetails into the current hegemonic neoliberal capitalist globalisation with its �global turn� towards the creation of �global� universities; and the resurgent and insurgent agenda of completing t...
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Can Africans create African futures within a modern world system structured by global coloniality? Global coloniality is a modern global power structure that has been in place since the dawn of Euro-North American-centric modernity. This modernity is genealogically and figuratively traceable to 1492 when Christopher Columbus claimed to have discove...
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The problem of the 21st century in the knowledge domain is best rendered as the ‘epistemic line’. It cascades directly from William E B Dubois’s ‘colour line’ which haunted the 20th century and provoked epic struggles for political decolonisation. The connection between the ‘colour line’ and the ‘epistemic line’ is in the racist denial of the human...
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This article offers a provisional decolonial reading of the crisis created by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The article performs five interrelated tasks. The first task addresses the question of knowledge and theorizing during exceptional moments. A decolonial case is made for seeking mitigations and solutions to COVID-19 based on t...
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Without delving deeper into the complex, perennial and mutating ‘national question’, it would be impossible to understand why transitional politics in Zimbabwe are hostage to a particular articulation of the idea of Zimbabwe. The chapter provides a detailed exposition of the Zimbabwean national question as an encapsulation of the key issues that de...
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This introductory chapter introduces the complex political culture of Zimbabwe, which is based on a combination of colonial and anti-colonial politics. It shows how the idea of Zimbabwe was conceived and how ‘the political’ was constituted with problems at its heart. It proceeds to explain how postcolonial Zimbabwe was born with a very bad birthmar...
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What has been the contribution of African intellectuals to postcolonial and decolonial scholarship? This question arises because there is emphasis on privileging works of Diasporic scholars from the Middle East and South Asia for postcolonialism and Diasporic scholars from South America for decoloniality/decolonisation. This article contributes to...
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Decolonization has reemerged as a compelling vision of a better future.
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This book is the first to tackle the difficult and complex politics of transition in Zimbabwe, with deep historical analysis. Its focus is on a very problematic political culture that is proving very hard to transcend. At the center of this culture is an unstable but resilient ‘nationalist-military’ alliance crafted during the anti-colonial liberat...
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Decolonizing research methodology is a vast and complex task of undoing its dirty history. The dirty history is so hidden within research methodology that only a careful decolonial mind can unmask and reveal it. This task of decolonizing research methodology lies at the core of struggles for epistemic freedom involving rethinking and unthinking dom...
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The ‘Bandung spirit of decolonization’ pre-dates and post-dates the physicality of the Bandung Conference of 1955. The concept of the ‘spirit’ encapsulates a melange of resistance and struggles against colonial encounters, colonialism, and coloniality—going as far back as the time of the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804). This article posits that to g...
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918–2013) attained worldwide recognition through dedicatinghis life to the decolonial struggle for freedom and peace. His life of struggle and legacy reflecta deep commitment to nationalist decolonial humanism as n antidote to racist/imperial/colonial/apartheid dehumanization. Mandela’s politics and philosophy of liberat...
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This article is a critical reflection on Nelson Mandela’s changing idea of South Africa as reflected in his widely known autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. It seeks to understand how he worked towards laying down a profound post-racial humanism based on a broader inclusive South African nationalism that transcended the narrow and exclusionist raci...
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University institutional cultures Decolonisation of South African universities Toxic cultures Stress at Universities
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Decoloniality names the decolonization of the twenty-first century that is ranged against the ‘metaphysical empire’, compared to the decolonization of the twentieth century that targeted the ‘physical empire’. The ‘metaphysical empire’ co-exists with the ‘commercial- non-territorial-military empire’ with its insatiable appetite for strategic econom...
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The specter of “difference” has been haunting the modern world since the time of colonial encounters. The paradigm of the “One,” which portended the death of difference and diversity, is equally problematic. Consequently, the modern world faces resilient and paradoxical notions of a world without difference, which continues to throw up toxic identi...
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This chapter considers the issue of recentering Africa is IR by rejecting calls for “bringing Africa back in.” It argues that Africa does not need to be brought back in, for the continent is already integral to colonial-capitalist modernity and its violent processes of domination and exploitation. What is needed, instead is, it suggests, a displace...
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This chapter underscores how the crisis of ideas continues to make it difficult for African leaders to rethink and redefine postcolonial border regimes in such a way that they facilitate pan-Africanism. There is urgent need for a paradigm shift in understanding the purpose of borders, meaning of nation, notions of belonging and criteria of citizens...
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This chapter by the historians Busani Mpofu and Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni compares Joshua Nkomo and Nelson Mandela as they belonged to the group of the first generation of African nationalists to fight anti-colonial struggles that eventually led to the black majority in Zimbabwe and South Africa, respectively. They posit that Nkomo and Mandela’s ov...
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This introductory chapter introduces the shifting invocations of nationalism underpinning the changing political identities of Nkomo as one of the leading Zimbabwean nationalist leaders. It tracks the changing representations of Nkomo across the colonial and post-colonial history of Zimbabwe, noting that his death on the 1st of July 1999 became an...
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This book is a pioneering study of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, a Zimbabwean nationalist whose crucial role in the country’s anti-colonial struggle has largely gone unrecognized. These essays trace his early influence on Zimbabwean nationalism in the late 1950s and his leadership in the armed liberation movement and postcolonial national-building processe...
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The decolonial departure point of this article is that every human being is born into a valid and legitimate knowledge system. This means that African people had their own valid and legitimate indigenous systems of education prior to colonisation. However, the dawn and unfolding of Eurocentric modernity through colonialism and imperialism unleashed...
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The University in South Africa became a key site of struggles in 2015. Faculty and university leadership as well as the government were taken by surprise as students joined the ‘insurgent citizens’ (Brown, 2015), demanding immediate decolonization of the university. What began as Rhodes Must Fall Movement (RMF) targeting Cecil John Rhodes’s statue...
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A significant contribution to the emerging literature on decolonial studies, this concise and forcefully argued volume lays out a groundbreaking interpretation of the "Mandela phenomenon." Contrary to a neoliberal social model that privileges adversarial criminal justice and a rationalistic approach to war making, Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni identifi...
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The idea of politics of life is well-articulated by the Latin American philosopher and historian Enrique Dussel in his Twenty Theses on Politics (2008). In this work, the politics of liberation is understood as “politics of life with others and for others” (Mendieta 2008: viii). It is a politics that is formulated and thought of from the “underside...
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Zimbabwe has never had meaningful and comprehensive programmes to provide justice in the many issues that cascade from conflict and violence in the nation. What has been done, amounts to armistices rather than transitional justice mechanisms. Consequently, Zimbabwe has not seriously dealt with the primary sources of conflict and violence that date...
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Decoloniality is not only a long-standing political and epistemological movement aimed at liberation of (ex-) colonized peoples from global coloniality but also a way of thinking, knowing, and doing. It is part of marginalized but persistent movements that merged from struggles against the slave trade, imperialism, colonialism, apartheid, neo-colon...
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This article provides a fresh decolonial reading of Nelson Mandela’s political life and legacy as an embodiment of critical decolonial ethics of liberation that is opposed to imperial/colonial/apartheid paradigm of war and its logics of racial profiling, classification, and hierarchization of human beings. The paradigm of war is underpinned by the...
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How Africa was conceived as an idea and integrated into the evolving Euro-North American-centric modernity is a tale of genealogies of colonialities and African resistance(s). Genealogies of coloniality span eight broad and overlapping epochs in the production of Africa that impinged on its development in various direct and indirect ways. The eight...
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Ali A Mazrui’s academic and intellectual fame provoked both deep admiration and severe criticism, causing his intellectual legacy to be caught up between what the South Sudanese scholar Dustan M Wai depicted as ‘Mazruiphilia’ (hagiographical celebration) and ‘Mazruiphobia’ (critical bashing). Mazrui died on 12 October 2014, leaving behind a ‘superm...
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President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe belongs to the first generation of African nationalists who led Africa into independence. He is 91 years old. He has been in power since 1980. For over 30 years, Zimbabweans have known only one president (Mugabe). One distinguishing feature of the first generation of African nationalists is that they init...
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Over the years, people, black and white, high and low, have struggled to makes sense of Robert Gabriel Mugabe, leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party and current president of Zimbabwe. Some people view him as great nationalist revolutionary, a great liberator, and father of the nation while others think of him as a tyrant, a dictator, and the undertake...
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This article examines Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s political life and legacy from the perspective of critical decolonial liberation ethics, which privileges a paradigm of peace, humanism and racial harmony and opposes the imperial/colonial/apartheid paradigm of war, racial hatred and separation of races. This system emerged in the 15th century and w...
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The popularity of the first two editions of this book necessitated a third revised and updated version to record the many challenges in Africa since the first edition appeared in 1998. Africa is a vast and fascinating continent whose population has exceeded the one billion mark. Africa A-Z attempts to provide, in a concise manner, the facts for an...
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What has confounded African efforts to create cohesive, prosperous and just states in postcolonial Africa? What has been the long-term impact of the Berlin Conference of 1884-5 on African unity and African statehood? Why is postcolonial Africa haunted by various ethno national conflicts? Is secession and irredentism the solution? Can we talk of eth...
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The national question in postcolonial Africa encapsulates the totality of national and social challenges that needs resolution. These include the burden of building postcolonial nations, reconstructing postcolonial states, promoting economic development, entrenching popular democracy, defending national sovereignty, consolidating political power, a...
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This article deploys world-systems analysis and the concept of coloniality to examine the experience of the African people within the modern world-system since 1492, a date that figuratively marks the birth of the modern world-system and its shifting international orders. Africa's experience is contextualized within six international orders: the po...
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Global imperial designs, which have been in place since conquest by western powers, did not suddenly evaporate after decolonization. Global coloniality as a leitmotif of the empire became the order of the day, with its invisible technologies of subjugation continuing to reproduce Africa's subaltern position, a position characterized by perceived de...
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This lively book interrogates the African postcolonial condition with a focus on the thematics of liberation predicament and the long standing crisis of dependence (epistemological, cultural, economic, and political) created by colonialism and coloniality. A sophisticated deployment of historical, philosophical, and political knowledge in combinati...
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This article examines how the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) sought to inscribe a nationalist monologic history in Zimbabwe in order prop up its claim to be the progenitor and guardian of the postcolonial nation. Since its formation in 1963, it has worked tirelessly to claim to be the only authentic force with a sacred hi...
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The phenomenon of violence has pervaded African people's lives across precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial historical epochs. While it is easy to codify manifestations of violence such as precolonial raiding, colonial wars of conquest, and nationalist resistance wars, there are many other forms whose logic is harder to understand, such as terror...
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This article discusses how the politics of South African identity-making continues to be spoiled by racialised and ethnicised identities cascading from colonialism and apartheid. These problematic identities continue to live on, raising sensitive issues of nativity versus settlerism as well as rights versus entitlement to resources. Identity issues...
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This article seeks to analyse the dynamics of politics of ethnocracy in Zimbabwe. Ethnocracy developed as an indictment on civic and inclusive nationalism. The contest between forces of ethnocracy and those of inclusive nationalism permeated the struggles for liberation, reducing them to a complex terrain of mobilisation of ethnicity and regionalis...

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