Hlonipha Mokoena

Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. From 2006 to 2015 she taught in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is currently an associate professor and researcher at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her articles have been published in: Journal of Natal and Zulu History; Journal of Religion in Africa; Journal of Southern African Studies; Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies; Journal of African History; Kronos: Southern African Histories; Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; Image & Text and Critical Arts. She has also written catalogue essays for Zanele Muholi, Mohau Modisakeng, Sabelo Mlangeni, Sam Nhlengethwa and Andrew Tshabangu.

Her first book is on Magema M. Fuze, author of the Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Bavela Ngakona (1922) / The Black People and Whence They Came (1979). The book is titled Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual. The basic argument she presents in the book is that as an author and an aspirant historian Fuze represents a set of questions about the emergence and arrested development of a black intelligentsia and literati in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century South Africa. His life and writings reveal both his singular attempt to create, under adverse cultural, political and social conditions, a literary career and a body of knowledge while also participating in the constitution of a discourse community or a public sphere of Zulu-speaking intellectuals. She is currently working on a book about African men in military and police service in South Africa.


The Ochre People, reimaginado

Neste ensaio, Hlonipha Mokoena oferece uma reflexão contundente e um epílogo de propensão evocatória ao terceiro painel Territórios Emaranhados, com a participação de Sandra Benites, Black Athena Collective e Chie Ikeya.

The Ochre People, Reimagined

This year’s C-MAP seminar series, Transversal Orientations, comprised four panels that took place on Zoom in June 2021. In this essay, Dr. Hlonipha Mokoena provides a profound reflection and evocative epilogue to Entangled Terrains, the third panel in the seminar series featuring Sandra Benites, Black Athena Collective, and Chie Ikeya.