Head of Department & Senior Lecturer
Honours BA, MA (Rhodes University), PhD (Rhodes University)
Room 101, Chris Hani Building, East London, Phone: (043) 704 7315
Room AFG 4, New Arts Building, Alice Campus, Phone: (040) 602 2213l.
Dr Rianna Oelofsen is a lecturer at the University of Fort Hare since April 2012. She is the secretary and on the organising committee for the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS), and organized the ISAPS conference hosted by Fort Hare in May 2014. She is also secretary for the South African Centre of Phenomenology, launched in 2012.
Oelofsen completed her PhD dissertation, entitled ‘Afro-Communitarianism and the Nature of Reconciliation’ with Rhodes University, under the supervision of Dr Tom Martin. She has held research positions during the duration of her PhD studies at the Centre for Applied Public Policy and Ethics (CAPPE) at the Australian National University in Canberra, as well as at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland. She has also been a tutor with the Philosophy department and Centre For African Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Areas of specialisation, teaching and research
Oelofsen’s areas of specialisation include
African philosophy; Ancient philosophy (Virtue ethics); Applied ethics (Business ethics, ethics for Law students); Identity politics; Race and Gender theory; Existentialism and phenomenology (Specifically Sartre, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty); Feminist philosophy; Philosophy of science and Introductory logic for law students.
· “Group Responsibility in the Aftermath of Apartheid” South African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 27: 4 (2008)
· “De- and Rehumanization in the Wake of Atrocities” South African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 28: 2 (2009)
· “Afro-Communitarian Forgiveness and the Concept of Reconciliation” South African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 34: 3 (2015)
· “Decolonization of the African Mind and Intellectual Landscape.” Phronimon, Vol. 16: 2 (2015) 130-146.
· “Afro-communitarianism, Justice and Reconciliation”, Theoria, Forthcoming: March 2016
· “Afro-communitarianism, Restorative Justice and Affirmative Action in South Africa: A Response to David Benatar” Philosophia Africana, Forthcoming.