Siseko Kumalo


Honours B.A. (Rhodes University), M.A. (University of Pretoria), PhD (current - University of Pretoria)



Academic Background

Siseko received his formative training from Rhodes University where he read in Political and International Studies, Anthropology and Philosophy,  and was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship in his Honours year (2017). He holds a Master of Arts (Cum Laude) in Political Philosophy from the University of Pretoria’s Department of Political Sciences and is reading for a PhD in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. His PhD looks at how to model an inclusive national identity in South Africa using the work of William Wellington Gqoba and SEK Mqhayi. He is the recipient of the Harvard South African Fellowship commencing in September 2022 and a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African, 2020 (in the category of Education). Siseko served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines and has presented his research at world-leading institutions, i.e., Duke University’s (USA) Centre for International and Global Studies and has further lectured at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), under their masters in Global Health, teaching on the subject of decolonising Global Health.  He continues to serve on the Editorial Collective of Stilet, the Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association as well as the Literary Association of South Africa’s Executive Committee. 


Areas of Specialisation

Siseko teaches in the fields of Decolonisation, Social and Political Philosophy Epistemic Justice, and works on the Black Archive for his research and graduate supervision. He has published on the Black Archive and continues to do research in this area, where he is thinking about the social responsiveness of the discipline of Philosophy, while also keeping in mind the  global trajectories of the discipline. 


Publication Record 


Kumalo, S.H.  2022. Reclaiming African Intellectual Traditions in the Contemporary University - Challenging Racialised Thought in South African Higher Education. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, Contracted (June 2022)


Edited Books

Kumalo, S.H. (Ed.) 2021. Decolonisation as Democratisation: Global Insights into the South African Experience. Cape Town: HSRC Press, 

Morreira, S., Luckett, K., Kumalo, S.H., & Ramgotra, M. (Eds.) (2021). Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education, London: Routledge, UK,

Lange, L., Reddy, V., & Kumalo, S.H. (Eds.) (2021) University on the Border: Crisis of Authority and Precarity. Stellenbosch: SUN Media Press.

Zondi, N., Mkhize, G., Zungu, B., Kumalo, S.H., & Reddy, V. (Eds.) 2021. Thetha Sizwe: Contemporary South African Debates on African Languages and the Politics of Gender. Pretoria: ESI Press. 


Selected Journal Publications

Kumalo, S.H. 2021. 'Developing Epistemic Impartiality to Deliver on Justice in Higher Education South Africa', Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, (In press) 

Kumalo, S.H. 2021. 'Contestations of Visibility - A Critique of Democratic Violence', South African Journal of Higher Education, 35(1): 143-160.

Morreira, S., Luckett, K., Kumalo, S.H., & Ramgotra, M. 2020. 'Confronting the Complexities of Decolonising Curricula and Pedagogy in Higher Education', Third World Thematics, 5(1&2): 1-18. 

Kumalo, S.H. 2020. 'Resurrecting the Black Archive through the Decolonisation of Philosophy in South Africa', Third World Thematics, 5(1&2): 19-36.  

Kumalo, S.H. 2020. 'Khawuleza - An Instantiation of the Black Archive', Imbizo, 11(2): 1-21. 

Kumalo, S.H. 2020. 'Curriculating from the Black Archive - Marginality as Novelty', Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, 8(1): 111-132

Kumalo, S.H. 2020. 'Justice through Higher Education: Revisiting White Paper 3 of 1997', Higher Education Quarterly, DOI:


Book Reviews

'The Black Register', Tydskrif vir Letterkunde: (In press) 

'Revatalising 'Stale Intellectual Debates'', Politikon, 48(3): 506-510. 

'Distinguishing between Ontology and 'Decoloniality as Praxis'', Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 58(1): 162-168

'Reading the Polis through Literary Aesthetics - Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism', Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 34(3): 154-159.