Khanyile Joseph Mlotshwa

Khanyile Joseph Mlotshwa is undertook a PhD (Media and Cultural Studies) degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. His research was conceptualised as a postcolonial and decolonial critique of the intersections of the media, migration, and the urban in representations of black subjectivity in post-apartheid South Africa. Committed to a decolonial humanities, he experiments with transdisciplinary approaches in urban, migration, border, media and cultural studies. He has published work in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. 

Exploring the apartheid roots of urban authoritarianism in postapartheid South Africa

Mlotshwa’s research seeks to map urban authoritarianism in postapartheid South Africa by studying closely the central and local government response to urban protests and land occupations as a result of the shortage of housing. It focuses on the actors and the practices around the government’s response to the protests. This is done through making a historical case comparing different epochs, that is the apartheid and postapartheid eras of urban governance. The research also focuses on the role of global forces, global capital in the reproduction of the social conditions that allow for the emergence and sustenance of urban authoritarianism obtaining in postapartheid South Africa. 


Mlotshwa, K. 2020. “The dialectics of xenophobia and cultural creolisation in postapartheid South Africa.” In Henrich, E., and Dellios, A. Ed(s). 2020. Migrant, multicultural and diaspora heritage: Beyond and between borders. London and New York: Routledge, Pp 133 – 147. Link: 

Mlotshwa, K. 2020. “Between patriarchy and capitalism: The gendered violence of Intwasa International Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe”. In Finkel, Rebecca and Platt, Louise. Ed(s). 2020. Gendered violence at International festivals: An interdisciplinary perspective. London: Routledge, Pp. 54 – 68. Link 

Mlotshwa, K. 2019. “Emotions of belonging and playing families across borders in Sub-Saharan Africa”. In Fox Bianca. Ed. 2019. Emotions and loneliness in a networked society. London: Palgrave Macmillan, Pp 223 – 238. Link:  

Mlotshwa, K. 2019b. “‘Producing art in the ruins of a former colonial industrial hub’: Art practices in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (2000 – 2017)”. Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 8 (2):  1 – 18. Link:   

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