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Dr Mandisa Haarhoff

MA KwaZulu-Natal, PhD Florida

Office: Room 2.16, AC Jordan Building


Dr. Mandisa Haarhoff completed her Ph.D. at the University of Florida in 2018 on a Fulbright scholarship, and currently holds a full-time position as lecturer at the University of Cape Town. She completed her MA in Drama at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with funding from the National Research Foundation. She is a recipient of the National Research Fund’s Black Academic Advancement Programme for her first book project, “Kaffirs are Kwerekweres: White indigeneity and Black Absenting in the South African Farm Novel. The monograph examines the ways in which farm novels and Plaasroman participate in constructions of white indigeneity and enact black absenting throughout the late-colonial and apartheid period. Haarhoff’s research interests are concentrated around postcolonial theory, black studies and critical race theory. Her teaching centers on African and diasporic literature. 

Research interests

Dr Haarhoff’s research interests are concentrated around postcolonial theory, black studies, critical race theory, and queer theory.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

“Intimacy, Proximity, and nonbeing in Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut” Research in African Literatures. Indiana. University Press. Volume 52, Number 2, Summer 2021. (Forthcoming) 

“Black Everyday Life and the Burden of Death: Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying” Safundi. Taylor and Francis. Volume 21. Number 2., 2020. Pages 190-205. 

“vangile gantsho’s fiery pronouncement of “a brewing storm of smallgyrls coming.” New Coin: South African Poetry. Sabinet. Volume 55, No. 2. December 2019.

Book reviews

Haarhoff, Mandisa. “Black and Present: A Review of Barbara Boswell’s And Wrote My Story Anyway.” Independent Online News (IOL). December 12, 2020. Book Review.

Conference Presentations

“Surface and Layering in Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut” Afrisem Graduate Conference, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2017.

“Between Pessimism and Optimism: Post-Apartheid Blackness in South African Literature” African Literature Association, Yale University, New Haven, 2017.

“The #ShitMustFall: Student Protests and the Call to Dismantle and Decolonize.” African Studies Association, Washington D.C., 2016.

“Our country sits on the threshold of a historic moment: Enthusiasm for revolution in the time of Julius Malema.” Marxist Reading Group, University of Florida, 2015.

“Deconstructing (the) Crush-hopper: A Reflection on Race and Identity in Post-apartheid South Africa” Story4 Conference, Prague, 2013.

Creative Works and Workshops

“Mandela did you know?” Irohin. University of Florida Center for African Studies. 2014.

“And once declared dead.” Propter Nos. True Leap Press. Vol. 1. Issue 1. 2016

Crush-hopper, 2011. (writer and performer) Standard Bank Ovation Award winner. Presented in South Africa, Europe, and the United States 

Crawl, 2009. Grahamstown National Arts Festival Student Production Winner (co- written and co-directed with Mlondolozi Zondi)

The Mother Line Story Project, Gainesville, Florida, (2017) (Storywriter and Performer)

The Vagina Monologues, Gainesville Florida, 2017. (Monologue writer and Performer)

“Writing Self and Nation.” Crisis Art, Arezzo Italy (2013) (Workshop Leader)

"Playwriting.” Hippodrome Summer Program, Gainesville (2016) (Workshop Leader)

Works in Progress

Kaffirs are Kwerekweres: White Indigeneity, Black Absenting, and the South African Farm - NRF grant funded book project. 

Contributor of South African entries for the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Directors and Directing edited by Delgado and Simon Williams 

co-editor with Dr Christopher Ouma and Dr Khwezi Mkhize for Black Intellectual Archives and Intellectual Histories, edited volume. 

Children Stories Trilogy-- in process