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Dr Mandisa Haarhoff

MA KwaZulu-Natal, PhD Florida

Office: Room 2.16, AC Jordan Building


Mandisa Haarhoff completed her PhD at the University of Florida on a Fulbright Scholarship. Her dissertation, titled “Black in the Afterlife of Apartheid: Death and Blackness in Late-Apartheid and Post-Apartheid Narratives” considers how black South African writers use the trope of death to articulate black positionality, subjectivity, and otherness. Her teaching centres on African literature and diasporic literatures. She holds a Masters in Drama from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her background and creative practice are in videomaking, acting and playwriting.

Research interests

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


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)