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Kharnita Mohamed

BA, BA (Hons) University of the Western Cape, MA Anthropology, University of Chicago

Research fields
Disability, Gender, Postcolonialism, Epistemology, Citizenship, Visual Culture, Embodiment

My primary research interests lie in the mediation of subject formation in social life as well as in theory. I have cultivated an interdisciplinary perspective which crosses the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, sociology and psychology. My research foci, broadly, lies in embodiment: its experience, discursive formation, institutional mediations and theoretical configurations. More specifically, I am interested in the production of knowledge, gender, race, disability, citizenship and visual culture.

I received my undergraduate and Honours degrees (Department of Anthropology and Sociology) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and my Master’s degree at the University of Chicago. For my Masters I looked at medical knowledge in the work of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke to understand the ontologies in those texts and the epistemic effects of using thinkers whose epistemologies are radically different from contemporary thinkers.  I worked as a researcher at the Institute for Social and Health Sciences in a joint UNISA-MRC unit, the Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit in the Programme on Traditions and Transformation. I have taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape. I am working on my Phd in which I intend to develop a conceptual framework towards building a postcolonial feminist disability studies.

PUBLICATIONS

Mohamed, K. & Shefer, T. (2015) Gendering Disability and Disabling Gender: a critical reflection on intersections of gender and disability. Agenda, 29(2): 1-12.

Mohamed, K. (2015) Book Review: Towards a contextual psychology of Disablism. Agenda, 29(2):141-143. Mohamed, K. (2012) Who is the Southern African anthropologist? Anthropology Southern Africa, 35(3&4): 111-112.

Mohamed, K. & Ratele, K. (2012) Where my Dad was from he was quite a respected man. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Special Issue: Narratives, Nostalgia, Nationhood, 18(3): 282-293.

Mohamed, K. (2011). Refashioning the local: black masculinity, class and clothing. Agenda, 25(4): 104-111