Home > People > Academic Staff > Kharnita Mohamed
Academic Staff

Kharnita Mohamed

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

Research fields Disability, Gender, Race, Violence, Decoloniality, 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.

For my PhD research, I am exploring disability from a decolonial feminist perspective.

Called to Song, my debut novel, was published in 2018.


Mohamed, K. (forthcoming) Pedagogies of betrayal: a meditation on internalised racism. In Benita Moolman & Nadia Sanger (eds) African feminist perspectives on race, racism and ethnicity: an anthology. Modjaji: South Africa.

Mohamed, K. (2018) Disability Matters! South African Labour Bulletin, July/August: 30-32.

Mohamed, K. (2018) Called to Song: a novel. Kwela: South Africa.

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

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


Mohamed, K. (2018) Critique of Black Reason by Achille Mbembe transl. Laurent

Dubois. Anthropology Southern Africa, 41 (3): 242-244.

Mohamed, K. (2017) A reflection on Paul Weinberg’s book ‘Traces and Tracks’, Anthropology Southern Africa, 40 (3):214-216.

Mohamed, K. (2016) Visual Interruptions: a reflection on ‘Thermal Optimum: time, intimacy and the elemental in the first thousand days of life’. Anthropology Southern Africa, 39(1):74-75.

Mohamed, K. (2015) Towards a contextual psychology of Disablism by Brian Watermeyer. Agenda, 29(2):141-143.