Academic Staff

Nosipho Mngomezulu

Nosipho Mngomezulu holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Rhodes University. Her PhD research, entitled “Re-imaging the Nation” focused on young people’s constructions of nationhood in Mauritius. The research, undertaken during the world’s first ever Truth and Justice Commission (which investigated the consequences of slavery and indentured labour in Mauritius), examined the specific ways in which young people, often marginalized in state discourse, construct nationhood (an abstraction) in their everyday lives. Her work examined youth identification practices on and off line, intergenerational conceptions and experiences of trauma, national identity, and transnationalism.  This Mauritian case study contributes to furthering understandings of similar nation-building projects and processes in other post-colonial societies. From 2012-2015, Nosipho was the student volunteer programme coordinator at the Community Engagement Office at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, coordinating community engagement programmes, lecturing and giving workshops on community engaged praxis, with a special focus on asset based community development and volunteerism. Nosipho’s interests lie in research, community engaged learning and teaching, focussing on the decolonization and transformation of our approaches to academic projects, creating and developing approaches which can better equip students for the challenges of the twenty-first century in Africa and post-colonial states around the world.