Mandisa R. Haarhoff

Department of English Language and Literature, University of Cape Town



Ph.D. English, University of Florida, 2018.

Dissertation: “Black in the Afterlife of Apartheid: Death and Blackness in Late-Apartheid and Post-Apartheid Narratives”

Advisor: Apollo Amoko

M.A. Drama, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2013.

Thesis: “Representing Nation in Post-Apartheid South African Film: Invictus, Jerusalema and A Small Town Called Descent.”

Advisor: Tammantha Hammerschlag

BA Honours, Film and Drama Studies, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, 2009

BSocScience, Media and Drama Studies, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, 2008

Awards and Fellowships

Black Academic Advancement Program, NRF: 2020-2021

Emerging Researchers Fund, University of Cape Town: 2018; 2020

U.S. Representative at Mondial due Theatre Festival in Monaco- Tshepang (2017)

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Course Development Grant (2017)

UF International Centre Best International Student Award (2015) Adell and Hancock IIE Scholarship (2015)

Marilyn Little Altrusa Scholarship (2015)

Fulbright Scholarship for Ph.D. study at University of Florida (2012-2014)

Standard Bank Ovation Award for Crush-hopper (2011), Grahamstown (Makanda) National Arts Festival

National Research Fund to complete my Master of Arts, Drama at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (2010-2011)


Research Interests:

Blackness Studies, Black Critical Theory,  Critical Race Studies, South African Literature, Settler Colonialism, Performance Studies, African Cinema, Racial Cartographies, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Studies.


“Black Everyday Life and the Burden of Death: Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying” Safundi. 2020.

Work in Progress:

“Intimacy, Proximity, and nonbeing in Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut” Research in African Literatures. Indiana. University Press. Final Publication Process, 2020.

Kaffirs are Kwerekweres: White Indigeneity, Black Absenting, and the South African Farm Novel– 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, edited volume.

Children Stories Trilogy– in process.

Conferences and Presentations:

White Privilege: Racism, Inequity & COVID-19”  with Dr Robin DiAngelo (keynote), in conversation with Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd and Stanley Henkeman (moderator). Hosted by University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, July 30, 2020.

“African Ingenuity and Arts during COVID-19” Hosted on Zoom by the University of Florida and the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Teaching About Africa in a Global Context – Virtual Workshop. June 19, 2020.

“Leading from the Global South: Black Lives Matter, Rhodes Must Fall, and Covid-19” University of Florida, Virtual Workshop. June 24, 2020. Invited Presenter.

“White Indigeneity and Black Absenting in the South African Farm Novel” Northwestern

University, Chicago, 2018 and African Literature Association, Columbus-Ohio, 2019

“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.


University of Cape Town 2018–present

ELL4074S Currents of Thought in African Literature

ELL5030F Literature and Modernity: Modernity, Globalization and Postcoloniality

ELL103F Literature: How and Why?

ELL101S Image, Voice, Word

ELL2000F Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality

ELL3000F Movements, Manifestos and Modernities Seminar: Protest Literature in South Africa

ELL3001S Contemporary Literary Studies Seminar: Blackness in South Africa and the Diaspora

University of Florida: 2012-2018

ENC1102 Rhetoric and Composition

ENG 2210 Technical Writing

LIT2120 World Literature

IUF1000 Interdisciplinary -What is the Good Life?

LIT3003 Being and Blackness: Race and Racism in South Africa and the United States

Content Tutor University Athletics Association

Postgraduate Supervision:

Skye Scott (MA, current)

Rebecca Shain (Honours 2019)

Sinethemba Phongolo (Honors 2018)


Course Convener, ELL1013F/S, Department of English Literature and Language

Co-Organizer for African Feminisms Conference Virtual (2020), Face to Face at University of Cape Town (2021)

Member of University of Cape Town Graduate Programs (GRADPRO)

Member of Black Academic Caucus

Department of English Literature and Language Community Engagement and Collective Spaces Committee

Department of English Literature and Language Awards Committee

Professional Activities:

2020 Anonymous Peer Reviewer for African Studies, Taylor and Francis.

2019 External Marker for MA Thesis in English Literature for Rhodes University

2019 Anonymous Reviewer for Social Dynamics

2019 Internal Marker for Master of Arts by Coursework in Dramaturgy, University of Cape Town

2019 Internal Marker for Master of Art by Coursework in Theatre and Performance

2019 External Examiner for Master of Arts, University of Witwatersrand

2019 Panel Chair on Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa at the Open Book Festival in conversation with Nadia Davids, Yewande Omotoso, Sisonke Msimang, and Sarah Ladipo-Manyika.

2019 Presenter at Open Book Festival

2019 Discussant for Professor Robert Reid-Pharr (Harvard) at University of the Western Cape

2018-2019 External Marker for University of Witwatersrand Media Studies Third Year

2018 Anonymous Reviewer for Tydskrif Special Issue edited by Dr. Polo Moji

2018 Anonymous Reviewer for Postcolonial Text, Vol. 13.

2018 Black Archives and Intellectual History co-organizer of seminar events

Creative Work:

“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

Agbedidi, University of Florida West African Dance Performance (wrote and directed play 2013–2015)

Tshepang, 2014-2017. I played Ruth alongside Steven Butler, who played Simon. U.S. and Monaco (written by Lara Foot, directed by Jan Cohen)

Crush-hopper, 2011. A one-woman show presented in South Africa, Arezzo, Prague, and Florida (written and performed by Mandisa Haarhoff)

Crawl, 2009. A physical theatre piece presented at the Grahamstown (Makanda) National Arts Festival (cowriter and co-director with Dr. Mlondolozi Zondi)


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

Effective Grading Workshop, University of Florida (2016) (Attendee)

Playwriting, Hippodrome Summer Program, Gainesville (2016) (Workshop Leader)

Facilitating Discussion Sessions, University of Florida (2017) (Attendee)

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

Tutor Matching by Purdue University, Online Training. Certified (2017)


Associate Professor Barbara Boswell (Head of Department)

University of Cape Town, Department of English Language and Literature

Associate Professor Apollo Amoko, Dissertation Chair

University of Florida

Associate Professor Leah Rosenberg, former HOD (2016-2018) and Dissertation. Committee Member

University of Florida, Department of English

Dr Agnes Leslie

University of Florida, Center for African Studies

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