Ubuntu Dialogues

Seminar Exchange Fellows 2019-2020

Michigan State University Fellows

Emilie Diouf

Dr Emilie Diouf, is an Assistant Professor of English at Brandeis University. She speciailzes in Anglophone and Francophone postcolonial African literatures and film with an emphasis on gender, feminist theory, trauma and cultural memory. Her publications have focused on the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between narrative, trauma, and human rights.

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Frederick Gooding

Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (AKA “Dr. G”) holds the Dr. Ronald E. Moore Professorship in Humanities in the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University (TCU). Gooding critically analyzes race within mainstream media, effectively contextualizing problematic patterns based upon their historical roots. As such, Gooding’s best-known work thus far is “You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood,” which has been utilized in high schools and universities nationwide.

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John Edwin Mason

Prof John Mason teaches African history and the history of photography in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He co-directs the university’s Holsinger Portrait Project, a multimedia initiative which explores the neglected history of black Virginians through studio portraits of them that were made a century ago.

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Unifier Dyer

Unifier Dyer is a PhD candidate in the Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interest is in Indigenous Knowledge Systems in contemporary literature and creative works on and by women.

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Stellenbosch University Fellows

Dr Efua Prah

Dr Efua Tembisa Prah is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Stellenbosch University. Her contribution to the Ubuntu Dialogues is an exploration into notions of freedom in the context of structural constraints around maternal health and motherhood for young people living in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Inga Dyantyi

Inga Dyantyi is currently completing a Master of Laws degree at Stellenbosch University. Her research explores the opportunities and challenges that could result from the application of Ubuntu in the South African land reform context.  Inga has worked at two prominent law clinics, namely the Legal Resources Centre and the ENS Pro Bono Office – that specialize in providing legal advice and legal representation to the marginalized and the poverty-stricken. Inga is currently a Candidate Attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright, and she is working towards qualifying as an advocate that specializes in public-interest matters upon the completion of her articles.

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Luvuyo Dondolo

Dr Luvuyo Dondolo is the Director at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies at the University of Fort Hare. Dondolo holds D Litt et Phil in Social Science (History). His area of interest is the 19th and 20th centuries history thematic areas of the then Cape Province. His field of specialisation is public history with specific focus on heritage studies, museology, Pan Africanism scholarship, racism, and identity.

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Pfunzo Sidogi

Dr Pfunzo Sidogi is a lecturer in the Department of Fine and Studio Arts, Faculty of Arts and Design at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. He also serves as the National Chairperson for Sasol New Signatures Art Competition.

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Rhoda Malgas

Rhoda Malgas is a Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University. Her teaching and research centre on social-ecological systems – a conceptual coupling of the nature-human nexus that allows description, analysis and design of natural resource use for conservation-oriented outcomes.

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