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Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse (Manzini)

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Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse (Manzini)

Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse (Manzini)

Advanced dual-title Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Coordinator & Moderator of the African Feminist Initiative Dialogues and Book Talks
Spring ’24 Graduate Scholar in Residence, Penn State Humanities Institute


BA, [Politics & Philosophy], University of Johannesburg, 2014
BA, Hons [Philosophy & Politics], University of the Witwatersrand, 2015
MA [Philosophy], University of the Witwatersrand, 2018

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Dissertation title: ‘Towards an Existential-Standpoint Reading of Blackwomen’s Autobiographies Under Apartheid South Africa’

Zinhle’s dissertation project draws from Frantz Fanon, Steve Biko and Jean-Paul Sartre’s analysis of racism as a system to enhance their limited approaches to understanding racism as a system by using an intersectional lens. By relying on Patricia Hill Collins’ development of Black feminist standpoint theory and exploration of intersectionality, the project combines the philosophical framework of existentialism with standpoint theory, developed as an ‘existential standpoint theory.’ The existential standpoint approach asserts that the sociohistorical particularity of racialized, classed, and gendered women in a racist and sexist society provides these women with abundant epistemic resources that enable a rich analysis of racist societies. The project draws from the autobiographies of two South African Blackwomen, Mamphela Ramphele and Caesarina Kona Makhoere to attune us toward radically situated analyses that account for the multiple and intertwined forms of systemic domination. 

Committee:  Robert Bernasconi and Nancy Tuana (co-chairs); Ariane Cruz and Kris Sealey (readers); and Gabeba Baderoon (special member).


Critical Philosophy of Race, African American Philosophy, African Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy (with expertise in South African and African American Black Feminisms) 


Existentialism, Ethics

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