Dr René Alicia Smith is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at Durban University of Technology (DUT). She is the current President of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association and Chair of the Steering Committee of South African Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), a national Digital Humanities project supported by the Department of Science and Technology. Dr Smith is founding Festival Director of the Digital Art and Design Festival (Digifest) and a member of DHETs Advisory Panel on Creative Outputs and Innovations. She has worked across public, private and community sectors and consulted on gender and media policy projects in different SADC countries. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and has taught at several institutions of Higher Education in South Africa and served on a range of governing boards, including an appointment on the recommendation of South Africa’s Parliament. She completed her undergraduate qualification at Falmouth College of Arts, now Falmouth University in the United Kingdom. She has a MA cum laude and a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from University of KwaZulu-Natal.



Deputy President

Professor Rosabelle Boswell is an anthropologist, a National Research Foundation (NRF) Rated Researcher and Executive Dean of Arts at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She is author of Le Malaise Creole: Ethnic Identity in Mauritius (Oxford: Berghahn), Representing Heritage in Zanzibar and Madagascar (Addis Ababa: Eclipse); Challenges to Identifying and Managing Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mauritius, Zanzibar and Seychelles (Dakar: Codesria) and Postcolonial African Anthropologies (coedited with F. Nyamnjoh Pretoria: HSRC Press). She has also authored many articles on cultural identity and has done ethnographic fieldwork in South Africa, Mauritius, Zanzibar and Madagascar. Her work has been funded by the Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research); the South African National Research Foundation, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa and Organisation for Social Science Research in East and southern Africa. In 2010, she served as a research team leader for the Mauritius Truth and Justice Commission, examining the legacies of slavery.


Prof Anthony Leysens


Professor Anthony Leysens is Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University and Treasurer of the South African Humanities’ Deans Association. His research​ interests include the political economy of South Africa with a specific focus on state, capital, labour, social movements and economic policy. Prof Leysens’ research projects cover the political economy of transformation and transition in South Africa, focusing on the form of state, economic policy, economic restructuring and governing political economic coalitions. The politics of online communities with a focus on veterans of the South African border war.



Mogomme Alpheus Masoga is professor and dean of Arts faculty at the University of Zululand, South Africa. Mogomme’s research in African indigenous research and Decoloniality follows a 25-year experience. He has managed to develop Afro-sensed approaches and frames for conducting research in and with local communities. Pushing for a strong place of local communities in research and challenging researchers to ‘negotiate space’ in their work. He is the book series editor of the series publication working under the title, Knowledge Pathing: Multi-, Inter- and Trans-Disciplining in Social Sciences published by AOSIS. Recent published books: Studies on Indigenous Knowledge (2020) and Narratives of Culture, Identity and Community (202i).


Neil Roos

Neil Roos is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Fort Hare. He is also one of the lead implementers of the South African Department of Higher Education and Training’s national collaborative Future Professors Programme (FPP), which is committed to excellence and transformation, runs across all disciplines, and aims to fast-track early career professional scholars in the South African higher education system towards the professoriate. Roos took his doctoral degree in history at the University of North West, an institution on South African’s rural periphery.  He writes on histories of race, and his recent research has focused on the historical, moral and political dimensions of white everyday life in apartheid South Africa. From this body of work, he has published essays in Social History, the Journal of Social History, The Historical Journal and International Review of Social History, and he has a book entitled Ordinary Whites in Apartheid Society forthcoming from Indiana University Press. He has recently written on contemporary iterations of whiteness, white racial identity, masculinity and racial violence in South Africa. Roos is also interested in historiography and theory, especially the theoretical moorings of a post-Marxist, left wing social history.



Satsope Maoto, with an NRF Rating of C2, is the current Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Limpopo. She had the opportunity to teach mathematics and mathematics education at all levels of education. She taught primary teachers under a project then called Primary Mathematics Project (PMP) while teaching at a High School and later at a College of Education. When she joined academia in April 2000 she lectured mathematics education for both pre-service and in-service undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her teaching experience at all levels and her research areas for both her Masters and Doctoral degree in mathematics education shaped her research focus. Her research focus is on classroom practice and delves into issues of mathematics teaching, learning and assessment. This focus later expanded to include the comprehension of mathematics and mathematics teacher training from the perspective of reform.







Professor Masemola worked at Unisa since 2011 after he joined from North-West University. With more than 18 years in academia, he has attained his PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield in England, graduated with an MA in Postcolonial Studies with flying colours from the then University of Natal, attained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Social Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a BA Honours in Comparative Literature specialising in Literary Theory from the self-same WITS University.Professor Masemola’s research is focused on the intersection of Deleuzian theories of immanence and becoming with decoloniality’s ruminations on being and non-being, such as they are foregrounded by the agential representation of the ‘Self’ and its ‘Other’ in autobiographical writing. His sole-authored book, Black South African Autobiography After Deleuze (2017) was published by Brill and Rodopi in the Netherlands and the USA. He has published articles in accredited international IBSS journals such as Journal of African Cultural Studies, African Identities, and Critical African Studies.



Nalini Moodley-Diar is currently the Executive Dean and Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa. She has a B.A (Fine Arts), M.A. (Art History) cum laude, a UPGCE (cum laude) and completed her PhD in Art History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal which focused on the visual art produced by Indian South Africans. Professor Moodley-Diar also has an MBA in Education Management from the Haaga Helia University of Applied Science in Finland.  She has been spent more than 26 years in the field of education across the sector spanning primary, secondary, and tertiary education.  Her present areas of research include the politics of minorities as well as the complexities of race and identity politics within a transforming South Africa. Within this broad area she focuses on the challenges of being Indian in a post-apartheid South Africa while also engaging in projects that attempt to memorialise the history of Indian Indenture across the globe.  In this regard she is a member of the International Scientific Committee for the memorialisation of Indenture across the globe. She has published papers in peer reviewed journals on Hindu art and artists in South Africa, Indian dance, and the multiplicity of positionalities of Indians in South Africa. She is currently the Chairperson of the Women In leadership Forum at the Tshwane University of Technology and is also engaged in research projects focusing on women leaders in higher education. Professor Moodley-Diar is currently engaged in numerous book projects within her fields of research. Incidentally she is also a classically trained Bharatha Natyam dancer and teacher having brought three students to complete their arangetrams or dance graduations.



Heidi Hudson is Professor of International Relations and Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. She is a former Director of the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies at the UFS, an NRF (B2) rated scholar, as well as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2012. She has written extensively in the area of feminist security studies, with a specific focus on Africa. Hudson’s current research interests concentrate on discursive and material gender deficits of liberal peacebuilding in the postcolony. Her other area of interest is the gendering of Africa’s International Relations, the African knowledge project and postcolonial/decolonial strategies of resistance. Heidi has held several fellowships through Fulbright, the Nordic Africa Institute, and the University of Calgary (Canada). In 2018, she was the Claude Ake Visiting Chair at the Nordic Africa Institute and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Uppsala, Sweden. She is co-editor and co-author of Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, role-players, policy and practice (2013), with Theo Neethling. Heidi was a PRIO Global Fellow from 2014 – 2017 and currently serves on several advisory and editorial boards.



Professor Masemola worked at Unisa since 2011 after he joined from North-West University. With more than 18 years in academia, he has attained his PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield in England, graduated with an MA in Postcolonial Studies with flying colours from the then University of Natal, attained a

Vasu Reddy is a Professor of Sociology, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a former Executive Director of the Human and Social Development Programme at the HRSC. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. He is a NRF B rated researcher with primary research interests in genders, sexualities, poverty and HIV/AIDS.

Apart from journal articles some book length publications include: Care in Context: Transnational Gender Perspectives (lead editor; HSRC Press); Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship and Activism (co-editor, 2018; Routledge); Queer Kinship: South African perspectives on the sexual politics of family-making and belonging (co-editor, UNISA Press & Routledge, in 2018).Recent publications are: The Fabric of Dissent: Public Intellectuals in SA (lead editor, HSRC Best Red; 2020) and Ethics, Politics, Inequality: New Directions (co-editor; HSRC Press, 2021).



Garth Stevens is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. His research interests include foci on race, racism and related social asymmetries; critical violence studies; and historical/collective trauma and memory. He has published widely in these areas, both nationally and internationally, including co-editorships of A ‘race’ against time: Psychology and challenges to deracialisation in South Africa (UNISA Press, 2006); Race, memory and the apartheid archive: Towards a transformative psychosocial praxis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); and Decoloniality and epistemic justice in contemporary community psychology (Springer, 2021). He was the co-lead researcher on the Apartheid Archive Project, which was an international research initiative that aimed to examine the nature of the experiences of racism of South Africans under the old apartheid order and their continuing effects on individual and group functioning in contemporary South Africa. He is also the co-lead researcher on the Violent States, States of Violence Project, which aims to re-engage a theorisation of violence in the contemporary world. At present, he is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), serves as the Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).



Prof Kammila Naidoo holds the position of Executive Dean and Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Prior to arriving at UJ, she taught at UP, UNISA and UDW (now UKZN). Her PhD was completed at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2001. Her current publications and research interests are in the areas of gender relations, family, violence and political economy. She is currently involved in an ESRC-funded international initiative, referred to as the GendV Project, and is working with scholars from India, South Africa, and the UK, to build comparative and substantive insights on the drivers of GBV. She has served as a journal editor of the South African Review of Sociology and guest editor for Development Southern Africa and Sage Open. She has supervised to completion about 90 postgraduates and post-doctoral students and has been external examiner for an equivalent number of students. She has sat on several review panels for universities, institutional bodies, and science councils. Her email address is kammilan@uj.ac.za.



Shose Kessi is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town; Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology; and co-director of the Hub for Decolonial Feminist Psychologies in Africa. Her research centers on political psychology, community-based empowerment and social change. A key focus is the development of Photovoice methodology as a participatory action research tool that can raise consciousness and mobilize community groups into social action. She has published on the psychology of racism in higher education and other decolonial and pan-African approaches to psychology. Shose completed her PhD in 2010 in Organizational and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and joined UCT in 2011. She was the UCT Mandela fellow at the WEB DuBois Research Institute, Hutchins Centre, Harvard University for 2014; and visiting scholar in the Department of Behavioral and Psychological Sciences at the LSE in 2017. Shose is one of the founding members and first chairperson of the UCT Black Academic Caucus and served on the VC’s Special Executive Task Team in 2016. She has also been Deputy Dean for Transformation in the Humanities Faculty.



Prof Monwabisi K. Ralarala is Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of the Western Cape. Previous positions include: Director: Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) (Cape Peninsula University of Technology [CPUT]); Director: Language Centre (University of Fort Hare); Director of Research and Policy Development (Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities); and Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch’s (SU) Department of African Languages. Apart from being a Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust Alumnus, he received the Neville Alexander Award for the Promotion of Multilingualism in 2017. He holds two PhDs (Stellenbosch University and University of the Free State respectively) on persuasion in African languages; and language practice (emphasis: forensic linguistics). His diverse research interests follow three lines: language rights and multilingualism in higher education; forensic linguistics; and translation studies. He has held visiting scholarships, nationally and internationally, for teaching and research. He has also published articles and book chapters, mainly in forensic linguistics and translation studies. His co-authored and co-edited books are: African language and language practice research in the 21st century: Interdisciplinary themes and perspectives (2017, CASAS); New frontiers in forensic linguistics: Themes and perspectives in language and law in Africa and beyond (2019, African Sun Media); Knowledge beyond colour lines: Towards repurposing knowledge generation in Higher Education in South Africa and beyond (2021, UWC Press) and A handbook on Legal Languages and the quest for linguistic equality in South Africa and beyond (2021, African Sun Media). He is founder and Chief Series Editor of Studies in forensic linguistics: Language and the law in South Africa and beyond.



Dumisani Moyo is currently Executive Dean Academic in the Faculty of Humanities at North West University. He earned a doctoral degree in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo in 2006, after completing a Master of Philosophy degree from the same University in 1998. Prior to that, he had completed a BA Honours in English degree (1991) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies (1995) at the University of Zimbabwe. His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of  Department at the University of the Witwatersrand; Visiting Lecturer at University of Addis Ababa; Research Fellow at the University of Oslo; Fulbright Scholar in Residence at the College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois; and Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to joining NWU in 2021, Moyo served as Vice Dean, Teaching and Learning at the University of Johannesburg. Before that, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), and as Africa Regional Manager for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)’s Strengthening Media and Society Project between 2010 and 2016.His research interests include media policy and regulation; and media, politics, culture and technology in Africa. His major works include four co-edited books: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities (Wits Press, 2011); Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa: Critical Reflections on Media Reforms in the Global Age (UNISA Press, 2010); Mediating Xenophobia in Africa: Unpacking Discourses of Migration, Belonging and Othering (Palgrave, 2020); and Re-imagining Communication in Africa and the Caribbean: Global South Issues in Media , Culture and Technology (Palgrave, 2021). He serves as a board member for a number of international organisations, including the African Studies Association (ASA); the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC); the Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Investigative Journalism Hub (IJ-Hub) where he is currently Board Chairperson.