Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse

Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse
Zinhle Manzini

Zinhle ka'Nobuhlaluse

Zinhle ka'Nobuhlaluse, Dual Title Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
240 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802

Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse is a 5th year (ABD) dual-title PhD candidate in Philosophy & Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with an MA, [Philosophy], University of the Witwatersrand, 2018, a BA, Hons [Philosophy & Politics], University of the Witwatersrand, 2015, and a BA, [Politics & Philosophy], University of Johannesburg, 2014.

Zinhle’s dissertation project, Towards an Existential-Phenomenological Standpoint (ESP) Reading of Blackwomen’s Autobiographies Under Apartheid South Africa, explores how the autobiographies of two South African Blackwomen, Mamphela Ramphele: A Life (1995) and Caesarina Kona Makhoere: No Child’s Play: In Prison Under Apartheid (1998), can be used to articulate a unique standpoint on the lived experience of being Black and woman under Apartheid South Africa. The works of Anika Simpson, Patricia Hill Collins and Pumla Dineo Gqola are introduced as methodological antecedents to explore the aspects of an achieved standpoint, which also offer a continuation of existentialism expressed by the South African Black Consciousness Philosophy (articulated by Steve Biko, N.C Manganyi and Mabogo More) and Jean-Paul Sartre scholarship. The project develops an existential standpoint approach; rooted in experience, transgression and aimed at the concrete, freedom, praxis, and achievement.

Among her honours as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and Allan Gray Orbis Fellow, Zinhle also holds a research affiliation with the DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imagination at the Nelson Mandela University and serves as a co-moderator of the feminist dialogues and book talks for the African Feminist Initiative at Penn State. Some of her academic work is published in the Critical Philosophy of Race JournalSouth African Journal of PhilosophyAgenda and Journal of World Philosophies. Zinhle also holds a 200hr yoga certification, an artist, and writer.