Lwando Scott

Senior Researcher

Lwando Scott holds a PhD in Sociology, and is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. Lwando is an interdisciplinary scholar with a focus on gender and sexualities and on how these categories must be linked to ideas of freedom in post-apartheid South Africa. Lwando is interested in the nature of post-apartheid freedom, in thinking with and through the South African Constitution, to upend legacies of slavery, colonialism, and racial domination whose effects extend into the contemporary moment. Lwando’s scholarship is engaged in the complex ways gender and sexuality are omitted in discussions of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid and the impact of this omission on contemporary understanding of these categories. To this end, Lwando has written on the intersections of sexuality, gender, and African cultural practices in post-apartheid South Africa. Lwando has been working on developing the concept of “queering the postcolony” by incorporating and stretching concepts such as sexuality (queerness), gender, and culture within the post-colonial/post-apartheid South African context. Lwando is interested in expansive ideas and practices of freedom that go beyond normative, nationalist and racialised boundaries. Lwando’s work echoes the call issued by Fahmida Riaz in her epic poem, “come let us create a new lexicon.” 

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Open Book Festival: Lwando Scott in conversation with Zoey Black, Maneo Mohale and Manila von Teez.

The CHR’s Lwando Scott will be participating in this year’s Open Book Festival on 10 September 2023.

Transformative Constitutionalism: Afrika Focus, Vol 36

The latest Afrika Focus is now available. Edited by the CHR’s, Maurits van Bever Donker and Lwando Scott, this volume focuses on the question of transformative constitutionalism.

Call for Workshop Proposals: Transformative Constitutionalism

The CHR Transformative Constitutionalism project invites you to submit a one-page proposal for the upcoming virtual workshop “What human is imagined in the ‘Human Rights’ contained in the South African Constitution.”

Visualizing Pleasure and Practices of Freedom: A South/North Dialogue

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts will be hosting the symposium “Visualizing Pleasure and Practices of Freedom: A South/North Dialogue” in collaboration with the Centre for Humanities Research.

Book Launch with Lwando Scott

Join CHR Next Generation Scholar Lwando Scott for the launch of the Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness (Routledge, 2022), where he will discuss his chapter “Paradoxes of Racism: Whiteness in Gay Pages Magazine.”

Book Chapters List

Contributions by Staff and Fellows of the Centre for Humanities Research to edited volumes represent a diverse engagement with the centre’s academic inquiries. The following list shows publications from the latter years of the centre’s output.

List of Articles (2016-present)

Staff and Fellows of the Centre for Humanities Research regularly publish articles and reviews in local and international journals, applying the centre’s intellectual inquiries across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

Ambivalent at Jacana’s Virtual Book Theatre

Ambivalent will be featured at Jacana Media’s Don’t Shut Up virtual book theatre on Sunday, 23 May 2021.

The Possibilities and Intimacies of Queer African Screen Cultures

Join CHR Next Generation Scholar Dr Lwando Scott in conversation about The Possibilities and Intimacies of Queer African Screen Cultures, a special issue of the Journal of African Cultural Studies, on 5 April 2021.

The Black Aquatic: On Water, Art and Black Movement

A Winter School webinar with Professor Rinaldo Walcott