Fellow: Department of Philosophy, MA
Kiasha Naidoo is an MA Philosophy student at the University of the Western Cape and an Andrew W. Mellon Masters Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research. She recently completed a BA Honours (cum laude) in Philosophy from UWC during which time she was an Honours Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research on the Recentring AfroAsia Project. Kiasha also holds a BA in PPE (Political Science, Philosophy and Economics) from Stellenbosch University.
Kiasha’s research has to do with thinking neoliberalism as a governing rationality in the domain of means and ends. Moreover, to consider the way that such a rationality might bear on the human subject in terms of its ontology as fundamentally futural. She draws on the work of Michel Foucault and Wendy Brown in order to consider the functioning, limits, and high points of the exercise of power on subjects and collectivities with regard to life and death. Her research interest includes the effects of a neoliberal governmentality on our democratic ideals, notions of political collectivity, as well as on virtues and ends such as freedom, equality, and justice.
Naidoo, K., 2020. Neoliberalism’s last breath: thinking politico-economic well-being during and beyond COVID-19, 92-99. Revista de Filosofie Aplicată, 3(S1).