Ross Truscott

Senior Lecturer and Researcher

My research, grounded in critical social theory and psychoanalysis, reflects on the reciprocal, mutually constitutive relation between social institutions and psychic life, an undertaking that requires attending to the sociological and the philosophical, to their points of correspondence and tension. Most recently I have considered the relation between the postal system, as an apparatus of colonial discipline, and conceptions of psychological interiority and deviance. The book manuscript on which I am working offers a critique of the discourse of empathy and its power relations. Tracing the history and the structure of the injunction to empathise, The Order of Empathy is most interested in the work of those who have critically reoriented the related notions of fellow feeling and cosmopolitanism from the perspective of the colonised. I am a co-editor of Remains of the Social: Desiring the Postapartheid(Wits University Press, 2017,, an associate editor of Psychology in Society, an editor of Kronos: South African Histories, and am on the editorial board of Social Dynamics. A list of publications is available here:

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Kronos: Southern African Histories 46

The CHR is excited to announce the publication of Other Lives of the Image, a special issue of the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories.

Re-Centring Afro Asia Conference

The CHR presented a panel with the Centres’ Patricia Hayes, Luis Gimenez and Kiasha Naidoo, chaired by Ross Truscott discussing the possibilities and approaches to the invocation of the precolonial at the recently convened Afro-Asia Conference.

The Dream of the Royal Road: Psychoanalysis and the Post

The CHR is delighted to announce the latest publication from CHR Next Gen researcher, Ross Truscott, titled ‘The Dream of the Royal Road: Psychoanalysis and the Post’ published in Cultural Critique.

Global Apartheid: A Genealogy of Biopolitical Sovereignty

A seminar course on Global Apartheid co-taught by Professor Cesare Casarino and Dr. Ross Truscott will take place in the first semester of 2020.

Kronos 43: What is the university in Africa for?

2017 Special Issue edited by Ross Truscott and Maurits Van Bever Donker

A Nervous State by Nancy Rose Hunt: Book Launch

Duke University Press, Clarke’s Bookshop and the Centre for Humanities Research, UWC invite you to the launch of the new book by Nancy Rose Hunt (Professor of History & African Studies, University of Florida)

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