[Re]-presenting knowledge: Critical reflections on the coverage of xenophobia research in the South African media, 2008 to 2013

This presentation was made at the 23rd Annual South African Sociological Association (SASA) Conference at Rhodes University on 28 June, 2016. maHp researcher Kuda Vanyoro argues that there is a tendency by South African newspapers to merely report ‘using’ findings, and not ‘on’ them. He cites this as problematic as it often reinforces existing viewpoints, paradigms and discourses that portray foreign migrants negatively. Consequently there is a clear tension between discourses and knowledges of ‘empirics’ and ‘popular perceptions’ evident in a majority of the analysed texts.

Visit Kuda’s blog to read more about this presentation: Reflections – Brief reflections on my presentation at SASA 2016.

About Kudo Vanyoro

Kuda Vanyoro is a MA student at the African Centre for Migration & Society. In 2015, he was an Honours student at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe and a visiting student at ACMS. Kuda‘s Honours dissertation was on ‘Representing a re-presentation: Coverage of xenophobia research findings in the Mail & Guardian and Sowetan, 2008-2013’. He also conducted a yearlong study on research uptake and translation around ‘unpopular’ causes in the Global South, publishing his first academic paper titled ‘Pragmatic Pathways: Critical perspectives on research uptake in the Global South’.

In 2013, Kuda was awarded an International Human Rights Exchange Programme special scholarship from Bard College and the University of the Witwatersrand where he acquired distinguished multidisciplinary human rights education. During the course of the programme, he served as a Communications and Advocacy Intern at the Albert Street School for Refugees in Johannesburg where he became exposed to as well as interested in migration issues through his interaction with Zimbabwean refugees.

Kuda first joined ACMS in February 2014 as a Research, Communications and Outreach Intern and was nominated for the Migrating out of Poverty Research Internship Scheme from April to October 2014. His internship involved supporting all ACMS communications work, preparing and packaging policy briefs, research data capturing, undertaking desktop research and blogging on contemporary issues related to migration and poverty in Southern Africa.

Kuda will be supporting MaHP communications and research uptake, and blogging on his MA research that focuses on the role of street level bureaucrats in the South African policymaking and delivery process.