Duduzile Ndlovu


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Dudu Ndlovu is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand where she completed her PhD in 2017. She is a recipient of a Newton Advanced Fellowship (2018-2020) through which, she is developing a decolonial arts based research agenda using poetic inquiry.

Dr Ndlovu’s research interests include: exploring arts-based research methods as a form of decolonising knowledge production; interrogating intersectionality through narrative work; and analysing the gendered politics of memory. She has used this approach in research exploring mobility, transitional justice, memory and emerging politics in Africa’s rapidly growing cities’ populations.

Dr Ndlovu’s PhD thesis explored Zimbabwean migrants’ use of art (poetry, music, drama, film) to navigate precarious lives; speak about violence – including the Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe and xenophobia in South Africa, and memorialise those events.

Dr Ndlovu is passionate about research communication to wider audiences beyond the academy. She translated her PhD dissertation into poetry as a strategy to include the research participants.


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Moving Words: Exploring mobility and urban inclusion through poetry based methods

August 23, 2020 0 Comments

Find out more about the Moving Words Project, which is a two-year collaboration between the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Edinburgh.

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The Migrant Nurse Dilemma (Creative Intervention)

June 10, 2020 0 Comments

In this article postdoctoral researcher Dudu Ndlovu offers a poetic transcription of an interview between a researcher and a migrant nurse.

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How poetry can represent research

March 21, 2018

Today is World Poetry Day, and in South Africa, where I live and work it is Human Rights Day, a national public holiday commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. Is there way poetry and human rights can come together? And is there a way that poetry can be used as part of research on rights-based issues?

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Tango with HIV

November 30, 2017 0 Comments

PODCAST: In commemoration of World AIDS Day (1 December), maHp/ ACMS post-doctoral researcher Dudu Ndlovu shares her poem on HIV/AIDS.

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Illegal Immigrant

Postdoctoral researcher Duduzile Ndlovu blogs about presenting her PhD thesis back to the research participants she had worked with, using poetry.

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