Associate professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand

Zimitri Erasmus is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing her PhD at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, she taught at the University of Cape Town where she became a Distinguished Teacher. Her scholarly work on creolisation and anti-racisms as decolonizing praxis informs her published critique of continued use of apartheid race categories and of racialised biomedicine and recreational genetics.

Recent Publications
Erasmus, Z. ‘Throwing the Genes: A Renewed Biological Imaginary of ‘Race’, Place and Identification’. Theoria: A journal of social and political theory 136, September 2013.
Erasmus, Z. ‘Forgotten photographs find voice’. A review of Darren Newbury’s People Apart: 1950s Cape Town Revisited with Photographs by Bryan Heseltine. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 15 (2) 2014. [Book Review].
Erasmus, Z. 'The Nation, its populations and their re-calibration: South African affirmative action in a neoliberal age'. Cultural Dynamics 27 (1) 2015.


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    Associate professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand