Zimitri Erasmus

Zimitri Erasmus is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her scholarly work critiques the continued use of apartheid race categories and racialized biomedicine and recreational genetics, engaging with theories of creolization and anti-racism as decolonizing praxis. Her book Race Otherwise (2017) conceptualizes the boundaries between racial identities as thresholds that are to be crossed through politically charged acts of imagination and love. Erasmus is the editor of the seminal volume Coloured by History, Shaped by Place: New Perspectives on Coloured Identities in Cape Town (2001). In 2010, she was a Harvard-UCT Mandela Mellon Fellow.

As of March 2018