Dr Gregory Maxaulane


 Room 5.30, Robert Leslie Social 


  • Roles

    • Undergraduate teaching and postgraduate teaching and supervision
    • Undergraduate Committee member
    • Research and Collaboration Committee member
  • Biography

    Gregory Maxaulane graduated with his PhD in Political Studies from Wits University in 2019. His PhD was nominated for the Wits Humanities Book Prize. He also holds an MA (Wits), BA. Hons (Wits), and a BSc. Hons (UZ).

  • External Appointments

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  • Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact

    Research Areas

    • Gregory Maxaulane’s work focuses on the intersection between the fields of African and black studies, politics, philosophy, and literature.

    Current Research 

    • Gregory Maxaulane’s current work focuses on how the conception of death, sound, myth, and madness as transformative historical forces enable us to consider the possibility for the conditions of rupture, rebellion, or revolution within the colonial context. He is currently working on a monograph titled On the Poetics of Death, an article titled Reflections on Biko’s Meditations on Death, and another article titled The Dialectics of Madness and Resistance in Psychoanalytic Theory å la Fanon and Lacan.
  • Teaching

    Undergradaute teaching

    • POL1004S Introduction to Politics
    • POL2002F Political Theory

    Postgraduate teaching

    • POL4030F/5030F Discourse, Ideology, and Textuality


  • Postgrad Supervision

    • Topics in the areas of political and social theory, culture and history, the interpretation of African mythologies, the political sociology and historiography of South Africa, and works in criticism. These broadly cover African nationalism, liberation wars, anti-colonial theory, negritude, postcolonial theory, black sonics, Afro-pessimism, Afro-optimism, structuralism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, psychoanalytic theory, hermeneutics, phenomenology, existentialism, surrealism, dadaism, Language, mathematical discourse, Marxism and Post-Marxism.

  • Publications 

    • Maxaulane, G. (2022), Reflections on Biko's Mediations of Death" Textual Practice; DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2022.2111703, pp 1-18
    • Maxaulane, G. (2022), Fanon on the Dialectics of Madness and Struggle, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, Vol. 69 172 pp 1-18