Welcome to our Researcher:
by Kellyn Botha
11 April 2018, South Africa
Iranti would like to say a warm welcome our latest addition to the team, Lihle Ngcobozi, who has taken up the position of Researcher with us.
Originally from Durban, Lihle moved to Grahamstown where she studied Politics and Legal Theory, achieving a Masters in International Studies. After seven years in academia, Lihle came to Johannesburg and joined Iranti.
While studying, Lihle got involved with the Black Students’ Movement (BSM) during the #FeesMustFall protests, and considers it a time of political and social awakening for herself.
“BSM gave me a space to be fully black and be secure in my identity; a space where I could be unashamed of myself,” says Lihle, whose academic background is sure to prove a great boost to Iranti’s work, she feels, given the lack of solid LGBTI research in the region.
Lihle is excited at the fresh new ideas coming to the fore in African academia, and loves to read the latest works from a wide range of disciplines and this passion is sure to translate into fresh and intersectional ideas for Iranti’s own work in the lesbian, intersex and transgender communities.
“Iranti has the opportunity to create a space where we have a solid footing in the academic field. I’m hoping we can implement a two-tiered understanding of our work, with on-the-ground activism on one hand, and knowledge creation on the other, working together to create positive change.”