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Prof. Dr. Melissa E. Steyn

Melissa Steyn has been developing Diversity Studies as a field in Higher Education since founding iNCUDISA (Intercultural and Diversity Studies of Southern Africa) at UCT in 2001. Her work engages with intersecting hegemonic social formations, but she is best known for her publications on whiteness and white identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Her book, Whiteness just isn’t what is used to be: White identity in a changing South Africa (2001, SUNY Press) won the 2002 Outstanding Scholarship Award in International and Intercultural Communication from the National Communication Association in the United States. She is currently establishing The Wits Centre for Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Selected Publications

  • Steyn, Melissa E. (2012). “The Ignorance Contract: Recollections of Apartheid Childhoods and the Construction of Epistemologies of Ignorance.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 19(1). 8-25.
  • Drzewiecka, Jolanta A., and Melissa E. Steyn (2012). “Racial Immigration Incorporation: Material-Symbolic Articulation of Identities.” Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 5(1). 1-19.
  • Steyn, Melissa E., ed. (2010). Being Different Together: Case Studies on Diversity Interventions in Some South African Organisations. Cape Town: iNCUDISA. Ebook.
  • Steyn, Melissa E. (2010). “‘The Creed of the White Kid:’ A Diss-apology.” The Blackwell Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Steyn, Melissa E., and Mikki Van Zyl, eds. (2009). The Prize and the Price: Shaping Sexualities in South Africa. Human Science Research Council Press.