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Josias Tembo

Doctoral Candidate


Josias Tembo is a PhD researcher in ethics and political philosophy at Radboud University in Nijmegen Netherlands. He has a BA in philosophy from St John Vianney Seminary, BA Honours philosophy and master degree in philosophy on African identity from the University of Pretoria. His research interest is in postcolonial political theory, critical philosophy of race and African philosophy. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria in the department of philosophy.

Josias has published articles and book chapters:

Tembo J. (2020) Hegel’s Bondsman Dialectic and the African: A Critical Appraisal of Achille Mbembe’s Colonial Subjects. In Kistner U., & van Haute P. (eds) Violence, Slavery and Freedom between Hegel and Fanon. Wits University Press, Johannesburg. 

Tembo J., Gerber S. (2020) Toward a Postcolonial Universal Ontology. In: Imafidon E. (eds) Handbook of African Philosophy of Difference. Handbooks in Philosophy. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14835-5_8

Tembo, J. (2018) Mbembe at the Lekgotla of Foucault’s Self-Styling and African Identity. Phronimon 19.  https://doi.org/10. 25159/2413-3086/2121.


Global Perspectives on the Race-Religion Constellation

Researchers: Josias Tembo

Josias Tembo is a PhD researcher who forms part of the Race-Religion Constellation Research Project. Within the broader framework of the race-religion intersection research project (Topolski 2018 & Meer2013), this PhD study focuses on the questions: What is the relationship between the ‘Semite’ (Jews and Arabs) and the creation of the ‘pagan’ from the indigenous peoples of Sub-Saharan African and Americas? Was this process of othering constitutive in the formation of exclusionary modern political communities? How has this political-theological logic co-constituted the political racialization of these categorized peoples interrelatedly (changed from the political subject of Christianity and its other (s)) to overtime to create contemporary political practices or racial exclusion? Taking a philosophical and interdisciplinary approach, the research will examine the race-religion constellation from the perspective of Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Josias Tembo

Doctoral Candidate