The Team

Paul Zilungisele Tembe

Research FELLOW

Dr Paul Zilungisele TEMBE (谭哲理) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs and an Associate Professor at the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China.

His academic interest range between historical studies, performative and linguistic theories, information communications technologies, cultural studies, and foreign policy.

He completed an M.A in Kiswahili Studies at Uppsala University in Uppsala (2007, Sweden) and a PhD in Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013 Hong Kong, China).

His research and teaching stints have been done at, inter alia, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Stellenbosch University, Uppsala University, the University of South Africa (UNISA), and at Rhodes University. His current study, looks at the paradigm shifts in geopolitics towards a new world order titled “Fear of Equality – Instilling Meritocracy”.

He is the author of Ubuntu Beyond Identities – Isintu as a Performative Turn of Ubuntu (Real African Publishers, 2020). He is the lead editor of a book titled Culture, Identities and Ideology in Africa-China Cooperation (Africa World Press, 2020). He has also contributed essays and chapters in several published books: Africa-China and Partnerships Relations (Africa World Press, 2018), Industrialization and Agricultural Modernization (Africa Institute of South Africa, 2018).

He is professionally fluent in English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Swedish, SeSotho, Xitsonga and IsiZulu