Silindile Nanzile Mlilo
Exploring second- and third-generation migrants’ subjective position amidst post-colonial independence in Africa: identity, belonging, and the concept of citizenship as officially constructed by the state
Silindile has a Bachelor of Social Work degree, and a Masters in Human Rights from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. She completed a second two-year mobility Erasmus Mundus Masters in Advanced Development in Social Work, at the University of Lincoln, Aalborg University, Instituto Superior de Ciencias Sociais e Politicas, Universidade De Lisboa and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense. She is currently a PhD candidate in Migration and Displacement at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Silindile is passionate about research focused on migrants and refugees and about working around issues of youth development. She has been involved in several voluntary positions where she has offered her research skills on refugee issues and engaged in community development projects aimed at empowering youth and children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Her current research interests include exploring the concepts of identity, belonging, and the meaning of citizenship in contexts where indigeneity and ethnicity are the foundation of national discourse and practice.