PhD Project (2022–2024): Amaggirha Nemicimbi: The Art of Healing (Research Area Migration)
Zikhona is an Anthropologist that writes about traditional healers. She had her first encounter with traditional healers when she was doing her Honours degree, where she conducted a study investigating healers‘ conceptualizations of mental illness. This inspired her Masters project- a study on the role of intergenerational knowledges in the making of healers ritual performances. Her PhD project is a continuation of both her Honours and Masters projects and it seeks to understand the place of healers in contemporary society through their artistic practices of dance, fashion, songs, poetry and storytelling. It is a decolonial project, aimed to reveal a unique understanding of healers in society, allowing them to be the knowledge producers of their practices and their worlds.