Fellows & Grantees

Florence Ncube

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2018
Project Title
Migrants and political violence in South Africa: the case of Rwandan former soldiers living as refugees in Cape Town
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Anthropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape


Florence Ncube is a PhD candidate in anthropology. Her research interests straddle along military studies, violence, and migration. Her PhD examines the post military lives of Rwandan army deserters who, after escaping the post-conflict Rwandan army, live as exiles in South Africa. This work seeks to understand the transition of these former soldiers, from military to post military life in exile, particularly where they are being ‘hunted’ by the Rwandan state. It further investigates the ways in which Rwandan army deserters navigate surveillance and state sponsored violence, allegedly perpetrated by Rwandan state security agents who hide behind the violent subcultures of South Africa. Ncube has been a teaching assistant, a tutor, and mentor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Western Cape, in South Africa. She is also an affiliate member of the International Refugee Law Initiative and was recently invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Critical Military Studies.