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Dr. Anusa Daimon

 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Curriculum Vitae

  • Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Georg Forster Fellowship for Experienced Reseachers, University of Freiburg, Germany, [11/2023- 04/2025]


  • Senior Lecturer, History Department, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi, [04/2022 - Current]


  • Research Associate, International Studies Group, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, [01/2017 - 12/2021]


  • Senior Lecturer, History Department, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, [06/2016 – 05/2022]


  • Chairperson, History Department, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, [02/2018 - 10/2020]


  • Lecturer, History Department, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, [10/2008 - 12/2012]


  • Tutor, History Department, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, [11/2003 - 09/2008]


  • High School History Teacher, Ministry of Education, Zimbabwe, [08/2003 - 11/2003]


  • PhD in History, University of The Free State, Bloemfontein, 2016
    • Thesis: ‘Mabhurandaya’: The Malawian Diaspora in Zimbabwe, 1895-2008
    • Supervisor: Prof Ian Phimister


  • MA in African History, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2007


  • BA Honours in History, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2003

Regionale Forschungsschwerpunkte

Malawian, Zimbabwean, Mozambican and South African geo-spatial frontiers

Thematische Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • migration,
  • labour,
  • state politics,
  • ethnic minorities,
  • citizenship,
  • statelessness,
  • borders and borderlands in southern Africa.

Aktuelle Forschungsaktivitäten

  • For his fellowship stay in Germany, Anusa will be working on the impact of the 2008 African Union Border Program on Malawian and Mozambican borderland communities.

Die wichtigsten Publikationen


Being Alien and Stateless: Trans-Zambezian Migrant Encounters with State Social Engineering in Zimbabwe (Under review - Ohio University Press)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

‘The Rabble-rouser: Robert Sambo’s ICU Stint in Rhodesia’ in Noor Nieftagodien, David Johnson, and Lucien van der Walt (eds), Labour Struggles in Southern Africa, 1919-1949: New Perspectives on the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), Johannesburg: HSRC Press, 2023

‘Human and Commodity Smuggling across the Zimbabwe–South Africa Border, 2000–2009’, in U. Kufakurinani, E. Makombe, N. Chimhete and P. Nyambara (eds), Zimboes Never Die? Negotiating Survival in a Challenged economy, 1990s to 2015, BRILL, 2023

‘Unfolding realities of urbanism at the margins: Beitbridge (Zimbabwe) and Musina (South Africa) Border Towns as a Single Urban Frontier’, in N. Pophiwa, J. Matanzima and K. Helliker (eds), Borderlands in Zimbabwe, Cham: Springer, 2023

‘Malawian Encounters with the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle and Resultant Identities’, in M. Nyakudya and W. Mwatwara (eds), Revolutionaries and Sellouts in Zimbabwe’s History, London: Routledge, 2023

‘Cultural Economic Survival under Crisis-Malawian Nyau/Gule Wamkulu Dances and Zimbabwe’s Economic Meltdown’, in Helliker, K., Chadambuka, P., Matanzima, J. (eds) Livelihoods of Ethnic Minorities in Rural Zimbabwe. Cham: Springer, 2022

In the Shadows of the Third Chimurenga?: African Migrant Intermediaries and Beneficiaries within Zimbabwe’s Agrarian Reform Matrix, Critical African Studies, 13,2, 2021

Settling in Motion as Consciousness: Nyasa (Malawian) Informal Transit across Southern Rhodesia towards South Africa from the 1910s to the 1950s, African Studies, 80,1, 2021

‘Totemless Aliens’: The Historical Antecedents of the Anti-Malawian Discourse in Zimbabwe, 1920s-79’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 44,6, 2018

‘Ringleaders and Troublemakers’: Malawian (Nyasa) Migrants and Transnational Labour Movements in Southern Africa, c.1910 to 1960, Labour History, 58, 5, 2017

Commuter Migration Across Artificial Frontiers: The Case of Partitioned Communities Along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Border, Journal of Borderlands Studies, 31, 4, 2016

‘Yao migrant communities, identity construction and social mobilisation against HIV and AIDS through circumcision schools in Zimbabwe’, in Marian Burchardt, Amy Patterson and Louise Mubanda Rasmussen, (eds), The Politics and Anti-Politics of Social Movements: Religion and AIDS in Africa, London: Routledge, 2016

‘ZANU (PF)'s Manipulation of the ‘Alien’ Vote in Zimbabwean Elections: 1980-2013’, South African Historical Journal, 68, 1, 2016

‘Colonial Legacy and Post-Independent Student Activism at the University of Zimbabwe: 1980-2003’, in Seke Katsamudanga and Joseph Mujere (eds.), University of Zimbabwe at Sixty, Harare: UZP, 2015

‘Politics of ‘Othering’ and the Struggle for Citizenship in Independent Zimbabwe: Voices from Malawian Descendants’, in Africa Insight, 44, 1, 2014

‘Yao Migrant Communities, Identity Construction and Social Mobilisation against HIV/AIDS through Circumcision Schools in Zimbabwe’, Canadian Journal of African Studies, 47, 2, 2013

‘The Mazwikadei Dam as an Axis of Life’; The Hydropolitics of Dam Construction, Human Survival and Economic Development in Post-Independent Zimbabwe’, in Carolina Bilibio, Oliver Hensel, Jeferson Selbach (eds.), Sustainable Water Management in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics Volume 4, Jaguarao: Unikassel-PGCUlt-UFMA, 2012

‘The most beautiful game or the most gender violent sport’? Exploring the interface between soccer, gender, and violence in Zimbabwe, in Jimoh Shehu (ed.), Gender, Sport and Development in Africa: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Patterns of Representations and Marginalization, Codesria, Dakar, 2010

‘Migrant Chewa identities and their construction through Gule Wamkulu dances in Zimbabwe’, in Bahru Zwede (ed.), Society, State and Identity in African History, Forum for Social Studies, Addis Ababa, 2008

‘Education in Jando Schools: An analysis of social and moral education during rites of passage in Zimbabwe’, in Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, Special Issue on Historical, Religious and Moral Perspectives, 19, 2, 2007

Book Reviews

Jeanne Marie Penvenne, Women, Migration and the Cashew Economy in Southern Mozambique, 1945-1975, Woodridge: James Currey, 2015 (281 pages), African Historical Review, (2019) DOI:    10.1080/17532523.2019.1603826

Peter Delius, Laura Philips and Fiona Rankin-Smith (eds.), A Long Way Home: Migrant Worker Worlds, 1800-2014, Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2014 (280 pages), African Historical Review, 47:2, 180-182, (2015)

Clapperton Mavhunga, Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014, (280 pages), South African Historical Journal, 69:1, 147-149, (2017)

Kings M. Phiri, John McCracken, and Wapulumuka O. Mulwafu (eds.), Malawi in Crisis: The 1959/60 Nyasaland State of Emergency and its Legacy, Zomba: Kachere Books, 2013, African Affairs, 114:454, 166-168, (2015)

John McCracken, A History of Malawi: 1859-1966, Woodbridge: James Currey, 2012 (485 pages), South African Historical Journal, 66:3, 602-604, (2014)

James Brennan, Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2012 (292 pages), African Historical Review, 46:1, 117-119, (2014)

Forthcoming Publications

The Politics of the Migrant Labour Remittance System in British Central Africa, African Economic History, (Accepted for publication) 

Prominent Malawian Machona Progenies in Zimbabwe, Southern Journal of Contemporary History, (Under review)



University of Malawi and University of Zimbabwe: Since 2008, he has taught and introduced various courses on African and global history to undergraduate and postgraduate students.