Staff Profile

/Dr Lyton Ncube


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Johannesburg 2016-2019).
  • PhD Cultural and Media Studies (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal 2012-2014)
  • MSc Media and Society Studies (Midlands State University 2010-2011)
  • BSc Media and Society Studies (Midlands State University 2005-2009)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Midlands State University 2012-2013)

Research Interests

  • Political economy of the media
  • Cultural Studies and Sociology of Sport
  • Nationalism, Identities and Representation.
  • Decolonial and post-colonial studies

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Ncube, L. & Tomaselli, K. G. (2019), ‘‘‘Watch my back and I watch yours’’: Beyond Habermas’ public sphere concept in democratic and participatory dimensions of pre-colonial Shona society public spaces’, Journal of African Media Studies, 11:1, pp. 35–50, doi: 10.1386/jams.11.1.35_1
  • Ncube L & Chawana F (2018) What Is in a Song? Constructions of Hegemonic Masculinity by Zimbabwean Football Fans, Muziki, 15:1, 68-88, DOI: 10.1080/18125980.2018.1503560
  • Ncube L (2018): ‘Highlander Ithimu yezwe lonke!’: intersections of Highlanders FC fandom and Ndebele ethnic nationalism in Zimbabwe, Sport in Society, 21:9, 1364-1381, DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1388788
  • Ncube L and Munoriyarwa A (2018) See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil? The Press, Violence and Hooliganism at the ‘Battle of Zimbabwe’. Soccer & Society, 19:5-6, 842-857, DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2017.1399612
  • Vanyoro K and Ncube L (2018) [Re]-presenting knowledge: Exploring the coverage of xenophobia research findings in the Mail& Guardian and the Sowetan 2008-2013. Journal of  Communication and Media Research.
  • Ncube L. (2017) Sport’s journalists and corruption in Zimbabwean football: Reflections on the Asia-gate scandal. Communicatio, 43:3-4, 19-35, DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2017.1385499
  • Ncube L (2017) Visualising Diverse Religious Performances: The “Sacred” and the “Profane” in Zimbabwean Football, Critical Arts, 31:4, 69-88, DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2017.1386698
  • Ncube L and Moyo L (2017) Can Highlanders FC break the jinx? Contesting press discourses on Highlanders FC’s nine-year failure in the ‘battle of Zimbabwe’. African Identities, DOI: 10.1080/14725843.2017.1332981
  • Ncube L (2016) ‘Bhora Mugedhi Versus Bhora Musango’: The interface between Football Discourse and Zimbabwean Politics International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51(2) 201–218.
  • Ncube L (2014) The interface between football and ethnic identity discourses in Zimbabwe. Critical African Studies 6:2-3, 192-210. DO1: 10.1080/21681392.2014.951153



  • Ncube L. ‘Zimbabwe will never be a colony again’: Intersections of football Online-fandom, race and ‘post-colonial’ discourses in Zimbabwe. Journal of Pan African Studies.


  • Ncube L. Online football fandom as a microcosm of the digital participation divide in Zimbabwe (Book chapter, on Mapping New Perspectives and Debates on Digital Divide in Africa, (Eds.) Mutsvairo B & Massimo R, University of Amsterdam press).
  • Ncube L ‘General Chiwenga give us a boob-less commander-in-chief’: Misogyny, Sexism and Hegemonic masculinity in Zimbabwe’s Operation Restore Legacy. (Eds.) Ndlovu-Gatsheni S & Ruhanya P, UNISA Press.
  • Ncube L and Mhiripiri N.A Mediatization of Zimbabwe’s Professional Football League Management Style and Intellectual Property Rights in Crisis Times.


  • Mokone L (2018)Kalamazoo Remembered, in Critical Arts, 32:2, 134-136, DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2017.1405454
  • Ncube L (2015) African football, identity politics and global media narratives: The legacy of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, African Journalism Studies. (Book Review).


Received Postdoctoral Excellence Award in the Faculty of Humanities for Outstanding Research and Academic Citizenship (November 2018).



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