In this article, the two authors, academics from different contexts and both aware of their
whiteness, focus on their own vulnerable selves. The aim is to reflect on their specific agency
in this project1 and to create awareness for subjectivity in research. What are the challenges of
two white academics – the one from a first world country with a baggage of colonialism, and
the other from South Africa with the apartheid baggage? On the one hand, they are not
‘vulnerable’ selves but indeed very privileged selves. On the other hand, there is an awareness
of the fact that this very privilege puts researchers in a vulnerable situation, especially in doing
research on Ubuntu in an African context.
This article is part of the Special Collection titled ‘Spatial Justice and Reconciliation’, sub-edited by Stephan de Beer, of the
Department of Practical Theology and the Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria.