This profile was current as of 2014, when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.

Antina von Schnitzler (PhD, Columbia University), an anthropologist, joins the Kellogg community as a fall 2014 visiting fellow. An assistant professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School, her research focuses on citizenship, democracy and protest; the anthropology of science and technology; the politics of infrastructure; neoliberalism; colonialism and postcoloniality; and South Africa.

At Kellogg, von Schnitzler will be working on her book manuscript, “Democracy’s Infrastructure: Neoliberalism, Techno-Politics and Citizenship after Apartheid.” The book takes the widespread contemporary “service delivery protests” as a starting point for a historical and ethnographic investigation of democracy and the politics of infrastructure in South Africa.

Based on over 18 months of archival research and fieldwork in Soweto and Johannesburg, the book is a historically informed ethnography of conceptions, technologies, and practices of citizenship and techno-politics at the contradictory juncture of liberation and liberalization in post-apartheid South Africa.

Von Schnitzler’s work has appeared in the Journal of Southern African StudiesCultural Anthropology, and American Ethnologist.

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