I am a PhD student in the department of Anthropology. I received my Bachelors degree from Wheaton College (MA). While an undergraduate, I studied abroad in London and Cape Town. I wrote my senior anthropology thesis, Racialized Paths and the Business of Township Tourism, on the tensions of power within walking tours of Langa Township in Cape Town, South Africa.
For my dissertation research, I plan to continue studying the dynamics of township tourism, exploring what kinds of narratives are created, reinforced and re-imagined through the interactions that occur within this type of tourism, interplays of power, ideas of authenticity, and the industrys implications for the political economy of South Africa. My own South African heritage has led me to pursue these areas of research and informs my interest in how racial inequalities become embodied and inform personhood in South Africa.
Her work is theoretically situated within anthropological approaches to power and the construction of ‘centers and margins’, cultural poetics, place making, phenomenology and racial experience as embodied difference.
‘Oh I Love the Vibe’: Dissertation Year Fellow Studies Elements That Shape Life in South Africa’s Townships
Sep 30, 2019
Dissertation Year Fellow Emily de Wet is an anthropology student and dissertation year fellow who studies the “vibes” that make up the social and cultural fabric of South African townships.