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Dr. Femke Brandt

Dr. Femke Brandt
Department of Anthropology
Post-Doctoral fellow

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​Femke is a GES postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Her work is inspired by struggles for social justice and equality in society. Besides research and publishing, she lectures and supervises Anthropology students. Until 2016, Femke was a postdoctoral fellow in the NRF Chair on Land reform and democracy in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. And before that she was a PhD student and lecturer at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research interests are re-configurations of power, forms of resistance, land reform, labour struggles, state formation, autonomy and questions of belonging. She writes academic publications and occassional public commentaries in both English and Dutch-language media such as Daily Maverick and Waterstof. 

Academic publications:

Brandt, F., J. Josefsson and M. Spierenburg. 2018. Power and politics in stakeholder engagement: farm dweller (in)visibility and conversions to game farming in South Africa. Ecology and Society 23(3):32. 

Brandt, F. 2018. South Africa's dangerous game: re-configuring power and belonging in the Karoo. In: Brandt, F. and G. Mkodzongi (Eds.). Land Reform Revisited: Democracy, state making and agrarian transformation in post-apartheid South Africa, p58-77. Leiden: Brill Publishers.

Brandt, F. and G. Mkodzongi (Eds.). 2018. Land Reform Revisited: Democracy, state making and agrarian transformation in post-apartheid South Africa. Leiden: Brill Publishers.

Brandt, F. and J. Josefsson. 2017. Sexuality and power on South African game farms; reflections on positionality and emotions in ethnographic research'. Emotion, space and society 23, p26-32.

Brandt, F. and F. Ncapayi. 2016. The meaning of compliance with land and labour legislation: understanding justice through farm workers' experiences in the Eastern Cape. Anthropology Southern Africa, 39(3): 215-231.

Brandt, F. 2016. Power battles on South African trophy-hunting farms: farm workers, resistance and mobility in the Karoo. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 34(1): 161-185.

Brandt, F. and M. Spierenburg. 2014. 'Game Fences in the Karoo: reconfiguring spatial and social relations'. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 32(2), 220-237.