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Ms Shanee Giani

Ms Shanee Giani
Department of Anthropology
Assistant Lecturer

Contact Details
D Ring 501
011 559 2859


BA Undergraduate Degree in Psychology (University of Johannesburg)

BA (Hons) in Anthropology (University of Johannesburg)

MA Anthropology (University of Johannesburg)

Research interests

In 2016, I graduated with an Honours degree in Anthropology. My Honours research was centred around Understanding the everyday lives of Beggars and Window washes at an intersection in Edenvale, Johannesburg. Here, I conducted an ethnographic study which focused on the experiences and challenges that window washers and beggars faced as a result of the instating of the policy Operation ke molao.

Currently, I have just completed my Master's degree which focused on exploring the "human experience'' of sleep through understanding sleep narratives. Research was conducted at a Department, at the University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park campus. The sleep narratives revealed issues around the social, economic and political factors that play a role in our everyday sleep experiences. But also showed the meaning of sleep within our fast-paced world. Hence, my research interests are aimed towards learning about culture and understanding social issues.

My passion for anthropology has developed through my interest in social and cultural phenomenon. Anthropology has taught me to learn more about the world and has opened my mind to much broader horizons.


2018 Monica Wilson Student Prize