Postgraduate Program and Supervision

 

My mandate at North West is to develop a top postgraduate program in anthropology. I am working closely with colleagues and the CTL to do this, and of course our remarkable MA students. A weekly seminar series, regular workshops and a virtual community are all part of this process.

Education

PhD Anthropology Stanford University 2017

 

MSc Forced Migration Oxford University 2010

 

BSocSci (Hons) University of Cape Town 2008

Undergraduate Teaching

 

 

 

I currently teach and support at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. My goal is to bring a distinctly non-South African orientation into the department, and expose students to new perspectives, technologies and tools.

 

Regions2050: South Atlantic and Indian Ocean

 

One of my primary research focus areas at present is an ethnographic study of undersea internet cables in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean Region through WiSER's 'Regions2050: Mobile Spaces, Porous Borders, and Pathways of Regionalisation'.

 

Carbon

 

 

 

In recognition of the carbon my academic training has cost the word, I work with the Great Labyrinth of Africa Initaitve in planting and maintaining spekboom trees.

 

Why Jahaj?

Jahaj is the Hindi word for boat. It is also what happens when my own initials are placed next to those of my life partner. Using the word in this way, I acknowledge that my work takes place within the family, nourished by home, relationality and care. (On a practical level, the text is pointed here from jessauerbach.net).

. _ . Knowledge     Mobilities. . .
21st C. Curricula  South Atlantic <--->       Indian Ocean;   connection.

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

North West University

Research Affiliate

Centre for Research in Higher Education, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Curtin University, Mauritius

Universidade Katyavala Bwila, Angola

 

Research Areas: Angola, South Atlantic, Mauritius, Indian Ocean,

Curriculum Studies

Research Thematics: class, aesthetics, science and technology studies, decoloniality, 21st century pedagogy, multinodal ethnography.

jess.auerbach@nwu.ac.za