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Dr Fawzia Haeri Mazanderani

Post:Associate Faculty (Education)
Location:ARTS C
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Fawzia is a PhD candidate in Education, with a background in Social Anthropology and work experience with different education related NGOs. Her research interests intersect the work of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) and the Centre for International Education (CIE). Fawzia's PhD, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, explores how South Africans, born post-apartheid and within a rural township, develop aspirations towards their futures. The fieldwork for this took place over ten months in Mpumalanga province and involved extensive observations (within the classroom and broader community), in-depth interviews, focus groups and analysis of select curriculum content.

Teaching experience:
'Introduction to the Social Anthropology of Development and Difference' (1st year) - University of Cape Town
'Belief and Symbolism' (2nd year) - University of Cape Town
'Ethics and Human Rights' (3rd year) - University of Cape Town
'Contexts of Childhoods 2: Communities, Institutions and Societies' (3rd year) - University of Sussex
‘Speaking back’ to the self : A call for ‘voice notes’ as reflexive practice for feminist ethnographers’,  Journal of International Women’s Studies forthcoming 2017.
Conference Presentations: 

‘Developing Disenchantment: Exploring Myths as Meaning Making Systems,' Myth(s) in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2015), University of York, United Kingdom.

Dignity without history? An ethnographic study of how ‘born free’ South Africans consider their freedom, 6th Annual International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (2015), Bangaleru, India.

‘Navigating the new South Africa’: An ethnographic study of the ‘born free’ generation in Mpumalanga, Crosscurrents Postgraduate Conference (2016), University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The Future Is Not What We Thought It Would be: The Gap Between Aspirations and Actualisation in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2016), 3rd International Sociology Association Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria.

Happiness is a middle-class word': An ethnographic account of how previously disadvantaged South African youth envision a happy future, African Studies Association of the United Kingdom Biennial Conference (2016), Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Enough about me, what about you?’ An ethnographic exploration in troubling the researcher/participant dichotomy (paper presented in absentia), American Anthropological Association Annual meeting (2016), Minnesota, United States.

Speaking back’ to the self : A call for ‘voice notes’ as reflexive practice for ethnographers’,  Doing Reflexivity: Practical Approaches to Methodological Complexities (2016), Brighton, United Kingdom. 


MA - Anthropology of Development (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Honours - Social Anthropology (University of Cape Town)

BSocSc - Religious Studies, Social Anthropology, English Literature