Rita Kesselring

Rita Kesselring is senior lecturer at the Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland. She currently works on a book on new mining towns in Zambia’s Northwestern Province, making visible the interconnection between global extractivism, commodity trade and urban life at the site of resource extraction. She led the two-years project Valueworks: Effects of Financialisation along the Copper Value Chain and a team of research partners from Europe, Africa and China and civil society activists from Zambia and Switzerland. Her monograph Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory and Emancipation (Stanford University Press 2017) is an ethnography on apartheid victims in contemporary South Africa and globally entangled system of human rights abuses. She was a research fellow at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Connecticut, the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Anthropology Department of the University of Cape Town, the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of the Copperbelt and Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies (Fung Global Fellowship). Kesselring is the editor-in-chief of the journal Anthropology Southern Africa.