UFH researchers occupy key positions at ASnA
Submitted by Tim Wilson on Fri, 11/10/2019 - 12:23
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Two Researchers at the Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER) have been appointed to key positions in the Anthropology Southern Africa Association (ASnA).
Dr Teresa Connor has been appointed as one of four editors of the Anthropology Southern Africa Journal and Dr Octavia Sibanda was appointed Vice-President of the association.
ASnA is the professional association for social anthropologists living and working in Southern Africa and represents members in seven southern african countries. It is the organiser of the largest anthropological conference in Southern Africa and collaborates with other anthropological organisations across the continent and the world.
Dr Sibanda said as a member of the council she intends to expand the association by recruiting more members and make anthropology relevant to current times.
“Anthropology is a very old discipline, but now we have to move with time to speak to the needs of the current situation, she said. The Journal is an accredited peer-reviewed publication. It aims to promote anthropology in Southern Africa, to support ethnographic and theoretical research, and to provide voices to contemporary debates in social and cultural anthropology, and in relevant interdisciplinary scholarship. Dr Connor plans to use her newly acquired position to create space for relevant UFH authors and scholars, to put their research forward. “This appointment will put me in contact with a lot more scholars and that will enable me to push certain issues and also push the University and put the Eastern Cape in the fore,” she said.