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Dr. Jenny Lawy

Dr. Jenny Lawy
Name
Dr. Jenny Lawy
Address
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
+44 (0)7432423105
Email
Research Interests
Anthropology of Botswana, Indigenous Peoples, higher education, identity politics, Power, minority politics, minority rights, Advocacy, recogntion, voice, democracy, Citizenship
URL
http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/people/phd_students/jenny_lawy

Areas of Specialisation

Social Anthropology; Identity; Indigeneity; Culture; Southern Africa.

Areas of Competence 

Social Anthropology; Indigeneity; VoiceLanguage Ideologies; Recognition; Minorities; Representation; Botswana and Southern Africa.

Publications

Journal article

J. Lawy (2017) ‘Theorising Voice: Performativity, Politics and Listening’. Anthropological Theory, June, Vol 17, Issue 2.

Book review

J. Lawy. (2017), At Home in the Okavango: White Batswana Narratives of Emplacement and Belonging by Catie Gressier New York: Berghahn Books, 2015. Pp. 244. American Anthropologist, 119: 161–162. doi:10.1111/aman.12833.

Editorial position

Forthcoming (2017)

Activism and Research in the Kalahari. Eds, F. Puckett, K. Ikeya (eds) with J. Lawy. Senri Ethnological Studies. Osaka: Japan: National Museum of Ethnology.

Chapter accepted for forthcoming publication (2017)

‘Initiation or School? Advocating for female initiation and formal education in Botswana’. In Activism and research in the Kalahari. Eds, F. Puckett, K. Ikeya (eds) with J. Lawy. Senri Ethnological Studies. Osaka, Japan: National Museum of Ethnology.

Journal article manuscript submitted

‘With Grace: With Grace: Everyday Discrimination for a Ncoakhoe (San) Woman in Gantsi, Botswana’

Submitted to: ‘Journal of Southern Africa Studies’ March 2017.

Journal articles in preparation

1

‘Moral Frameworks: A Ncoakhoe Female Initiation Ritual, D’Kar, Botswana’

For submission to: ‘Current Anthropology’ by July 2017.

2

‘If Not For Recognition, Voice for What?’

For submission to: ‘Journal for the Royal Anthropological Institute’ by September 2017.

3

‘Working with ‘Voice’: San Language Ideologies’

For submission to ‘Critical African Studies’ by November 2017.

Book manuscript

in preparation

‘”Voice of the Voiceless”: Minority Recognition and Voice in Botswana’ is being prepared for submission to Routledge by December 2017. Proposal accepted by Editor.

 Awards, Grants and Employment

Jan 2017

Three and half month post-doctoral visiting researcher position at Kyoto University, Jan 20th –April 30th 2017, Centre of African and Asian Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University, Japan.

Jan 2016

Nominee for Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) Best Tutor award. A university-wide student nomination for teaching staff. Students nominate tutors/lecturers who have been exceptional.

Sept 2013

Special Projects Grant, University of Edinburgh. Funding for projects to innovate teaching/learning in the university. I co-convened a series of writing workshops for the School of Social and Political Science.

Sept 2010

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentship, University of Edinburgh

Apr 2010

Zochonis / H.E. David Travel Award, University of Manchester. Award for a travel grant. Used for a pre-field trip to Botswana in 2010 to conduct preliminary inquiries.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Feb 2017

Paper: ‘Theorising Voice: Performativity, Politics and Listening’. Kyoto University African Study Seminar, Africa and Asian Area Studies, Kyoto, Japan. 3rd February.

Sept 2016

Paper: ‘Ncoakhoe reaching the limit: Social life and recognition in Botswana’. African Studies Association United Kingdom (ASAUK), Cambridge. 9th September

Sept 2016

Paper: ‘Working with San language ideologies’. African Studies Association United Kingdom (ASAUK), Cambridge. 7th September

Jan 2016

Paper: ‘Minority Recognition and Voice in Botswana’. University of Botswana, Research Centre for San Studies seminar series. 27th January

Jan 2016

Facilitated a community workshop in D’Kar village, Botswana my fieldsite. 22nd January

Sept 2015

Paper: 'Female initiation (dùù) or school? Negotiating the value of culture in the Kalahari'. Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS), Vienna. 8th September

June 2014

Panel convener: 'Indigenous space and local politics'. Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA), Edinburgh. 21st June

June 2014

Paper: 'The politics of egalitarian culture and individualistic NGOs: Ncoakhoe in Botswana' Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA),Edinburgh 21st June

Teaching

Mar 2015

Guest Lecture, ‘Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers’ University of Edinburgh (4th year and MA postgraduate)

Sept 2016- Jan 2017

Tutor, ‘International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism’, University of Edinburgh (2nd year)

Sept 2016- Jan 2017

Tutor, ‘Imagining Anthropological Research’, University of Edinburgh (3rd year)

Sept 2016- Jan 2017

Tutor, ‘Social Anthropology 2’ University of Edinburgh (2nd year)

Jan 2016- Jun 2016

Tutor, ‘Fundamentals: Anthropological Practice’, University of Edinburgh (2nd year)

Jan 2016- Jun 2016

Tutor, ‘International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism’, University of Edinburgh (2nd year)

Sept 2015- Dec 2015

Tutor, ‘Imagining Anthropological Research’, University of Edinburgh (3rd year)

Sept 2015- Dec 2015

Tutor, ‘Empires’ University of Edinburgh (2nd year)

Sept 2015- Dec 2015

Tutor, ‘Social Anthropology 2’ University of Edinburgh (2nd year)

Jan 2015 –May 2015

Tutor, ‘Social Anthropology 1B’, University of Edinburgh (1st year)

Sept 2014 -Dec 2014

Tutor, ‘Social Anthropology 1A’, University of Edinburgh (1st year)

Jan 2014- May 2014

Tutor, ‘Social Anthropology 1B’, University of Edinburgh (1st year)

Sept 2013- Dec 2013

Tutor, ‘Social Anthropology 1A’, University of Edinburgh (1st year)

Education

Sept 2010 – Jun 2016

ESRC Funded Ph.D in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh. Supervisors: Professor Alan Barnard and Doctor Rebecca Marsland. Thesis Title: ‘An Ethnography of San: Minority Recognition and Voice in Botswana’. Eighteen months ethnographic fieldwork over twenty-one months.

Voice constitutes of both speech and action and for a minority ethnic group seeking societal recognition, voice is the vehicle through which to make claims and become incorporated within the broader society. San elites who are educated, employed Christians are struggling to have their voices heard outside of particular publics. Everyday discrimination frames many of the interactions outside of San villages, and for women there is an added gendered dimension to this. Voice is multidimensional.

Sept 2009- Sept 2010

MA Anthropological Research, University of Manchester, (Merit), assessed on the development of a PhD research proposal

Sept 2006- Aug 2009

BSoSoc Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, (2:1)