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Dr Joy Owen

Name:             Dr Joy Owen

Phone:             27 46 603 7412

Email:              j.owen@ru.ac.za

Qualifications

BSocSc (majoring in Anthropology and Psychology, UCT)

BSocSc (Hons in Anthropology, UCT)

MSocSC (Anthropology, UCT)

PhD (Rhodes University)

Biography

Joy completed her undergraduate training in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.  She completed her Honours degree in MSocSc also with the University of Cape Town.  In 2003 Joy joined the department as a Mellon funded lecturer for a contract period of three years.  Initially she intended to complete a further eight months of research on the police in the Western Cape to fulfil the needed 12 months of fieldwork for the doctorate.  However, interested in the newly observed migrations of migrants from the African continent to South Africa, Joy completed 15 months of fieldwork over a period of five years. Her final thesis conferred in April 2012 detailed the lives of Congolese migrant men and women the coastal ‘village’ of Muizenberg, Cape Town.  She detailed their socialisation into new ways of economic being, while they maintained an economic habitus that garnered them support from other Congolese and a South African patron.  In essence, the fine portrayal of three male migrants’ lives in Muizenberg demonstrated their graduation from social childhood to social adulthood.

Research

  • Transnational Congolese migration
  • Diaspora studies
  • Experiential ethnography
  • Auto-anthropology
  • Police ‘culture’
  • Race, ethnicity, identity and citizenship
  • ‘African’ Masculinity/ies and femininity/ies
  • Migrant livelihoods
  • Migrant religion
  • Sexuality/ies

Students

Undergraduate and Honours teaching

Power and Wealth; Political and economic anthropology; Kinship and new reproductive technologies; Race and identity; Transnational migration; Fieldwork; The Anthropological study of Work; Advanced Ethnographic Fieldwork; DRC: Case Study; the Anthropology of Genocide.

Current Masters’ students under supervision

Gcobani Qambela is in the process of finalising his thesis on Xhosa masculinities in the context of HIV/AIDS in a peri-urban community in the Eastern Cape

Thabo Seshoka is in the process of finalising his thesis on Zimbabwean female migrants in Port Elizabeth

Kelly Solomon is in the process of finalising her thesis on Somali traders in the informal sector in Cape Town

Current PhD student under co-supervision

Sharon Gabie is in the process of doing her fieldwork on Khoi San identity

Maureen Nwajiobi is in the process of doing her fieldwork on Nigerian migrants in the United States 

Publications and Conference Presentations

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Owen, J. 2013. “Xenophilia in Cape Town, South Africa: New potentials for Race Relations?” being considered for publication in City and Society.

Owen, J. 2013 “Embodied Expressions of Culture: Congolese Masculinities on Show” being considered for publication in Journal of Culture and Mobility

Owen, J. 2012/3. “Reflection and Reflexivity: Embodying Humanity through Fieldwork” In process as part of an edited book on African Ethnographies (Editors: Prof Rose Boswell and Prof Francis Nyamnjoh)

Owen, J. 2008.  “Building a teaching praxis in Anthropology: critical pedagogy in action” in Anthropology Southern Africa Vol 30 (3/4): 111 – 118

Becker, H., Boonzaier, E. and Owen, J. 2005.  “Fieldwork in shared spaces: Positionality, power and ethics of citizen anthropologists in southern Africa” in Anthropology Southern Africa 28 (3/4): 123 -- 132

Hendricks, F. (Ed) 2004.  “Invoking the reflective gaze: 10 years of experiencing anthropology” in The Social Sciences in South Africa Since 1994: Disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Areas of Study. Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa

Monograph

Owen, J. 2015. Congolese Social Networks. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield. 

https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498516280/Congolese-Social-Networks-Living-on-the-Margins-in-Muizenberg-Cape-Town

Congolese Social Networks - Joy Owen

International Conferences

“Xenophilia in Cape Town, South Africa? New potentials for race relations”.  Paper for annual AAA Conference, San Francisco, November 2012

“Facebook: Expressing Congolese success transnationally” Paper for annual AAA Conference, New Orleans, November 2010

“Being Congolese: An expression of religious identity within the South African landscape”

North Eastern Workshop Southern Africa (NEWSA) Conference, Vermont, US, 13 – 15 April 2007

“Fragmenting embodied knowledge: Writing the Senses”, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, US, January 2006 (cancelled as a result of illness in the family)

“Teaching the Elite: Critical Pedagogy in Action” presentation at the joint conference comprising an inter-congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and the 2006 annual conference of the Pan-African Association of Anthropologists and Anthropology Southern Africa, December 2006

National Conferences

''Mutuality in the field: neophyte anthropologists in training?'' Paper to be considered for the annual ASA conference, September 2013

“Embodied Expressions of Culture: Congolese Masculinities on Show” presented at the annual ASA conference.  Conference theme: The Futures of Culture. September 2011

“The face of transformation: Real students, real issues” presented at the annual national HELTASA conference.  Conference theme: Risk and Resilience, November 2009

“Suspending disbelief, anxiety and doubt – Engaged, Intuitive and Embodied teaching in

Anthropology” presented at the annual national HELTASA conference.  Conference theme: Higher Education as a Social Space, December 2008

“Teaching the Elite: Critical Pedagogy in Action” presented at the joint conference comprising an inter-congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and the 2006 annual conference of the Pan-African Association of Anthropologists and Anthropology Southern Africa, December 2006

‘Constructing Identities through the Body: Sensuous Scholarship in Practise” presented at the annual ASA conference, Durban, September 2005

“The Illusiveness of Objectivity – finding the native in the native space of others” presented at the annual ASA conference, Cape Town, August 2003

“The transformation of SAPS: the Western Cape example” presented at the South African Chapter of OSSREA, Johannesburg, October 2002

“An encounter with the Familiar – the road to self-acceptance” presented at InterAction 1998, the Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference, Stellenbosch, 11-13 September 1998

Seminar Presentations / Presentations

Presentation to potential volunteers for Human Empowerment Revitalisation Drive (HERD) on humanity,        May 2013

Presentation to Rhodes University Community Engagement Volunteers entitled 'Us and them: Volunteering amongst the other?', February 2012

Presentation to general university audience on “South Africa as home for all’, as part of a panel discussion on Human Rights in South Africa, hosted by RU International Office, 2012

“A reflection on journaling” presented to the WASA Mentoring Programme participants (by invitation), 19 June 2008

“Who are you?” Africa Day Presentation 2008, Invited by the SRC

“Thinking outside of the lecturing box”, New Lecturer’s Orientation Programme

Presentation, 2007, Invited by the Academic Development Centre

“Being welcomed into the fold – experiencing the ‘Heart of Darkness’” presented as part of the WITS Forced Migration Studies Programme Seminar Series, 13 November 2007

“Making the most of your mentor/mentee relationship” Presentation to new intake of Accelerated Development Programme Lecturers, March 2004, Inivited by the Academic Development Centre

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