Emily de Wet
Emily de Wet holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Wheaton College (MA), where she wrote her senior thesis on the contestation of power and representation in township tourism in Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa.
Emily continues to work in Cape Town, approaching townships as not solely defined by material poverty and marginality, but instead, as socially productive spaces. For her dissertation research, she is studying township ‘vibes’: the emotive and intangible aspects of daily life that her interlocutors use to express feelings of ‘belonging’ and ‘becoming’ in township spaces. Her work is theoretically situated within anthropological approaches to power and the construction of ‘centers and margins’, cultural poetics, place making, phenomenology and racial experience as embodied difference. Emily is a Kellogg Institute PhD Student Fellow and has advanced to candidacy.