POROI Seminar: Producing Citizens: Motherhood, Race, and Political Belonging in South Africa

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Library (1st floor)
111 Church St.
Iowa City, IA 52242
Brady G'Sell

This POROI seminar engages participants in reading and workshopping the introductory chapter to Brady G’Sell’s book manuscript Producing Citizens. The book draws on ethnography and archival research to chronicle the livelihood strategies of poor mothers across five decades of political economic shifts in South Africa. G’Sell aims to demonstrate that citizenship is not only a matter of legal status, but also a category created and negotiated at the micro-political scale of interpersonal relationships.

Come and learn how and why women’s efforts to secure child support offer a powerful lens for analyzing political belonging in the recent history of South Africa—and support a colleague in working on her monograph!


We will have a lunch by NoDo. Please email Naomi Greyser to RSVP, mentioning any food sensitivities.

Brady G'Sell is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology and Gender Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Her research in South Africa draws upon anthropology and history to examine kinship, citizenship, gender, race, and political belonging. Drawing on approaches from feminist anthropology, women’s history, and gendered theories of capital, her work considers how intimate relationships—such as those between couples or kin—reproduce or transform both economic inequalities and political belonging.