Prof. Dr. Rita Kesselring

Rita Kesselring is a social anthropologist who assumed the role of Associate Professor of Urban Studies at the SHSS in August 2022. She works at the intersection of political, economic, legal and urban anthropology. Her main interest are global asymmetrical interdependencies, their consequences for the Global South, and the conditions for the possibility of change. Her doctoral work examined the legal route as a possibility for repairing the past at the example of apartheid victims and their class action suits against Western corporations. It is published «Bodies of Truth: law, memory and emancipation in post-apartheid South Africa” (Stanford University Press, 2017). Her second book project (under contract with ZED books / Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2024) describes life in a new mining town in Zambia and its connections to the Swiss commodity trading hub. These two worlds are as strongly separated conceptually as they are connected functionally. The book project attempts a symmetrical ethnography which understands Zambia and Switzerland as part of one single world, thereby taking seriously local, urban dynamics as much as the consequences of global labor divisions. Before coming to St.Gallen, Kesselring was a fellow at the University of Cape Town, University of Connecticut, Princeton University and the University of the Copperbelt, and assistant at the chair of social anthropology, University of Basel.

Rita Kesselring

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Associate Professor of Urban Studies

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Büro 52-6208
Müller-Friedberg-Str. 6/8
9000 St Gallen
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