Dr Rita Kesselring is Senior Lecturer at the University of Basel's Institute for Social Anthropology. She leads the interdisciplinary project ‘Valueworks: Effects of Financialisation along the Copper Value Chain’ and works on a manuscript on new mining towns in Zambia’s Northwestern Province. She will be a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University during the 2018/2019 academic year.
Between 2009 and 2012, she was a research fellow in the bilateral project ‘Safeguarding Democracy: Contests of Memory and Heritage’ between the Chair of African History, University of Basel, and the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She was a visiting researcher at the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, USA in 2011, at the Department of Anthropology, University of Cape Town in 2012 and at the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of the Copperbelt, Zambia in 2015.
Dr Kesselring is the author of the book ‘Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ (Stanford University Press 2016) and the co-editor of the journal Anthropology Southern Africa. She studied social anthropology at the University of Zürich and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and obtained her PhD at the University of Basel in 2013.