Kees van der Waal

Doctoral studies in Social Anthropology (Rand Afrikaans University 1986) and senior lecturer at RAU 1980-2002. Professor in Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University 2002-2014. Research in rural villages in the Lowveld of Limpopo and in the Winelands of the Western Cape on local responses to processes of transformation and development interventions; Afrikaans identity politics around language and music; ethnography as a method in anthropological fieldwork; the history of Afrikaans anthropology in South Africa.

Kees gave his exaugural lecture 'Long walk from volkekunde to anthropology: reflections on representing the human in South Africa' at Stellenbosch University on 23 April 2015. You can read the text below (pdf).

Key words: ethnography, identity politics, anthropology of development, volkenkunde.

Area of focus: South Africa (Limpopo Province Lowveld; Western Cape Winelands).


Honorary fellow
Stellenbosch University
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