Kelly Gillespie

Kelly Gillespie is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. She was a founder and convener of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, a project on theory from the South, based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg. Her work focuses on areas such as criminal justice, political and legal anthropology, South African history, race, and sexuality. Among her most recent publications is “Anthropology before the Commission: Ethnography as Public Testimony” in If Truth Be Told (2017). Her book Idle Acts: Criminality and the Dialectics of Punishment in Post-Apartheid, on criminal justice as the unreconciled remains of apartheid, is forthcoming.

As of March 2018