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Andile Mayekiso completed his PhD Anthropology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2017. His thesis is on fatherhood and children, particularly the nature of these relationships in post-apartheid South Africa. Thesis title: Forms of life in Gugulethu among young men, particularly with regard to their understandings of fatherhood and of their relationships with their children.The project seeks to explore the forms of life of young men in poverty and, most particularly, how they incorporate or exclude relationships with children and the mothers of their children. I engage with different conceptions of fatherhood, fathering, debates on absent versus present fathers in households, as well as theorisation of masculinity with a special focus on South Africa.

Ziyanda Majombozi is a PhD candidate at WITS University. Her research interests are in pregnancy, childbirth and childcare. Her current research project will look at ‘normal’ pregnancies and how women experience the ordinary mundane life of pregnancy. The research will examine how one can enjoy a pregnancy when it is always perceived to be saturated with risk and also looks at how women manage the perceived risks in the first 1000 days.

Lubabalo Mdedetyana builds on his Masters research on the meanings of initiation in the making of men. Given the significance of initiation for ideas about family and futures, the importance of circumcision in relation to HIV prevention, and the increase in initiation in some parts of South Africa, he is particularly interested in what happens when initiation fails. What kinds of men and masculinities arise?

Tessa Moll is a PhD student in Anthropology. Her research will examine new reproductive technologies in South Africa through their material, affective and temporal practices. Her previous research studied embodied experiences of migration; focusing on issues of gender, fear of crime and the social coding of bodies. She has a Master’s in Gender Studies from UCT’s African Gender Institute.

Mutswashe Mutendi is conducting research on the intersections of social and health vulnerability and precarity in the lives of women artisanal miners. Her work explores the body’s permeability to toxic substances and conditions of life, and considers how these are woven into their reproductive well-being and the lives of those to come.

Jennifer Rogerson completed her PhD in Anthropology at UCT in 2017. Her research has focused broadly on the practices of midwifery in relation to care. She is interested in exploring, alongside the political economy of service distribution, the political economy of affect in South African maternal health care. Specifically, her work looks at how a model of birth is elaborated and enacted and how care is called forth.