Dr. Kathleen Lorne McDougall is an NRF Innovation and A.W. Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. As a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, her current work is “Securing Life at the Beginning: Risk Assessment in South African Pregnancies”. Securing Life at the Beginning: Risk Assessment in South African Pregnancies investigates through ethnographic fieldwork and archival research moments of considering risk in pregnancy, childbirth and the perinatal period, within a framework of concern about the negative impact of medicalized childbirth and the alarmingly high South African maternal and infant mortality rate.
Dr. Nanna Schneidermann is working as a postdoctoral fellow at Development Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College and is a visiting fellow in Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Her current study examines the role of new media in pregnancies and birth among women and their families in three different sites around Cape Town.
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