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Jasmine Reid

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Jasmine Reid

Department of Anthropology
Graduation Year: 
2022

Jasmine's research draws on heritage, museology, and post-colonial studies to explore the roles that two Johannesburg community museums play in the political landscape of land rights. Specifically, she follows the commemorative and activistic profiles of these museums, as they both commemorate communities forcibly displaced under apartheid and garner influence with government officials, private developers, citizen action groups, and other heritage practitioners to shape Johannesburg into a spatially just metropolis. Her work consequently intervenes in the broader discussion about settler colonial land restitution as it engages with the materiality of the contested city and the lived experiences of those who currently reside there, all through the lens of the community museum. Prior to coming to Stanford, Jasmine completed her BA in Anthropology and African Studies at Yale University. After college, she worked for nine months in a South African museum, where she helped to curate photographic exhibitions and produced a film about Johannesburg nuns who resisted apartheid-era forced removals in the 1950s and 1960s. Afterwards, Jasmine spent two years working in Washington, DC as an outreach coordinator for a local non-profit. She brings all of these experiences with her into her PhD program in Anthropology.

Research Interest(s): 
Land Rights, Post-Colonial Heritage, Museums
Countries of Study: 
South Africa