MIGRANTS, THINKERS, STORYTELLERS, negotiating meaning and making life in Bloemfontein, South Africa

: [Kurzwelly (J.) & Escobedo (L.) eds.]

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246pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2021


Foreword by Francis Nyamnjoh. A study of international migrants in Bloemfontein

"The book works across the grain of South African and global studies of migration in surfacing the interactions between conviviality and exclusion; the long legacies of colonial categories and contemporary citizenship; and social science and the humanities. This is a significant contribution to the study of race, migration, and belonging in South Africa with substantive and methodological insights that should resonate far beyond the country’s borders." Loren Landau, Professor at the University of Oxford and the University of Witwatersrand

"In the journey of understanding our own identities, we as ‘others’ seek comfort in shared connections. Our community and individual paths overlap at countless intersections that are shared in this captivating read. Luis and Jonatan dive into the history of Bloemfontein’s community, unpacking migrants’ lived experiences as their stories should have been told." Ming-Cheau Lin, author of Yellow and Confused (2019)

Jonatan Kurzwelly is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, University of Göttingen. While working on this book, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in anthropology at the University of the Free State, where he is currently affiliated as a research fellow. 

Citizen of Peru and resident of Romania, Luis Escobedo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice, University of the Free State.