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Venolia Rabodiba

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Venolia Rabodiba

In the Field
Research Interests: 
development and infrastructure, migration and economic corridors, borders, affect, regional integration; Southern Africa.

About

My PhD research is concerned with corridor connectivity infrastructures such as transnational road and rail networks, newly upgraded border posts and border technologies in the Southern African region. I am interested in the simultaneous tightening of borders and widening of trans-border economic corridors. Specifically, I investigate the strategies that allow for the contradictory political and economic infrastructuralizations of a more integrated Africa to be maintained, separated, blurred, and contested. By approaching regional integration as more than just a question of economic development, I hope to gain an understanding of the imaginative and affective implications of making Pan-Africanism infrastructural.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts Honours (with distinction) in Geography from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where I was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. I was recipient of the Stanley P. Jackson Medal awarded by the School of Geography Archaeology, and Environmental Studies to the top graduating student in the geography honours program. My previous research on memory and liberation was funded by the Mays program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an internal merit award, and a National Research Foundation innovation grant from South Africa’s Department of Science & Technology.