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Venolia Rabodiba

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Venolia Rabodiba

Second Year Cohort
Research Interests: 
black geographies; space and place; memory and memorialisation; urbanisation; ‘development’; nation building; imagined communities; South Africa


My research broadly explores the discursive, socio-spatial, and material (re)construction of South Africa after Apartheid. I am interested in exploring black geographies’ relationships to the memorialisation of liberation and its intersections with the new national imaginations of South Africa since democracy. My work seeks to understand the geographic mechanics of liberation of peoples who are still oppressed and explore the potentialities of the imagination of better black geographic futures.

I am a first generation university graduate. Before coming to Stanford, I completed my Bachelor of Arts Honours (summa cum laude) in Geography at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa. I was selected to A.W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and my prior work received support from South Africa’s National Research Foundation. I have also served as a research intern at an NGO which advances affordable housing across the African continent.