Dr. Rosabelle Boswell (Rhodes University, South Africa)
Rosabelle Boswell is a social anthropologist. She has a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam and an MA from the University of Cape Town. Her research reveals a deep interest in diversity management, cultural heritage, and the role of gender in development. She has done fieldwork in Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Madagascar, and South Africa, and has received funding support from: the Netherlands Foundation for Advanced Tropical Research (NWO/WOTRO); the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Organisation for Social Science Research in East and Southern Africa (OSSREA). Her current work includes research on race and reconciliation for the Mauritius Truth and Justice Commission and MPI research on gender, heritage, and diversity in South Africa.
Rosabelle also teaches at and heads the Anthropology Department at Rhodes University in South Africa. Inspired by her research in South Africa and the Southwest Indian Ocean region, her courses include: race and ethnicity, methodology, postcolonial identities, and heritage management. Thus far, her research has produced two books and several peer reviewed articles. The books are entitled: Le Malaise Creole: Ethnic Identity in Mauritius (Berghahn Books: Oxford) and Challenges to Identifying and Managing Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mauritius, Zanzibar and Seychelles (Codesria: Dakar).
She was working in conjunction with Steve Vertovec on South African Diversities.