Anthropologist to give guest lecture

Social anthropologist Dr Megan Biesele, from the University of Texas, will visit on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 2pm.

The lecture is titled ‘Voices of the San: Beyond Ethnography to Documentary Fiction’ and will be held at the Wolverhampton City Campus in room MC315.

Dr Biesele has spent 41 years working in the areas of language development and human rights of the Ju/hoan San or ‘Bushman’ people of Botswana and Namibia, southern Africa.

Candi Miller, Senior Lecturer, Creative & Professional Writing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Megan Biesele to the University to present this lecture. She has done more for the Bushman people than any of the academics who have studied these people over the last 200 years.

“Her research interests include religion, belief systems, verbal and visual art, environmental resources use and the political, economic and cultural rights of indigenous people, so the lecture will be of wide interest.”

Dr Megan Biesele is a Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin, USA.

Dr Biesele also established the Kalahari Peoples Fund, which aims to act as a liaison between the rural peoples of the Kalahari region and the individuals, groups and agencies who are able to assist in their economic, educational, cultural and sustainability needs.

The lecture is open to the public.

For more information, contact Candi Miller at or Jackie Pieterick at


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