Kelly Gillespie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She received her PhD in Anthropology, titled Criminal Abstractions and the Post-apartheid Prison, from the University of Chicago in 2007, her research focusing on the project of incarceration in post-apartheid South Africa. Dr Gillespie's research interests include criminal justice, legal anthropology, South African history, race, and sexuality. Her current research is on intimate violence and its refashioning of the relationship between public and private spheres, as well as on the life of judgment in criminal courts. She is busy working on a book manuscript provisionally titled 'Cramped Time: The Dialectics of Punishment in Post-Apartheid South Africa'. Dr Gillespie is a convener of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism, based at WISER.
Gillespie, K. 2012. ‘Teaching Dissent: Reflections from a Johannesburg Classroom’ in Critical Arts. New York: Routledge. Vol 26 (1).
Gillespie, K. 2011. ‘Containing the “wandering native”: Racial Jurisdiction and the Liberal Politics of Prison Reform in 1940s South Africa’ in Journal of Southern African Studies. Vol 37 (3). New York: Routledge.
Gillespie, K. 2010. ‘Reclaiming nonracialism: reading The Threat of Race from South Africa’ in Patterns of Prejudice. New York: Routledge. Vol 44 (1).
Gillespie, K. 2010. ‘The Social Life of Space: Post-Apartheid Prison Architecture and the Problem with Architectural Reform’ in Prison Service Journal , HM Prison Service: HMP Leyhill. Special Academic Issue on Prison Space, No 187.
Gillespie, K. 2008. ‘Moralizing Security: “Corrections” and the Post-Apartheid Prison’ in Race/Ethnicity. Bloomington; University of Indiana Press. Vol 2 (1).
Gillespie, K. 2008. ‘Against Retribution’ in Crime and Punishment, The Wiser Review (3), June 2008. Mail and Guardian supplement.
Gillespie, K. (with Bernard Dubbeld). 2007. ‘The possibility of a critical anthropology after apartheid: relevance, intervention, politics’. Anthropology Southern Africa. Vol 30(3&4). Pretoria; Unisa Press.
Gillespie, K. 2007. ‘Between Union and State: The politics of allegiance in post-apartheid prisons’. South African Labour Bulletin, Vol 31(1) March/April.
Dr Gillespie teaches the following courses in the department
The Development of Anthropological Thought
Anthropology of the State
The Craft of Anthropology (postgraduate methods)