Kathrin Gradt

Kathrin Gradt investigates collective water management in the area of Otwani, northern Kunene Region and focuses on issues of gender and intergenerational relations.

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Kathrin was born in Eisenstadt, eastern Austria, in 1981. She studied social and cultural anthropology, Scandinavian studies and comparative literature at the University of Vienna where she graduated in 2009. Her MA thesis dealt with the experiences of friendship, love and intimacy of adolescents with multiple disabilities based on five months of field research in a special school in Vienna. From 2007 till 2010 Kathrin worked as teaching assistant for qualitative and quantitative research methods at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Before joining LINGS she shot an ethnographic film on indigenous people and their struggle for land in post-apartheid South Africa. Within the scope of this project she conducted six months of ethnographic fieldwork in the provinces Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Free State.


Kathrin’s main interests are political and economic anthropology, gender and intergenerational relations, power relations, and southern Africa.

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