Notes on gatekeepers and the production of knowledge in and about the postcolonial humanities

  • Shannon Morreira University of Cape Town
Keywords: studying up, politics of knowledge, Southern Africa, higher education


This brief notes piece describes preliminary thoughts on conducting anthropological fieldwork with anthropologists and other academics as one’s respondents or informants. The piece outlines the processes of gatekeeping that are involved in conducting an ethnography of the university: both those processes that are bureaucratic or ethical, and those that are driven by the norms of the discipline and the sorts of things that are considered valid of study.