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Allison Furniss

  • Scholar 2020
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University of Cape Town

Allison Furniss is a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Allison’s research builds on her master’s degree in Justice and Transformation, which focuses on expressions of everyday resistance amongst female artisanal coltan miners in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. In applying ethnographic research methods and feminist epistemologies to better understand the production chain of modern digital technologies, Allison’s research is interested in the micro-politics of mining through a gendered lens. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Allison has been an active volunteer in political and labour advocacy in her home community and is passionate about social justice initiatives. Previously, she worked for 4 years in Tanzania and Namibia conducting sport for social change initiatives. She has also worked for 4 years in the non-profit sector in her home Territory of Yukon, engaged in various empowerment and support programs for youth and college students from rural northern communities.