Aubrey Graham

Fellow: Postdoctoral

Aubrey Graham is a National Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the South African Research Chair Initiative “Visual History and Theory” based at the Centre for Humanities Research. Aubrey holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Cultural Anthropology as well as a MA in Anthropology from Emory and a MA in the Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her research in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) engages humanitarian aid, conflict, identity, and photography from both local Congolese and international humanitarian perspectives. Aubrey’s interest in the politics of photography and her application of photography as a research method draw on her work as a photojournalist as well as a humanitarian and documentary photographer ( She has photographed two international photographic exhibitions; the most recent, “Portraits in Disneyland – Stories from Mugunga III” explores visual narratives of displacement in the DRC. Broadly, her interests include humanitarian aid and development, photography, Central and East Africa, displacement, visual anthropology, and qualitative methods.

The CHR in the time of a global pandemic

In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice.  We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.


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