Melanie Brand, M.A.

Personal Data

Melanie Brand is a PhD candidate at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology.

In her PhD project The Truth of Violence. Domestic Violence against Women and Identity Politics in the Context of Counselling Practices in Urban South Africa she investigates institutionalized counselling and support services targeting mostly female victims but also male perpetrators of domestic violence. Research Blog

Since June 2017, she works as a researcher in the ERC-funded transfer project 'DNR - Death Notification with Responsibility'. Project Website

Main research interests

Ethnography of Counselling, Life Skills Trainings, responsibilization and therapeutic interventions, Institutionalized domestic violence support services in urban South Africa, Truth (Claims), Subjectivization and Identity Politics in counselling, Mistrust in therapeutic settings