Dr B Camminga

Dr B Camminga was awarded the 2023 Joint Award in the category of ‘Emerging Researcher’ for the book Transgender refugees and the imagined South Africa: Bodies over borders and borders over bodies. In Transgender Refugees and the Imagined South Africa: bodies over borders and borders over bodies, B Camminga examines both the conceptual journey of the term ‘transgender’ from the Global North to the Global South, and the physical and legal journeys of transgender asylum seekers in South Africa.  It explores the tensions between the possibilities offered by constitutional law and the harsh realities of the pervasive politics of binary ‘sex/gender’ within South African society. In so doing, this book enriches the emergent field of Transgender Studies through its detailed attention to complex life narratives from the African continent. Dr B Camminga is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand.