When the vegetal and human meet
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Dr William Ellis is a member of the Anthropology department at the University of the Western Cape where he teaches courses on Being human, Environmental Anthropology and the Anthropology of things. He has a keen interest in the study of KhoiSan society and also in the ethnography of plants. His work on KhoiSan studies has mainly dealt with land reform, natural resource management, traditional leadership and most recently included a project working with indigenous herders in the Northern Cape. His work with plants is focused on plant practices and intimacies, plant knowledge and the ethnography of plants. The work on plants is framed with theoretical work on the "more than human ethnography" and life in the Anthropocene.