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#BlackInAstro Experiences: Dr. Tana Joseph

7 May 2021, 13:00 UTC
#BlackInAstro Experiences: Dr. Tana Joseph
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This interview is part of our ongoing #BlackInAstro series. For our cornerstone post, see here.

“You don’t expect a Black South African woman born during apartheid to have a very straightforward path into academia. [This] is what makes my journey unexpected,” says Dr. Tana Joseph. The astronomical community in South Africa is small, with astronomers from all of Africa comprising roughly 2% of the International Astronomical Union’s membership; as of now there are no clear statistics on the number of Black African astronomers. South Africa in particular has a long history of racial tension and violence, beginning with its colonization by the Dutch and British between the 1600s and 1700s and continuing with the governing system of apartheid, which was a system of political domination and economic segregation by the minority white population over Black Africans and other non-white populations enacted from the 1940s to the 1990s. Today, many of the effects of this history remain, including within academic spaces, bringing those who work within these spaces on a variety of paths. Since starting her career as a physics undergraduate student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Joseph has led a multifaceted career at the intersection of ...

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