Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Tana Forrest

I am an ESRC doctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology, working on a collaborative award between the University of Warwick and the Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership (CEMAP). Drawing on feminist and postcolonial epistemology, my research seeks to understand how mixed race identity is articulated and produced over time, with specific attention being paid to the city of Coventry as a context that is informed by discourses of cultural and ethnic diversity.

I hold a Masters in Social Anthropology, a First Class Honours degree in Social Anthropology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology (with Distinction), English Language and Literature (with Distinction), and the History of Art and Visual Culture – all from the University of Cape Town. My Masters research looked at the way in which mixed race people and their families navigate discourses of race, racialized difference and kinship in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Previously I have worked on educational projects in the non-profit sector in South Africa, as well as with a publishing press for Southern African women in Cape Town, and within the public finance sector in London. Along with gender and medical anthropology, I am interested in the visual arts, poetry and music.

My doctoral research is supervised by Dr Khursheed Wadia and Dr Hannah Jones.


Seminar Tutor - University of Warwick

2019 - 2020: SO242 Designing and Conducting Social Research

2019 - 2020: SO116 Sociology of Gender

2018 - 2019: SO122 Race and the Making of the Modern World

2018 - 2019: SO116 Sociology of Gender

2018 - 2019: TH332 Performing Gender and Sexuality

2018 - 2019: SO338 Ethnography and the Anthropological Tradition

2017 - 2018: SO126 Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World

Seminar Tutor - University of Cape Town

2013: AXL2401F Medical Anthropology

2012: AXL2401F Medical Anthropology

Guest Lectures

Duke University, 2019. Race and Racism in the Global Arena

University of Warwick, 2018. Reflexivity and the Emotional Challenges of Ethnographic Research

University of Warwick, 2018. Visual Anthropology

University of Warwick, 2018. Performing Gender and Sexuality (Theatre and Performance Studies)

Conferences and Workshops

2017: 2nd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe, 7th October 2017 - Amsterdam. Paper: Black Feminism and the Politics of Representation.

2014: Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism. Archives of the Non-Racial: A Mobile Workshop. 29 June 2014 - 11 July 2014. Photoessay: 2015. Affective Journeying. The Johannesburg Salon. Volume 8.


From Violence to a Place of Power (Researcher)
From Violence to a Place of Power: A Funder Convening on Movement Building to End Sexual Violence was convened on 10 July 2018 by NoVo Foundation, Oak Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and Ariadne, and facilitated by Jude Kelly, to explore how philanthropy can radically increase its support for the movement to end violence against all girls and women.



t dot forrest at warwick dot ac dot uk