Julian Jonker


** LONG LEAVE: August 2010 - August 2015 **

LLB (magna cum laude)UCT, LLM UCT

Julian Jonker received his LLB cum laude from the University of Cape Town in 2001. He went on to work in the cultural sector, as a researcher for the District Six Museum, and as a project manager and producer on various project in music, heritage and public culture.

In 2005 he returned to the academy, finishing a dissertation on The Ethical and Juridical Significances of the Exhumations at Prestwich Place, Cape Town, 2003-2005, which discussed legal and ethical aspects of a controversy about slave burials discovered in Cape Town, as well as broader aspects of heritage and cultural memory in the city.

In 2006 he was a Fellow at the Centre for Studies of Public Scholarship, Emory University, Atlanta GA.

In 2007 he joined UCT in order to establish an Academic Development Programme, which ensures effective learning amongst law school entrants. He teaches legal writing and South African legal history. His current research interests include the role of language in legal reasoning and rhetoric; the place of probability in legal thought; race and classification.

He has also written about cultural studies for academic and popular publication.

Recent Publications

Chapters in Books

2003"Own/other: Negotiating cultural ownership and social identity in the postcolonial state" in S Jacobs and H Wasserman Shifting selves. Post-apartheid essays on mass media, culture and identity. Cape Town: Kwela.

Forthcoming "Black secret technology" in A Kroker and M Kroker Critical digital studies: a reader. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Refereed Articles

2005"Excavating the legal subject. The unnamed dead of Prestwich Place" Griffith Law Review 14(2)