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Duane Jethro

Duane Jethro is the Junior Research Fellow in the Centre for Curating the Archive. He is a graduate of the University of Utrecht. He works on contested public cultures and the cultural construction of heritage, broadly construed. 

He thinks with colleagues at the Centre for Curating the Archive about the conceptual and aesthetic potential of the University of Cape Town’s art collection for constituting publicness. He has begun exploring South African/German artistic, archival, curatorial circulations and museological possibilities through a virtual seminar, Spirals, that puts ideas of archive and the curatorial into flux. 

His research project concerns the ways in which plants and horticulture implicates, facilitates the construction of, and mediates contested notions of the past that appear as archive and heritage in Cape Town. 

Prior to arriving at the Centre for Curating the Archive, he held a post-doctoral position in the research project “Making Differences: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century”, at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage, CARMAH, at the Humboldt University, Berlin. CARMAH was founded by Professor Sharon Macdonald, and is funded by her 5-year Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. He has held a Georg Forster Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral research fellowship, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town. 
He has published in Material Religion, the International Journal of Heritage Studies and Tourist Studies. His book, Heritage Formation and the Senses in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Aesthetics of Power, was published by Bloomsbury Academic.