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Dr Juan Klee

Name: Juan Klee
Location: A Ring 234 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Department of Historical Studies  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 3945


About Dr Juan Klee

I studied at the Rand Afrikaans University (now known as UJ) with my main interest being South African contemporary political and cultural history. My main research interest is institutional history as well as sport history. I joined the UJ in 2005.


PhD, University of the North West (NWU) (2017)

MA, Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) (now known as UJ) (1994)

BA Honours, RAU (1990)

BA (ed), RAU (1989)


My undergraduate and postgraduate teaching responsibilities reflect my research interests and include the following areas:

Global History

Heritage and history

Sport history – South African

Contemporary South and Southern African History

USA history


My current research interests are:

South African institutional history with the focus on university establishment histories

South African contemporary political history – 1948-1966

South African sport history

Professional bodies / academic citizenship

South African Historical Association

Recent publications

Klee, J. The Phelophepa train, “train of hope, train of healing”. New Contree 2021. DOI:

Klee J. ‘White Afrikaans identity development at the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) from 1965-1968 through the use of language and religion’ – New Contree, vol 83, December 2019. (ISSN – 0379-9867).

Klee J. & E.S. van Eeden. ‘Contemplating the approach of RAU’s founders towards radically transforming Afrikaans speaking identity in taking economic responsibility – Journal of Contemporary History, vol 28, nr. 2, December 2018. (ISSN – 2415-0509).

‘Thaba RAU, die bergspits RAU is bereik’: Dr. P.J. Meyer se aandeel in die stigting van RAU, 1955-1968, South African Journal of Cultural History, Vol.28, Nr.1, 2014.

“Multinational sport participation replaces apartheid sport in South –Africa – 1967-1978″, the role of B.J. Vorster and P.G.J. Koornhof”, New Contree, vol. 64, (July 2012).

“‘Die verwesenliking van ‘n Afrikanerdroom’: Die stigting van die Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, 1955-1968.” In New Contree, vol. 60, (November 2010).

(with G. Verhoef) “Adv. B.J. Vorster se beleid t.o.v. Afrika: Logiese ontplooiing van Verwoerd se interpretasie?”, Historia, Vol. 40, No. 2, (1995).