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Julie Grant

Senior Research Associate and Specialist
Name: Julie Grant
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About Dr. Julie Grant

I have been working in South Africa since 2006, when I first undertook field research with the indigenous ‡Khomani Bushmen for the purposes of my PhD. In 2009 I started to work with the !Xun and Khwe Bushmen also based in South Africa, however, my main focus remained with the ‡Khomani. I continued this research as a post-doctoral fellow with the Centre for Communication, Society and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, branching out to include more participatory research methods. From 2014, I worked within the ‡Khomani community to implement a development project, during which time I worked with the ‡Khomani’s lawyers and the South African Human Rights Commission to facilitate communication between the ‡Khomani and government personnel charged with development implementation. In 2017, I returned to research still focusing on the indigenous San peoples of southern Africa and in 2022 also assumed the role of editorial coordinator for two academic journals: Critical Arts and the Journal of African Cinemas.

Research Interests include:

poverty alleviation; land reform; perceptions of poverty and development; the role of indigenous knowledge in development; the indigenous mind-set and the representation of indigenous peoples in media; research ethics; publishing

Recent Publications Include:

Koot, S., Grant, J., //Khumûb, M., Fernando, K., Mushavanga, T., Dommerholt, T., Gressier, C., Pienaar, D., /Ui Kunta, S., Fleming Puckett, R., Paksi, A., Moeti, S., ≠Oma Tsamkgao, L., Steenkamp, L., Hitchcock, H., Maruyama, J., Gordon R., & Mushavanga, D. (2023). Research Codes and Contracts do not Guarantee Equitable Research with Indigenous Communities. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 7: 1543-1546,

Koot, S., Grant, J., Fleming Puckett R., //Khumûb, M., Mushavanga, T., Mushavanga, D., ≠Oma Tsamkgao, L., /Ui Kunta, S., Dommerholt, T., Katsimpri, E., Gressier, C., van der Wulp, C., Paksi, A., & Castelijns E (2023 [for 2020])). The Limitations of Research Codes and Contracts: Ethnography, agency and the San of southern Africa. Hunter Gatherer Research 6 (1–2): 147–168.

Nielsen, M., Grant, J., & Tomaselli, K. (2023). The Cost–Benefit Trade-off in young Children’s Overimitation Behaviour. Infant and Child Development, 32 (2), e2394.

Grant, J and Tomaselli, K.G (eds). (2023) Rethinking Khoe and San Indigeneity, Language and Culture in Southern Africa. Oxon: Routledge.

Grant, J. (ed) (2022). Critical Arts: Post-Doctoral Special Issue 36 (3/4)

Grant, J. (2021). The Origins Centre: Enlivening the Bushmen, Critical Arts Special Issue entitled: Rethinking the Curatorial, 35 (4): 5-21.

Siegrühn, A., and Grant. J (2021). Locating Spaces for San Mother-Tongue Education in the South African Education Framework. Critical Arts 35 (3): 84-101.


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