Jonatan Kurzwelly is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from his research and teaching obligations, he fulfils a number of departmental roles, including recurriculation of our postgraduate programmes with a focus on both interactive and engaged pedagogies and decolonisation.
Outside of the university, Jonatan serves as an executive committee member of the Anthropology Southern Africa association and an active member of the Marginalisation and Global Apartheid commission of the IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences). Currently he is also a visiting researcher at AHCISP (Anthropology and History of the Construction of Social and Political Identities), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Jonatan received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews in 2017. As part of his doctoral studies he has conducted eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in Paraguay. He received his master’s degree from the University of Manchester, and bachelor’s degree from Adam Mickiewicz University. Jonatan was born as a child of two artists from both sides of the ‘iron curtain.’ Having both Polish and German citizenships and regularly crossing state boarders influenced his research interests in social identities.