Dr Jonathan Cane

Room 8-2

Humanities Building University of Pretoria

Private Bag X20

Hatfield 0028

South Africa

email: [email protected]

cell: +27 (0)71 157 5844


PhD in Art History, University of the Witwatersrand, 2017

Academic Profile

Jonathan Cane is a Postdoctoral Fellow  in the Research Chair, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria. With Noëleen Murray, Research Chair at the University of Pretoria, he is working on a project called ‘EAST: N4/EN4’ which studies minor architectures and infrastructure that connect South African and Mozambique along the N4/EN4 highway corridor. He is the Principle Investigator on the SSRC-funded project ‘Sounding the Monsoon’ which examines the possibility of sound art to help us think about the Anthropocene and climate change. He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and is the author of the monograph “Civilising Grass: The Art of the Lawn on the South African Highveld” (2019), a queer and postcolonial study of gardening. He is a specialist in landscape art in the Global South, having done extensive fieldwork in Latin America and Southern Africa, and he is preparing a book manuscript on the politics of the land in contemporary art. 

Current Research Project(s)

I am current working on the Research Chair project ‘N4/EN4’ and SSRC-funded project ‘Sounding the Monsoon’.

Course involvement

GSO751 Development Theories

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