Dr Justine Wintjes


Justine Wintjes is an archaeologist, art historian and occasional artist. Her main field of interest concerns the intersections between art and archaeology, and art and science more generally. She holds a masters degree in fine art from La Cambre in Brussels, for which she created installations of ceramic, botanical and photographic sculpture dealing with plant domestication and museum collections. She was subsequently awarded a masters degree in archaeological science (archaeobotany) by Leiden University for an analysis of plant remains from an Iron Age site in the Netherlands. Her doctorate at Wits examined the role of copies in the production of rock art knowledge in southern Africa. She considered copies ranging from hand-drawn and painted examples produced from the eighteenth century onwards through to digital images of the twenty-first century. Among her current interests is the exploration of digital imaging for the visualization of archaeological sites in a way that incorporates historical records and copies. To this end she is collaborating with the WSOA Division of Digital Arts to create a 3D model of a collapsed rock shelter in the Drakensberg. She has recently been awarded a Thuthuka grant from the NRF for a three-year project that seeks to recontextualise the documentary and visual materials collected by the German ethnographic expedition to southern Africa lead by Leo Frobenius (1928-30). Dr Wintjes has read papers at numerous international conferences and published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Room 216, Second Floor, Wits School of Arts
Telephone: +27 11 717 4610 
Email: justine.wintjes@wits.ac.za



Citizen Science Research with Wits History of Art

Citizen Science is defined as “the systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis.”

Postgrad Excursion to Maputo 2015

Postgraduate students in the History of Art department travelled to Maputo, Mozambique on a research excursion in September. While there they met with and interviewed Gonçalo Mabunda at an exhibition of his work at Fundação Fernando Leite Couto.   Students pose at an exhibition of Gonçalo Mabunda’s work at Fundação Fernando Leite...

Magaliesburg Writing Retreat (2015)

In early June 2015, postgraduate students in the ‘Writing Art’s Histories’ course accompanied Justine Wintjes, Joni Brenner, Stacey Vorster and Laura de Becker on a writing retreat to an incredible yoga retreat nestled in the rolling hills of the Magaliesburg.

Wits History of Art and WAM win the VC Teaching Award

The 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Team Teaching Award was made to the “Lifelines: Object Biographies from the Standard Bank Art Collection” project in the Faculty of Humanities – a collaboration between the Wits Art Museum and the Wits School of Arts’ Department of History of Art. The project involved tracing the history of art objects in the Museum and using historical and contemporary objects to advance teaching and learning. “The team’s multi-modal pedagogical approaches to postgraduate teaching which included reading, experiential engagement with objects, and the critical thinking and creativity that is required for curatorial activities, was found to be innovative,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Prof. Andrew Crouch. Find out more about Lifelines: Object Biographies from the Standard Bank Art...

Lifelines: Object Biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection

Do objects have lives? If objects could speak, what stories would they tell? Only a very few find their way into museums; some we know much about, others – nothing.” These are some of the questions and issues addressed in Lifelines, which explores the biographies of selected objects in the Standard Bank African Art Collection housed at Wits Art Museum (WAM).