The Junck Report

An anthropologist's reflections on the everyday


Finding the asset behind a stammer

This post serves as an outlet to share my thoughts on the strange experience of interviewing for a job in German via Zoom after having lived abroad for more than 10 years. Anyone who has felt estranged from their element before might find something relatable in this report.

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On unsolicited nostalgia and Tinder frustrations

In recent years, I have found myself sharing a lot of the photos that pop up at the very top of my phone archive titled ‘one year ago’, ‘two years ago’ and ‘five years ago’. How do ubiquitous cell-phone reminders of the past resonate with one's sense of self?

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Rethinking the ‘H’ in DH

This is an appetizer for a scholarship of the digital that embraces science as a collective source of knowledge instead of being defensively guarded. Drawing on my journey as an ethnographer studying dating apps and recent member of the Digital Humanities (DH) community, I invite fellow scholars to pause and rethink what and how we know within the interdisciplinary DH field.

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To every epoch its plague? On red pills and yellow stars

Mass demonstrations and revolts against Corona regulations are prompting a long line of questions. Not least of all, what is the role of scholars in a context in which the explanatory power of scientificity is rendered anecdotal?

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Phantoms of a pandemic: embodying and disembodying normalcy

Covid19, not as a mere health but as a social phenomenon, abruptly penetrated our sense of normalcy. The extent started revealing itself for on me on a brisk Friday morning in Cape Town when out for my first walk after the strictest part of the lock-down.

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This website does not only address anthropology lovers. I have spent many a year in the academic ivory tower, where I feel very much at home. But the journalist in me still seeks alternative channels through which to share my thoughts with everyone who is as curious as me about all the odd little things we do on an everyday basis and that we consider to be banal. I find that they offer fascinating insights into what connects us as humans and into how we produce disconnects. The idea behind this blog is to convey them by drawing inspiration from all kinds of thinkers but without theoretical heft. That said, I would like to invite digital visitors to browse through my blog content on a variety of topics around ordinary phenomena revealing so much about how we see and navigate the various spaces we find ourselves in. You can find out a little more about myself by taking a scroll through my publications and CV. Also check out my blog contributions for South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).


Junck, L.D., 2019. Cultivating Suspicion: An Ethnography. Langaa RPCIG.

Junck, L., 2018. Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water: An Ethnography on Strategies of Bodily Navigation of Male Refugees in Cape Town. Langaa RPCIG.

Junck, L., 2017. Fenced off: Distrust and the city as an exclusive space in a post-Apartheid context. Codesria Bulletin, 3/4, p.13.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
2018 Feb –July 2021
Thesis Topic: Relationships facilitated via the dating application Tinder.

Master of Social Science (Distinction), Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
2015 Feb - June 2016
Thesis Topic: Strategies of coping with the fear of crime in suburban Cape Town.

Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Distinction), Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
December 2014
Thesis Topic: Strategies of bodily navigation of male refugees in Cape Town.

Bachelor of Social Science, Social Anthropology; African Language Studies and Literatures.
December 2013
First year of study at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany.

Intern at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
January 2021 - present

Blogger for the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)
January 2021 - present

Research Assistant, University of Cape Town
September 2019 – present
Conducting interviews, analysing content (using Nvivo) and doing research on the formation of a professional identity of first-in-family engineering students.

Consultancy for the World Wide Web Foundation, Washington D.C., USA
July 2019
Contributing the impact story component of the affordability report of the non-profit organisation.

Junior Research Fellow at the Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD)
Feb 2016 – Jan 2019
Variety of research related to health and sexuality at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Tutor, Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town
Feb 2015 - July 2015

Freelance German Teacher and Translator
Nov 2012 - present

Freelance Journalist, Offenbach Post. Offenbach, Germany
Sept 2010 - July 2011

Journalism Internships
May - Sept 2010, Offenbach Post. Offenbach, Germany
Mar - May 2010, Frankfurter Neue Presse. Frankfurt, Germany
Jan - Mar 2010, Obslife. Cape Town, South Africa
Nov - Dec 2009, Collaborative writing project. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Digital + humanities e-symposium, October 2020. Hosted by the DH in the Indian Rim project
Presentation calling for a scholarship of the digital that embraces science as contemplation in Hegel’s sense.

Teaching and Learning Conference, September 2020. University of Cape Town, South Africa
Presentation on the experiences of remote learning for first-in-family students.

DH2020 Conference, July 2020. University of Ottawa, Canada
Presentation on the various dimensions of my fieldwork on Tinder dating in a lightening round presentation. Chair and presenter at the Africa Forum of the virtual conference.

Global Digital Humanities Symposium, March 2020. Michigan State University, USA
Presentation on aspects of gender, race and class in digitally facilitated relationships contributed to the social justice theme of the digitally facilitated conference.

Anthropology Southern Africa (ASnA) annual conference, September 2019. Nelson Mandela University, Port Elisabeth, South Africa
Presentation on the ethical challenges of using app technologies as research tools under the conference theme ‘Narratives of Society in Transition, Crisis and Change’.

DH2019 Conference, July 2019. University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Poster presentation with colleagues from the workshop on the use of social media in election campaigns in southern Africa. Conference at the University in Utrecht, Netherlands was themed ‘complexities’ and aimed to highlight the humanist ways of DH in building complex models of complex realities.
Workshop: DH – the perspective of Africa, July 2019. Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands
Participation in the satellite workshop at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, Netherlands, aimed at the articulation of the specific developments in the field of DH that are taking shape in Africa and their potential to enhance the global DH agenda. The event birthed the founding of the Network for Digital Humanities in Africa.