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27 Sep 2019
09:00  - 18:00

Basler Afrika Bibliographien | Klosterberg 23, 4051 Basel

Namibian and Southern African Studies Research Group


6th Namibia Research Day

The Centre for African Studies and the Basler Afrika Bibliographien invite for the 6th Namibia Research Day.

The Namibia Research Day brings together graduate students and scholars of all levels and from all disciplines to share their research, experiences and expectations. It offers the possibility to discuss ongoing or recently completed research on Namibia in an interdisciplinary context. The Day also offers the possibility for common reflections on a variety of (practical) issues with which researchers in Namibia are faced with, such as archival and institutional opportunities and challenges or questions regarding academic cooperation.

The Namibia Research Day explicitly addresses all disciplines, themes and topics. Interested participants are requested to send a research abstract/project summary (not more than one page) and let us know if interested in giving a brief presentation. The final format and programme of the Day will be communicated at a later stage, depending on the number of participants and the disciplines represented.

The Namibia Research Day is jointly organised by the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (Namibia Research Centre & Southern Africa Library) and the Centre for African Studies (Namibia and Southern African Studies) at University of Basel, Switzerland. Participation is free of charge.



8:30-9:00    Coffee for Early Birds
9:00-11:00 Session 1: Complicating Namibian liberation histories?
Tebuho Winnie Kanyimba (Basel): Construction of Evidence in Namibian Documentary Films of the 1980s
Christian A. Williams (Bloemfontein /Freiburg i.B.): Faith and Exile: A Biography of Salatiel and Anita Ailonga and Namibia’s Liberation Struggle
Tycho van der Hoog (Leiden): Bloods, Bullets and Bronce: North Korea in Southern Africa 1960-2010
11:00-11:30 Refreshments
11:30-12:30 Session 2: Open forum on doing research in Namibia
Presentation and moderation by Elizabeth Shino (Windhoek)
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Session 3: Digging in Namibia’s soils
Ulla Mussgnug Dentlinger (Karlsruhe): First impressions: The archaeologist Gudrun Corvinus in Namibia
Felix Henselowsky (et al) (Heidelberg): The southern Namib Desert in context of (paleo)environments and archeology: Recent and future investigations
14:30-16:00 Session 4: (Post-)Colonial histories and personalities in Namibia
 Amber Thalmeyer (Lausanne) & Sylvanus Job (Berlin): Personality Description and Measurement in Khoekhoegowab
Mattia Fumanti (Edinburgh): Narratives of mental illness in Namibia: Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives
Jack Boulton (Leuven): ‘Ongame Molwashoka Otse’: Provisional Notes on Suicide from Swakopmund, Namibia
16:00-16:30 Refreshments
16:30-17:30 Session 5: Colonial entanglements and post-colonial repercussions 
William Lyon (Berlin): Italians in the Sands of the Namib 1904-1945. European Migrant Worker’s Trials and Tribultations in Colonial South West Africa
Reinhart Kössler (Berlin): Witbooi Heirlooms and the Postcolonial State in Namibia
17:30-18:00 Round up and final discussion
18:00Book Launch (tbc) with Pizza and Beer

Download:Programme (pdf)



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