Posts published by: Heike Becker

Music, social movements, and patriotic cosmopolitans in Namibia, c 1990: a personal account

I arrived in Namibia in the early southern winter of 1990, just over two months after the country’s day of independence. Those were exhilarating times. Wherever I went, Namibians hummed with excitement – the young and the old, urbanites and rural dwellers, the poor and the well-off, those who had …

‘Global 1968’ and the African continent

Fifty years after student protests shook much of the Cold War world, in the ‘West’ and in the ‘East’, “Global 1968” has become the catchword to describe these profound generational revolts. West-Berlin, Paris, Berkeley spring to mind prominently, and Prague behind what was then the ‘Iron Curtain’. For most of …

Talking Technologies of Transformation with my Students

Me: Okay, so we learn from anthropologists like Appadurai, and others, that critically speaking, globalisation isn’t a one-way street. On the other hand, people often are acutely aware that cultural imperialism is still a reality, right? What about Facebook, Twitter and Co? Aren’t the social media also a …

Letters of Stone: An exhibition - the fate of a Jewish family in Berlin

Exhibition Poster Letters of Stone. Photo: Heike Becker.
Photo: Heike Becker.

Steven Robins’ long-term project of tracing his family’s past from South Africa to Berlin and back has recently taken a productive new turn with the opening of an extraordinary exhibition at the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain Museum in Berlin.

The exhibition, conceived by Stellenbosch University Anthropologist Robins and the …