Post tagged: South Africa

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 …

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 …

A man called Hope: the legacy of Namibia's Andimba Toivo ya Toivo

Namibia has seen an unprecedented outpouring of grief following the death of liberation struggle hero Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo on 9 June 2017. Toivo was part of a generation that bore Southern Africa’s long struggles against apartheid and colonialism. The article gives a brief biography of this inspiring man …