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July 4, 2019

Swakopmund residents from Sesfontein visiting our research exhibition on 15 June 2019 - at left of the image are Future Pasts researchers Mike Hannis, Sian Sullivan & Welhemina Suro Ganuses.

In the first half of June 2019, Welhemina Suro Ganuses, Mike Hannis and I were...

October 16, 2018

Sian Sullivan (L) and Welhemina Suro Ganuses (R) present 'Tasting the lost flute music of Sesfontein: histories, continuities, possibilities' at the conference on The Past, Present and Future of Namibian Heritage, University of Namibia 28-30 August 2018.

A core dimensio...

June 14, 2018

Hanging on a Wire: Photographs by Sophia Klaase” was shortlisted for, and subsequently won, the 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Award for Best Non-Fiction Edited Volume. The awards were held at the John Kani Theatre at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 1...

March 18, 2018

Louise ||Areses tells where the folk figure Haiseb came from. Photo: Sylvia Diez, Sorris Sorris, March 2016.

In 2016 I was collecting KhoeSan trickster folktales among people living around Dâures or Brandberg mountain, north-west Namibia. Although the process of trackin...

At the extreme southern tip of Africa in 1652, the world’s first trans-national corporation began establishing a new port. The powerful Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or VOC) initially just wanted a resupply point for ships rounding the Ca...

September 25, 2017

Press Release!

A film made by the Future Pasts research project led from Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s[1] prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards. The film ‘The Dam...

September 14, 2017

On Monday 11 September 2017, I attended SCOLMA’s (Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa) annual conference at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. This year’s theme was, ‘Document to Digital: how does digitisation aid African research?' Drawing o...

July 22, 2017

On Tues 18th July, the Future Pasts research project hosted a private view of our exhibition Future Pasts: Landscape, Memory and Music in West Namibia. Held at Gallery 44AD next to the Roman Baths and the Abbey in the centre of the City of Bath, the exhibition brings t...

The above composite image illustrates a key method we are drawing on in Future Pasts for exploring environmental change in west Namibia. This photograph depicts the Mirabeb rocky outcrop in Namib-Naukluft Park at three different times. The first view (the small black a...

March 19, 2017

It was when doing field research for my PhD in the mid-1990s that I first learned of local histories embedded in the broader landscape around the settlement of Sesfontein / !Nani|aus, north-west Namibia. This is an area known today for its spectacular landscapes and de...

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© 2015-2019 by Future Pasts. Background image: grassland, Erongo Region, west Namibia, April 2008.