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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...

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...

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...

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...

September 23, 2016


Imagine that years of drought have forced you to graze your cattle on sparse grass in the open desert, far from permanent settlements. The nearest small shop is 25 miles away, a journey normally made by donkey. Now imagine your one donkey is being

mauled to death by a...

November 19, 2015

Next week, on the 23-24th November, the World Forum on Natural Capital takes place for a second time in Edinburgh. Given some of its framing assertions - that business as usual is dead, and that so-called environmental externalities need to be reflected in a model of t...

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