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Future Pasts Working Papers

The Future Pasts Working Paper series aims to facilitate rapid distribution of research findings and work in progress by researchers associated with the Future Pasts programme. We also welcome relevant contributions by post-graduate students and other associates of Future Pasts. The series aims to open up discussion among the global community of scholars, policymakers and practitioners on pressing issues concerning conservation, sustainability, heritage, knowledge and value that are exemplified in west Namibian social and environmental contexts. All Future Pasts working papers are available to download in PDF format (see links below).



Published Titles (links go to full abstract and .pdf)


No. 1.  Future pasts? Sustainabilities in west Namibia - a conceptual framework for research.
           by Sian Sullivan, Mike Hannis, Angela Impey, Chris Low and Rick Rohde

   (December 2016, 2nd Edn, 1st Edn  March 2016)

No. 2.  Relationality, reciprocity and flourishing in an African landscape: perspectives on agency amongst
           ǁKhao-a Dama, !Narenin and ǁUbun elders in west Namibia

  by Sian Sullivan and Mike Hannis (March 2016)

No. 3.  What’s ontology got to do with it? Nature, knowledge and ‘the green economy’.
           by Sian Sullivan (April 2016)

No. 4.  Killing nature to save it? Ethics, economics and rhino hunting in Namibia.

           by Mike Hannis (September 2016)

No. 5.  Dissonant sustainabilities? Politicising and psychologising antagonisms in the conservation-
          development nexus

           by Sian Sullivan (March 2018)

No 6.  Navigating soundscape research: a review of literature at the intersection of sound and environmental   


           by Reylon Yount

           with a Foreword by Angela Impey (November 2018)

No. 7.  Maps and memory, rights and relationships: articulations of global modernity and local dwelling in

           delineating land for a communal-area conservancy in north-west Namibia.

           Sian Sullivan (October 2019)

No. 8. Attitudes and perceptions of local communities towards the reintroduction of black rhino (Diceros

           bicornis bicornis) into their historical range in northwest Kunene Region, Namibia: a Masters

           Dissertation from 2004.

           by Simson !Uriǂkhob,

           with a Foreword by Sian Sullivan and Jeff Muntifering, ‘Historicising black rhino in west Namibia’
           (September 2020)

No. 9. !Nara harvesters of the northern Namib: retrieving disrupted socio-ecological pasts through on-site oral


          by Sian Sullivan and Wehemina Suro Ganuses

   with Franz ǁHoëb, Noag Ganaseb, Christophine Tauros, Michael Ganaseb, Ruben Sanib, Sophia |Awises, 

   Hildegaart |Nuas and Filemon |Nuab

No. 10. Tasting the lost flute music of Sesfontein: memories, histories, possibilities.

             by Sian Sullivan, Welhemina Suro Ganuses, Emmanuelle Olivier and Fredrick ǁHawaxab
             v2 January 2022 (v1 July 2021)


No. 11. A forgotten case of the ǂNūkhoen / Damara people added to the colonial German genocidal crimes in                  Namibia: we cannot fight the lightning during the raining season.

            by Tsukhoe ǁGaroes
            (December 2021)

No. 12. Cultural heritage and histories of the Northern Namib: historical and oral history observations for the
             Draft Management Plan, Skeleton Coast National Park 2021/2022-2030/2031

             by Sian Sullivan
             (November 2021) 


No. 13. Historicising black rhino in Namibia: colonial-era hunting, conservation custodianship, and plural                       values

             by Sian Sullivan, Simson !Uriǂkhob, Birgit Kötting, Jeff Muntifering and Rob Brett
           (December 2021)

No. 14. The Olivier ‘Damara-Nama’ Collection from Sesfontein (Namibia) (British Library Sound Archive
: repertoire, Rights Holders and repatriation

             by Sian Sullivan, 
Nami-Daman Traditional Authority, Hoanib Cultural Group, Fredrick ǁHawaxab

             and Welhemina Suro Ganuses

             (December 2023)



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