Namibia – COI

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Dr John Friedman


Dr. Friedman is Associate Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Development at Utrecht University’s Roosevelt Academy in The Netherlands. His field of expertise is in Namibian politics and the state, incorporating such issues as history, government, development, indigenous rights, democratization, traditional leadership, and customary law. In addition, Dr. Friedman has conducted research on one of southern Africa’s biggest (and most controversial) proposed dams, the Lower Kunene River Hydroeclectric Project, as well as on various issues relating to youth development. He has been working and researching in Namibia since the early 1990s. Amongst his publications are Imagining the Post-Apartheid State: An Ethnographic Account of Namibia (2011); ‘Context and Contestation in the Development Process: Lessons from Kaokoland (Namibia)’ (2009); ‘Making Politics, Making History: Chiefship and the Post-Apartheid State in Namibia’ (2005); and ‘Mapping the Epupa Debate: Discourse and Representation in a Namibian Development Project’ (2000).

Dr Mattia Fumanti


Mattia Fumanti teaches social anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK, in the department of social anthropology. Since 1999, Mattia Fumanti has conducted extensive field research in Namibia on political, cultural and economic transformations in a post-apartheid society. He has published widely on gender, youth, ethnicity, education, elites and urban transformations. He is currently working on a project on youthful aspirations in urban Namibia in a time of global economic crisis.