#StepThree: Curators

Ein Programmschwerpunkt von „Narrating Africa“ gilt Namibia und wird von Wissenschaftler:innen und Schriftsteller:innen aus Namibia kuratiert. 

Ausstellungsbooklet als PDF: Fassung WindhoekFassung Marbach


Foto: Silvia Disch

Julia Augart


Holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg and has been teaching German language and literature at various universities on the African continent. Currently, she is a Professor of German at the University of Namibia. Her research focuses on German literature and crime fiction set in Africa and also on Namibian literature in German language. She enjoys reading African fiction.

Dag Henrichsen


Namibischer Historiker zur afrikanischen Geschichte. Seit 1995 wiss. Mitarbeiter der Basler Afrika Bibliographien (größtes Namibia Dokumentationszentrum außerhalb Namibias) und Lehrbeauftragter am Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel.

Jekura Uaurika Kavari


Associate Professor who is lecturing Otjiherero language and Literature at the University of Namibia. Literature as a course includes culture and oral history as contexts in which this literature is set. Taught Otjiherero at the University of Namibia for thirty four years now.

Petrus Angula Mbenzi


Oshiwambo lecturer at the University of Namibia. He has authored several school books and academic articles on oral tradition, onomastics, and linguistics of Oshiwambo. His research interests include onomastics, oral tradition, and sociolinguistics.

Nelson Mlambo


„My name is Dr Nelson Mlambo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Literature Studies at the University of Namibia. My area of specialisation is Literary Studies and Theory and I currently teach literature modules which include ‘An Overview of African Literature’, ‘Namibian Literature in English Since Independence’, and ‘Postcolonial and Commonwealth Literature’.“

Rémy Ngamije


Rémy Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer. His debut novel „The Eternal Audience Of One“ is forthcoming from Scout Press (S&S). He writes for, a writing collective based in South Africa. He is the editor-in-chief of „Doek!“, Namibia’s first literary magazine. His short stories have appeared in „Litro Magazine“, „AFREADA“, „The Johannesburg Review of Books“, „The Amistad“, „The Kalahari Review“, „American Chordata“, „Doek!“, „Azure“, „Sultan’s Seal“, „Columbia Journal“, and „New Contrast“. He has been longlisted for the 2020 Afritondo Short Story Prize and shortlisted for Best Original Fiction by Stack Magazines in 2019. More of his writing can be read on his website:

Juliet Sylvia Pasi


Senior lecturer in the Department of Communication, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She teaches language, communication and literature courses. Her research interests are environmentalism in literature, issues of gender in literature as well as children’s literature. She is the editor-in-chief of the Namibia Journal of Language and Communication at NUST.

She is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled: „Ecofeminism, the Environment and Cultural Resistance in African Women’s Fiction“.

Sylvia Schlettwein


German-speaking Namibian, born on 16 November 1975 in Omaruru/Namibia. She grew up in South Africa and Namibia. She studied at the Universities of Cape Town and Stuttgart. After completing her Master’s degree in Stuttgart, she returned to Namibia in 2003. Sylvia writes, translates and edits short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry in English, German and Afrikaans and teaches German and French.

Sylvia lives, loves, works and writes in Namibia’s capital Windhoek.

Meameno Aileen Shiweda


Lecturer of English Language Education in the Education in Languages, Humanities and Commerce Department at University of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus. She holds an MPHIL in Intercultural Communications from Stellenbosch University. She is currently finalizing her PhD studies at the same university. Her research interests are language biographies, specifically their role in improving language use and the teaching proficiencies of languages students, as well as code-switching and multilingualism. She has also taught Children’s literature as well as Youth Literature. 

Helen Vale


Senior lecturer in English Dept at UNAM  from 1991 to 2008. „Prior to that I have taught at University of Swaziland for 4 years. My great interest is in Namibian literature in English and I am currently working with Prof. Sarala Krishnamurthy (of NUST) and Dr Nelson Mlambo (of UNAM) on Volume 2 and 3 of our book on Namibia Writing since independence (in all languages and genres). Volume 1 was called ‚Writing Namibia, Literature in Transition‘ (an anthology of 22 chapters) published in 2018 by UNAM Press. I am now working as a freelance editor and trainer.“

Marianne Zappen-Thomson


Born in Grootfontein and grown up in Otavi, Namibia. She studied German and Philosophy at Stellenbosch University, completed her MA in German and obtained her D.Litt.  She worked as a teacher for German as a Foreign Language before becoming a lecturer and later full professor at the University of Namibia. She has published widely  in the field of German in Namibia, intercultural communication, translation studies and German as a Foreign Language. 

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