Heike Becker

I am a social and cultural anthropologist. My research and writing explore the intersection of culture and postcolonial politics with a focus on social identities (ethnicity, gender, ‘race’ and nationalism), memory cultures, popular culture and social movements. My work in the field of popular culture ranges across film, photography, music, and digital technologies. I have recently directed research projects on Aesthetics, Politics and Diversity—studying connections between popular culture, performance, belonging and citizenship in contemporary South Africa, and elsewhere on the African continent—together with local and international colleagues and postgraduate students. I am the author of Namibian Women’s Movement, 1980 to 1992: From Anti-colonial Resistance to Reconstruction, and editor of several edited collections. I am currently completing a monograph on nationalism and memories of Namibian liberation war. I have also published widely in local and international academic journals such as Africa, Journal of Southern African Studies, American Anthropologist, Anthropology Southern Africa, Visual Anthropology, Peripherie, Social Dynamics, and the Canadian Journal of African Studies. I am a regular contributor to blogs and other online and print publications. My writing surpasses ethnography, history, and journalism, cutting across fiction and non-fiction.

  • Becker, H. (2020) “Writing Genocide: Fiction, Biography and Oral History of the German Colonial Genocide in Namibia.” 1904-1908, Matatu 50 (dated 2018; published February 2020): 361-395.

  • Becker, H. (2018) “Changing Urbanscapes: Colonial and postcolonial monuments in Windhoek,” Nordic Journal of African Studies 27(1): 1-21.

  • Becker, H. 2018. “‘Global 1968’ on the African continent.” FocaalBlog, 9 February. www.focaalblog.com/2018/02/09heike-becker-global-1968-on-the-african-continent.
  • Becker, H. and D. Schulz (Eds.) 2017. “Un/making Difference through Performance and Mediation in Contemporary Africa.” Special Issue of  Journal of African Cultural Studies 29 (2).
  • Becker, H. 2015. ‘How We See Our Culture’: Photographic self-representations from the Cape Flats, South Africa. Visual Anthropology 28(5): 373-397.
  • Becker, H. 2012. “Anthropology and the Study of Popular Culture: A Perspective from the southern tip of Africa.” Review of African Literatures 43(4): 17-37.
  • Becker, H. 2011. “Commemorating heroes in Windhoek and Eenhana: memory, culture and nationalism in Namibia, 1990-2010.” Africa. Journal of the International African Institute 81(4): 519-43.
  • Becker, H., E. Boonzaier, and J. Owen. 2005. “Fieldwork in shared spaces: positionality, power and ethics of citizen anthropologists in southern Africa.” Anthropology Southern Africa 28(3&4): 123-132.
  • Becker, H. 1995. Namibian Women's Movement 1980 to 1992. From Anticolonial Struggle to Reconstruction. Frankfurt (Germany): IKO-Verlag für interkulturelle Kommunikation.
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