Book Review – Namibian History Review Book to Be Launched

The Franco Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) will be the venue for the launch of the history book, “Re-viewing Resistance in Namibian History” at the next FNCC’s literature discussion forum “Invitation agrave la lecture” next Saturday at the FNCC Multimedia Library starting at ten O’clock in the morning.

The event will see the launch of the new Namibian history book edited by Dr. Jeremy Silvester. This volume brings together a collection of 20 papers, which were originally presented at the conference: “Moments, Memories and Monuments, Tracing the Footprints to Independence”, held in Windhoek in 2009. It will be viewed as the raw edge of history production in Namibia, as contributors have produced significant new research and written work providing new insights and perspectives on Namibia’s history and heritage.

Earlier versions of the papers in this book were presented at a conference organised by the Archives of the Anti-Colonial and the Liberation (AACRLS) project, where active participants in the liberation struggle drew on their personal memories to engage with work presented by these young historians. Some developed from work done for academic opinion and are interrupting with references, whilst others are working papers drawn from shorter research and collection projects supported by the AACRLS.

Editor of the collection Dr Silvester taught history at the University of Namibia for eight years after having taught at the universities of Bristol, Keele, and the West of England. He is currently the project coordinator for the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) and ‘The Heritage Hunt’, a United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) funded project that identifies heritage sites of importance to communities throughout Namibia. Dr Silvester also organises National School Clubs and Museums Exhibition Competition (SCAMX), which encourages participation in learning history and in museum and heritage projects throughout Namibia. Since 2001, Dr Silvester has been external examiner for the Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies offered at the universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape. He is widely published and currently writes and edits the MAN’s bi-annual newsletter, Museum Matters.

This lecture is hosted by Helen Vale, former senior lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam), and Jane Katjavivi Director of UNAM Press. Dr Silvester the author and editor will be there to speak about the book and he will be accompanied by three of the 20 authors, Dr. Martha Akawa, Dr. Bennett Kangumu and Ms Lovisa Nampala. The event is open to everyone interested and entrance is free.

Source : New Era