Prof. dr. J.B. (Jan-Bart) Gewald

Position:
  • Researcher
Expertise:
  • history, african history, technology and society


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3115
E-Mail: j.b.gewald@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Talen en culturen van Afrika
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.72a
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3370
E-Mail: gewald@ascleiden.nl
Faculty / Department: Afrika-Studiecentrum, Wetenschappelijke staf
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A10
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3115
E-Mail: j.b.gewald@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Talen en culturen van Afrika
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.72a


Fields of interest

  • African cultural and social history
  • The relationship between technology and society
  • Southern African history
  • Ghanaian history
  • African Socio-political History
  • Global and Imperial History
  • The history of anthropology
  • Contemporary African developments
  • The history of technology in Africa
  • Genocide studies

Research

My research focuses on three issues in particular:

  1. The social transformation of southern Africa in the past 500 years.

  2. The role of African Agency in this transformative process. 

  3. The role of African Agency in this transformative process.

  4. The issues of legitimacy and power in this transformative process.

Archival research experience:

(In alphabetical order)

Algemeen Rijksarchief, Den Haag, Netherlands
Anglo American Corporation Archives, Harare, Zimbabwe
Barlow Rand Archives, Johannesburg, South Africa
Basel Afrika Bibliographieen Archive, Basel Zwisterland
Basel Mission Archives, Basel Zwitserland
Botswana National Archives, Gaborone
BUZA, Archives of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague
Cape Archives Depot, Cape Town South Africa
Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia, Windhoek
Federal Archives Depot, Berlin, Germany
Ghana National Archives, Accra
International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam
Livingstone Museum Archives, Livingstone, Zambia
Namibia National Archives, Windhoek
Namibian Scientific Society Archives, Swakopmund
National Archives (Public Records Office), Kew Gardens, United Kingdom
Padmore Research Library Archives, Accra, Ghana
Roman Catholic Mission Archives, Lusaka, Zambia
Sam Cohen Library Archives, Swakopmund, Namibia
South African National Archives, Pretoria, South Africa
United Evangelical Mission Archives, Wuppertal, Germany
William Cullen Library Archives, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Zambian National Archives, Lusaka
Zeeuws Archief, Middelburg, Netherlands
Zimbabwe National Archives, Harare
Yale University

Teaching activities

I teach African history with a particular focus on Southern African history.

Teaching experience:

• Taught and developed courses at both graduate and undergraduate level at the Universities of Cologne and Leiden. Track chair for the African Studies Research Masters Patterns of Power. Courses taught include the History of Mercantilism 1500 – 1800, The Establishment of Colonial Rule in Africa, The Legacy of the Rhodes Livingstone Institute, the history of south-western Africa (southern Namibia, north-western Cape and south-western Botswana), the history of southern Africa (Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Zambia), and the causes and mobilisation of armed conflict in colonial Africa.
• Active participation as instructor in European Science Foundation funded summer schools in Cortona, Italy and Thurnau, Germany.
• Numerous guest lectures presented to students and faculty at universities in Africa, the United States, and Europe.
• Extensive experience in the organisation and presentation of academic lectures and seminars dealing with African history, society, and politics.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic qualifications:

• PhD in History, Leiden University (17/10/96)
Promotor: Prof. dr. Henk Wesseling
Co-promotor: Prof. dr. Robert Ross
Thesis entitled:
Towards Redemption: A Socio-Political History of the Herero of Namibia 1890-1923
• MA in History, Leiden University (23/2/90)
Theses entitled:
The All-African Peoples Conference of 1958, Accra Ghana: A study of political and economic objectives
Mountaineers as Mantatees: A Critical Reassessment of Events Leading up to the Battle of Dithakong, South Africa 1823
• Propaedeutics in History, Leiden University (27/8/87)
• BA in African Political Studies and African History, Rhodes University, South Africa (11/4/86)
• Matriculation, St. Pauls College, Windhoek Namibia, December 1981.

Work experience:

• September 2006 – present, Senior Researcher, African Studies Centre, Leiden and Department of History, Leiden University.
• February 2003 – 2005, Senior Researcher, African Studies Centre, Leiden.
• July 2002 – January 2003, Researcher, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.
Commissioned research on the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) of the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation of The Netherlands.
• April 2002 – June 2002, Researcher, Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 389 Üniversität zü Köln, Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa, project E3 “Wege und Handel in ariden Zonen”.
• January – March 2002, Researcher, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Commissioned research on Globalisation theory in relation to Africa.
• July 2000 – December 2001, Researcher, SFB 389, Üniversität zü Köln, Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa, project C7, “Vergangenheitskonstruktionen der Herero in diesem Jahrhundert”. •June 1999 – July 2000, unpaid leave to care for my eldest daughter.
• October 1996 – May 1999, Researcher, SFB 389 Üniversität zü Köln, Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa, project C7, “Vergangenheitskonstruktionen der Herero in diesem Jahrhundert”
• March 1991 – March 1995 Onderzoeker in Opleiding, CNWS, Leiden University.
• 1980 – 1985 Vacation work as a geological field assistant Anglo-American Prospecting Services in Namibia and South Africa.

Positions held as supervisor or examiner of doctoral theses or membership of examining boards:

PhD supervision:

Current doctoral research projects:

• Ntewusu, Samuel Aniegye, Leiden University/ASC, Towards a Social History of Tudu Lorry Park, Accra, Ghana 1908 – 2008 Co-promotor.
• Sebastiaan Soeters, Leiden University/ASC, Towards a Social History of Tamale, Ghana 1900 – 1981 Co-promotor.
• Mary Davies, Leiden University/ASC, A Social History of Rumphi District, Malawi, Co-promotor.
• Iva Pesa, Leiden University/ASC, A social and agricultural history of Mwinilunga, Zambia, Co-promotor.
• Melle Leenstra, Leiden University/IS Academy, The instrumentalisation of the medical sector in Zambia, 1964 – 2008, Co-promotor
• Walter Nkwi, Leiden University/ASC, Social History of Buea, Cameroon, Co-promotor.
• Casper Erichsen, Leiden University, The causes and consequences of Namibia’s prisoners-of-war and concentration camps, 1904 – 1908, Co-promotor.

PhD examinations:

• Rory Pilosoff, University of Sheffield, The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: White Farming Voices in Zimbabwe and Their Narration of the Recent Past, c. 1970 – 2004, External Examiner, 23 September 2010.
• Martijn Wienia, Leiden University, Ominous Calm: Autochtony and sovereignty in Konkomba/Nanumba violence and peace, Ghana, Member of the examining committee,15 December 2009.
• Robert Mbe Akoko, Leiden University, ”Ask and you shall be given”: Pentacostalism and the economic crisis in Cameroon, Member of the examining committee, 26 June 2007.
• J. Joost Beuving, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Cotonou’s Klondike: A sociological analysis of entrepreneurship in the Euro-West African second-hand car trade, Member of the reading and examining committee, 3 May 2006.
• Michael Besten, Leiden University, Transformation and reconstitution of Khoe-San Identities: AAS Le Fleur I, Griqua Identities and Post-Apartheid Khoe-San Revivalism (1894 – 2004), Member of the examining committee, 18 January 2006.
• Russel Stafford Viljoen, Leiden University, “Land of Our Forefathers”: Jan Paerl: A Khoikhoi Prophet in Cape Colonial Society, 1761 – 1851, Member of the examining committee, 4 December 2003.
• Wolfgang Fuhrmann, Utrecht University, Propaganda, Sciences, and Entertainment. German Colonial Cinetmatography: A case study on the history of early nonfiction cinema. Member of the reading and examining committees,10 June 2003.
• Omu Kakujaha-Matundu, Institute of Social Sciences, Den Haag, Common Pool Resource Management: The Case of Eastern Communal Rangelands in semi-arid Namibia, Member of the examining committee, 24 March 2003.

Completed Masters theses:

2010


• Robert Pijpers, Anthropology Department, I want to be a Millionaire: finding a way through the Sierra Leone mining sector, Leiden University.

2009

• Iva Pesa, Leiden University/ASC Resma, supervisor, reader/reviewer and provider of information. Cinderella’s Cassava: A historical study of agricultural adaptation in Mwinilunga district from pre-colonial times to indpendence. Finalist for Masters thesis awards at Leiden University and the African Studies Centre. • Maarten Bedert, Leiden University/ASC Resma, co-supervisor, reader/reviewer and provider of information. How the Minibus Crashes Social Relations: Exploring Urban Dynamics in Blantyre, Malawi.
• Michael Odhiambo, Utrecht University, Supervisor and reader/reviewer of thesis. The Herero and Nama Genocide 1904 – 1908: A Case for Reparations.
• Sarah Hardus, University of Amsterdam, reader/reviewer and provider of information. China in Africa: Consequences for Traditional Donor Aid: A Case Study of the possible influence of Chinese economic aid on traditional donor conditionality in Zambia.

External Examiner

• Casper Wulff Erichsen, University of Namibia, ‘The Angel of Death has descended violently among them’: A study of Namibia’s concentration camps and prisoners-of-war, 1904 – 1908, External Examiner, March 2004, Winner of the 2004 Masters Thesis Award of the African Studies Centre, Leiden.

Co-supervisor

• Mienke van de Brug, Leiden University, World and experiences of Aids orphans in north central Namibia, Winner of the 2006 Masters Thesis Award of the African Studies Centre, Leiden.

Membership of boards and committees:

• Member of the Executive Committee of the European Science Foundation funded African Borderlands Research Network.
• Vice Executive Secretary of the International Network of Genocide Scholars.
• Africa Network chair for the European Social Science History Conference.
• Executive Committee member of the Network for Historical Research in Zambia.
• Member of the publications committee of the African Studies Centre.
• Member of the library committee of the African Studies Centre.
• Member of the seminar committee of the African Studies Centre.
• Jury member of the annual African Studies Centre masters thesis award.

Academic responsibilities:

• Chair of ICE in Africa: the relationship between people and the Internal Combustion Engine in Africa. A NWO research programme (2005 – 2011) involving 5 researchers working on the relationship between ICE and people in the Sahel, Zambia, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.
• Co-Chair of From Muskets to Nokias: Technology, Consumption and Social Change in Central Africa from Pre-Colonial Times to the Present. A NWO Humanities open competition research programme (2008 – 2012) involving three post-docs, and four PhDs working on consumption and social change in Zambia, southern DRC and Malawi.
• Lecturer and track coordinator of the African Studies Research Masters African Studies advanced track on ‘Patterns of Power’.

Editorial board member of:

• International Review of Social History, Cambridge University Press (2005 – 2010)
• Botswana Notes and Records, University of Botswana (2009 onwards)
• Afrika Spectrum, Hamburg University, (2003 – 2007).

Manuscript reviewer for:
 
Africa Today, African Affairs, African Historical Review, Afrika Spektrum, Anthropology Today, Brill Academic Publishers, Current Anthropology, Historia, History in Africa, Historisch Nieuwsblad, International Review of Social History, Itinerario, Journal of African History, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of Transport History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Nordic African Studies Institute, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis and T2M Yearbook.

Languages:

• Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English, Dutch, Afrikaans, and German (secondary schooling was done with Afrikaans and English as first languages).
• Fair knowledge of French.
• Completed courses on Bantu language structure, Swahili, Herero language structure, and Herero language competency at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany.
• Passive reading knowledge of OtjiHerero.
• Completed courses on Geez script and Tigrinya language at the Alliance Francaise in Asmara, Eritrea.

Scholarships and awards

2010

• Dutch counterpart for the successful South Africa Netherlands Paths for Alternative Development funding application entitled, “An Oral History of HIV/AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal:Life stories of pastoral agents, NGO workers and caregivers involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS”. 2011 – 2013.

2009

• As part of the African Borderlands Research Network awarded an European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme 1 April 2009 – 30 September 2014.

2007

• NWO open competition research programme in the Humanities, From Muskets to Nokias: Technology, Consumption and Social Change in Central Africa from Pre-Colonial Times to the Present. A research programme (2008 – 2012) involving three post-docs, and four PhDs working on consumption and social change in Zambia, southern DRC and Malawi.

2005

• NWO Vidi Vernieuwingsimpuls grant, ICE in Africa: the relationship between people and the Internal Combustion Engine in Africa. A research programme (2005 – 2011) involving 6 full-time researchers working on the relationship between ICE and people in the Sahel, Zambia, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

2004

• Successful application for funding to conduct historical research on the Dutch development organisation, SNV. This funding allowed for the employment of a post-doctoral researcher (Dr. I. Brinkman), a doctoral student (Drs. A. Hoek), and no less than twelve contract researchers in countries ranging from Bolivia and Colombia in South America, through to Zambia, Cameroon and Tanzania in Africa, as well as Bangladesh and Nepal in Asia. Results published as, Inge Brinkman in collaboration with Anne-Kotte Hoek, Bricks, Mortar and Capacity Building: A Socio-Cultural History of SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Leiden [etc.]: Brill, Afrika-Studiecentrum Series; vol. 18, 2010

2001

• Post-doctoral research funding as part of the Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 389 Üniversität zü Köln, Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa, project E3 “Wege und Handel in ariden Zonen”.

1996

• Post-doctoral research, SFB 389 Üniversität zü Köln, Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa, project C7, “Vergangenheitskonstruktionen der Herero in diesem Jahrhundert”

1991

• PhD research funding, NWO Onderzoeker in Opleiding, The socio-political history of the Herero speaking people of Southwesten Africa, 1890 – 1920, CNWS, Leiden University.
 
1990

• Erasmus funding enabling travel and accommodation to Germany as an exchange student at Cologne University.
 
1989

• LUF funding enabling travel to Ghana as an exchange student with the University of Ghana for six months.

International activities

2010
• Co-organiser of the SEPHIS networking workshop From League of Nations Mandates to Zones of Conflict in the Present: The Long Term Consequences of Mandates in the Global South: An International Comparative Perspective, Monday 6th to Saturday 11th December 2010, at the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy, and Bible Translation (GILLBT), Tamale and Accra, Ghana.
• Invited paper presenter at the African Studies Association, San Francisco, “Hunting Witches: Kaleloze Guns and a Witchcraft Scare in Northern Rhodesia/Zambia 1954 – 60”, 18 November 2010.
• Invited guest lecture at the History Department, Basel University, Switzerland, “From Kaliloze to Karavina: The historical and current use and context of “Kaliloze witch guns” in Western Zambia”, 26 October 2010.
• Invited paper at the ABORNE annual conference Basel Switzerland, 8 – 12 September 2010, “From Macdonald to Madona: Consumption, Labour Migrancy, Palpitation and the establishment of suzerainty on the Luapula Border, Northern Rhodesia Katanga 1904 – 1914”.
• Co-organiser Central African Research Themes (CART) V conference, Lusaka Zambia, 23 – 29 August 2010.
• Invited instructor and lecturer at the ABORNE Summer School Thurnau, Universität Bayreuth, 26 – 30 July 2010, presented a paper entitled, “From Macdonald to Madona: Consumption, Labour Migrancy, Palpitation and the establishment of suzerainty on the Luapula Border, Northern Rhodesia Katanga 1904 – 1914”.
• Research visit to South Africa with visits to Rhodes University and the Universities of Cape Town and the Witwatersrand, 1- 13 May 2010.
• Paper presenter at the European Social Science History Conference, held in Ghent, Belgium, 11 – 14 April 2009,
• Field research visit tracing trade routes from the West African coast inland to Accra, Cape Coast, Kumase and Tamale, Ghana, 1 – 10 March 2010.

2009

• American Anthropological Association,1 – 8 December, Philadelphia, invited presenter: “From Kaliloze to Karavina: The historical and current use and context of “Kaliloze Witch Guns” in Western Zambia”.
• African Borderlands Research Network, 3 – 19 September, University of the Witwatersrand, presenter: “Beyond the Last Frontier: Major Trollope and the Eastern Caprivi Zipfel”
• Research was conducted in the National Archives of South Africa in Pretoria.
• Central African Research Themes, 25 May – 9 June, Lusaka Zambia, conference organiser, presenter, chair, discussant, participant. Within the context of the research programme, “From Muskets to Nokias: A Social History of Consumption in Central Africa”, a conference was organised in Zambia with participants from Europe, Congo DRC, Malawi and Zambia.
• Research was conducted in the Archives of Livingstone Museum in Livingstone, Zambia.
• Invited Paper “African Miners and Shape Shifting Flight Capital: The Case of Baluba Luanshya, Zambia”, 6 – 7 May History Department, University of Sheffield.
• Research on files dealing with Liambezi Province (the Caprivi Strip) and western Zambia, was conducted in Windhoek, National Archives of Namibia in 24 March – 3 April 2009.
• Gold Mining in West Africa, 17 – 27 January, Bamako, Mali, Roles: Co-organiser, presenter, chair, discussant, participant. Within the context of a successful WOTRO integrated programme pilot workshop, research was carried out in Mali and the borderlands of Guinea. In addition a workshop was organised with representatives of the Malian government and Malian NGOs with participants from Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, South Africa and Europe in Bamako, Mali. The trip lasted ten days of which seven days were spent in the field visiting a variety of gold-mining along the Mali Guinea Border.
• WOTRO integrated programme pilot workshop Bamako, Mali, 17 – 27 January, presented a paper, “A Social History of Gold in West Africa”.

2008

• GAPSYMS, Mobilities in Africa; Africa in Mobility, Ghent University,15 – 17 December, Invited Keynote speaker, “Hunting Witches: Migrant Labour and Cross Border Trading in Northern Rhodesia/Zambia 1912 – 2008”
• Rutherford College, School of History, University of Kent, Canterbury, 3 December 2008, Invited seminar paper presenter, “Compassionate Killers? Kalelose Guns and the Witchcraft Scare of Barotseland, Northern Rhodesia, 1956 – 58”
• Centre for African Studies, Edinburgh University, 26 November 2008, Invited Seminar paper Presenter, “Kaliloze and Karavina, hired guns in western Zambia”.
• African Studies Association, Chicago, 12 – 17 November 2008, Participant and paper presenter, “Kaliloze and Karavina, hired guns in western Zambia”.
• African Studies Centre/ Leiden University, CART II: Northern Rhodesia in the 1950s, 24 – 28 September 2008, Conference organizer, Paper presenter, Panel Chair, Discussant, “Kaliloze and Karavina, hired guns in western Zambia”
• Oxford University, Zambian Mining Conference, 17 – 20 September 2008, Participant, Panel Chair and Discussant.
• Zambia and Congo (DRC), Conduct fieldwork in Zambia and to prepare for fieldwork and further work in Congo DRC, 17 July – 10 August 2008.
• European World History Conference, Dresden, 2 – 6 July 2008, Participant and Paper presenter, “Operation Eve: British Military Operations Settler fears and fantasies in Northern Rhodesia”.
• Aegis Summerschool, Cortona, Italy, 15 – 22 June 2008, Lecturer and discussant.
• Ghana, meet and discuss fieldwork with Sebastiaan Soeters in Tamale and Samuel Ntewusu Aniegye in Accra. 7 Days, 12 – 20 April 2008.

2007

• “Flights of Fancy: Aerodromes, Airfields, and Dreams of Modernity in Early Colonial Zambia 1914-40” African Studies Association New York, 19 October 2007, Paper presenter
• T2M Conference, African Mobility, 25 – 28 October 2007, Helmond, Panel Convenor, “Hot and Bothered in the Jungles of Central Africa: The Lake Tanganyika Naval Expedition, Portage Labour and Steam Transport, 1914 – 1918”
• International Workshop “Central African Routes and Transport”, ASC/CNWS Leiden, 10 – 13 October 2007, Organiser and convenor.
• AEGIS/ECAS Conference, Organiser and convener of the panel, “Copper and Migrants: Towards a Social History of Industrialisation and Social Change in Central Africa 1890 – 1990”, Leiden University, 11 – 14 July 2007.
• “Steaming Through the Jungle: Steam Technology and Muscle Power in Central Africa”, AEGIS/ECAS Conference, 12 July 2007, Paper presenter.
• “Rethinking Colonial Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Comparative Perspectives on Local Actors, Policies and Practices (1915 – 1965)” AEGIS/ECAS Conference, 13 July 2007, Panel Discussant.
• “Transformations in Transport in Zambia”, Department of Anthropology, Universität zu Bayreuth, 6 June 2007, Paper presenter.
• “ICE in Africa: A research Project with a Difference”, Haus der Welt, Bayreuth, 5 June 2007, Paper presenter.

2006

• Researching and writing in the twilight of an imagined conquest: Anthropology in Northern Rhodesia 1930 – 1960, Africa Study Centre, 20 April 2006, University of Leuven, 23 June 2006, University of Cologne 26 June 2006.

2005

• Co-organiser Network for Historical Research in Zambia conference, Zambia: Independence and After, Towards a Historiography Lusaka Zambia, 11 – 14 August 2005
• Chair and convenor of the panels, “Of Drivers, Mechanics, Traders, and Prostitutes: a social history of motor-vehicles in the 20th Century” at the AEGIS European Conference on African Studies, London, 29 June – 3 July 2005.
• Invited to present seminar paper in the Agrarian Studies Colloquium Series, Yale University, “Social relations and the introduction of the motor-car in Zambia, 1900 – 1940”, 15 April 2005.
• Invited to present seminar paper “The coming of the golden age?: Historiography in the post-colony”, in the African Studies series of Cambridge University, 21 February 2005.
• Invited to present seminar paper “The Herero-German war: the first genocide of the 20th Century”, in the African history series of Brown University, Providence Rhode Island, 8 February 2005.
• Co-organiser of the conference, Genocides: Forms, Causes and Consequences. The Herero-War (1904-08) in historical perspective, and paper “Learning to wage and win wars in Africa: A provisional history of German Military activity in Congo, Tanzania, China and Namibia”, Berlin, Germany, 13 – 15 January 2005.

2004

• Chair and convenor of the workshop Religion in Zambia, at the Zambia Day 2004: 40 years of cooperation between the Netherlands and Zambia: Lessons for the Future, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, 20 November 2004.
• Discussion paper 'Challenging Nationalist “Historiography” in Settler States: Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia', presented at the forty-seventh annual meeting of the African Studies Association in New Orleans, 11 – 14 November 2004.
• Conference paper 'Coming through slaughter: The Herero of Namibia 1904 – 1940', presented at Heritage in Southern and Eastern Africa: Imagining and marketing Public Culture and History, Livingstone Zambia, 5 – 8 July 2004.
• Conference paper 'Namibia’s Past in the Present: Towards Patriotic History?', presented at Heritage in Southern and Eastern Africa: Imagining and marketing Public Culture and History, Livingstone Zambia, 5 – 8 July 2004.
• Invited guest lecture 'African History and the Netherlands', African History Research Seminar, St. Cross College, Oxford University, 15 June 2004.
• Organiser and presenter of the international workshop, The Concept of Agency in African History: A Workshop on Structure and Agency in African History, African Studies Centre, Leiden, 27 – 28 May 2004, and presented, Chief Hosea Kutako: Herero Royal and Namibian Nationalist, A life against confinement, 1870 – 1970.
• Invited guest lecture, Colonisation, Genocide and Resurgence: The Herero of Namibia, 1890 – 1923, at the University of Zambia, Lusaka, 24 March 2004.
• Invited guest lecture, Transformations in Transport in Zambia: Peliminary ideas regarding a social history dealing with the introduction of the motor-car in Zambia, 1890 – 1930,
- At the African History and Politics Seminar, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, 7 June 2004.
- At the International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam, 27 April 2004.
- At the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 March 2004
- At the University of Zambia, Lusaka, 10 March 2004
- At the University of Basel, Switzerland, 3 February 2004.

2003

• Chair and convenor of the panel, “Segregation, Environment, and the Historical Creation of Pristine Africa: Or the Myth of an Uninhabited Continent”, and paper presenter, War settlers and Land: The Creation of Empty Land for Commercial Farms in the Iringa Highlands, Tanzania 1890 – 1940 at the African Studies Association 46th Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2 November 2003.
• Co-organiser and presenter of the seminar series, Histories of Violence, African Studies Centre, Leiden
• Paper presenter Healthier and More Natural Living Conditions: The Herero and Reserves, Namibia 1920 – 40, and chair of the panel, “Re-thinking Landscape Change and Environmental Policy in Africa” at the American Society for Environmental History, Providence, Rhode Island, 27 – 29 March 2003.
• Invited to present the paper “25 years IOV-IOB: Competence with Consequence?”, at the 25 years IOB celebration, at Instituut Clingendael, Den Haag.
 
2002

• Paper presenter Near Death in the Streets of Karibib: The 1915 famine and the coming of Ovambo to central and southern Namibia, at the African Studies Association 45th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 5 – 8 December 2002.
• Paper presenter Netherlands: co-operation policies, at the Parcours de Developpement/Development Paths conference, GEMDEV, Paris, 10 – 11 October 2002.
• 2002 – 2004: Historical advisor to the exhibition, conference, catalogue, and edited volume of the 100 Jahr geteilte Geschichte: Namibia und Deutschland 1904 – 2004 exhibition that is to be held at the Rautenstrauch Joest Museum fuer Voelkerkunde in Cologne, and the Museum fuer Deutsche Geschichte in Berlin.
• Presented the conference paper, “From the Old Location to Bishops Hill: the politics of urban planning and landscape history in Windhoek, Namibia”, presented at The Governance of Daily Life in Africa: Public and Collective Services and their Users, Apad conference, African Studies Centre, Leiden, 22 – 25 May 2002.
• Presented, “From the Anecdotal to the Empirical: A Provisional Exploration of Globalisation and Questions of Ownership with particular focus on Africa”, background paper prepared for Globalisation and Changing Questions of Ownership in Culture and Society, African Studies Centre, Leiden, 26 – 27 April 2002.
• Invited to present the guest lecture, “The First and the Last of the Twentieth Century: The Herero and the Rwandan Genocides”, Department of Ethnology, University of Cologne, 29 January 2002.

2001

• Invited to present the conference paper, “I was afraid of Samuel, therefore I came to Sekgoma’: Herero refugees and patronage politics in Ngamiland, Bechuanaland protectorate 1890 - 1914”, Afrikanische Migration und Aufnahmegesellschaften,Kolloquium des Sonderforschungsbereich 520, University of Hamburg, 7 December 2001.
• Invited to present guest lectures in History at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, November 2001.
“The Killing of Clemens Kapuuo: Operation Reindeer and South African Dirty Tricks in Namibia, 1978”, Department of Africana Studies.
“The Herero Genocide: Bureaucracy and mass-killing”, Department of History.
• Chair and convenor of the panels, Germany, the Kaiser, and Africa: The impact of Africa on Germany, and Germany’s impact on Africa, at the forty-fourth annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Houston, Texas, November 2001.
• Invited to present the conference paper, “Presenting the past to conquer the future: the political use of the Herero genocide in the course of the twentieth century”, presented at the Revolt and Resistance in African History: Reinterpreting their Significance in Africa’s Past and Present conference, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands 11 – 12 October 2001.
• Invited to present the conference paper, “Anticipating the Kaiser: German soldiers and the Herero genocide”, presented at The (colonial) encounter: Africans in Germany – Germans in Africa conference, Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany, 5 – 8 September 2001.
• Invited to present the workshop paper, “El Negro, El Niño, Witchcraft and the absence of rain in Botswana”, presented at the Workshop on the repatriation of "El Negro", University of Botswana, Gaborone, 24 May 2001. • Invited to present the seminar paper, “Death in the streets of Karibib: the Ovamboland famine of 1915 and its impact on Namibian history”, presented at the History and Archaeology Research Seminar of the University of Botswana, Gaborone, 18 January 2001.
 
2000

• Invited to present the paper, “Making tribes: social engineering in the Western Province of British administered Eritrea 1941 – 52”, presented at African Studies Association of the United Kingdom Biennial Conference, Trinity College, Cambridge , United Kingdom, 11 – 13 September 2000.
• Presented the paper, “Who killed Clemens Kapuuo? assassination, politics and ‘hearts and minds’ in central Namibia in the late 1970s”, presented at the History and Archaeology Research Seminar of the University of Botswana, Gaborone, 17 February 2000, and the Public History: Forgotten History conference held at the University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, 22 - 25 August, 2000.
• Invited to present the paper, “A Teutonic ethnologist in the Windhoek district: Günther Wagner and the unpublished ethnographic survey”, presented at the Anthropological Association of Southern Africa, Windhoek, Namibia, 8 – 14 May 2000.

1999
• Chair and convenor of the panel, The Last Frontier? A Historical View of Marginalisation in Africa, at the forty-second annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 1999. • Invited to present the seminar paper, “From Kuruman to Gobabis: Barolong Batlharo traders, trade routes and trade strategies 1880 – 1904”, presented at the History and Archaeology Research Seminar of the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, 21 October 1999.
• Invited to present the paper, “Remembering genocide to forget divisions: Namibian Herero identity in post-colonial Namibia”, presented at Namibië: Naar een Nieuwe Identiteit?, Studium Generale, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, 26 October 1999.
• Invited to present seminar paper entitled, “Mbadamassi: A Nigerian soldier for King and Kaiser in Nigeria, Cameroon and Namibia, 1890 – 1916” presented at University of Namibia staff colloquium, Windhoek,15 February 1999; Namibian Scientific Society public lecture, Windhoek, 22 February 1999, and the History and Archaeology Research Seminar of the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, 20 May 1999
• Invited to present the conference paper, “Of Brothers and War: On becoming a chief in the Kaokoveld 1916 – 1930”, presented at the SFB 389 Kaokoland colloquium, University of Cologne, Germany, 22 - 23 January 1999
 
1998

• Invited to present the conference paper, “’We will go to the Jews’: The reintroduction of circumcision, polygamy and ritual mutilation, and the redefinition of gender relations in central Namibian Herero society, 1920 – 40”, at the forty-first annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago, Illinois, October – November 1998.
• Invited to present the conference paper, “Heaven on earth: herero conceptualisation of land 1920 – 1940”, presented at, Landnahme: Zur Historischen und Symbolischen Aneigung Lokaler Räume, symposium held at the University of Cologne, Germany, 16 - 18 October 1998
• Invited to present the conference paper, “Football, fanfares and funerals: Herero and missionary contestations of the acceptable, 1900 – 1940”, presented at Everyday Life in Colonial Africa, symposium held at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany, 6 - 7 October 1998

1997

• Organiser and presenter at the conference People, Cattle and Land: A Symposium on the Culture, History and Economy of Otjiherero Speaking People, University of Cologne 14 – 17 September 1997. Resulted in the publication of the edited volume:
Jan-Bart Gewald & Michael Bollig (editors), People, Cattle and Land: Transformations of a pastoral society in southwestern Africa, (Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag) 2001, pp. xii + 540.
Presented, the conference paper “’We thought we would be free’: ideals and realities in the 1920s”
• Invited to present the seminar paper, “Herero and missionaries: the making of historical sources in the 1920´s”, presented at Colloquium Africanum, University of Cologne, Germany, 9 January 1997

1996

• Invited to present the conference paper, “Herero annual parades: commemorating to create”, presented at Indigene afrikanische Ethnographien, symposium, University of Cologne, Germany, 14 – 16 June 1996.

1995

• “Unburdening myself of Herero history”, presented at the African studies PhD seminar, Leiden University, the Netherlands, 8 March 1995
• Organiser and presenter at the Ethnic Soldiering and its Impact, international workshop held at the CNWS School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies Leiden University 12 – 14 January 1995.

1994

• Invited to present the conference paper, “The return of the Herero refugee”, at the thirty-seventh annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Toronto, Canada, November 1994.
• “The curse of Kahimemua: the impact of rinderpest in Hereroland”, presented at Writing History. Identity and Society in Namibia, conference, Hannover, Germany, 5 May 1994.
• “Death by camel: the Herero succession dispute of 1890 – 1894”, presented at the African studies PhD seminar, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, 29 April 1994.

1993

• Invited to present the workshop paper, “The return of Herero refugees to Namibia post 1914”, presented at ’Trees Never Meet, but People do’ Mobility and Containment in Namibia, 1915 – 1945, Workshop, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 10 - 11 December 1993
• Invited to present the conference paper, “The road of the man called Love: The export of labour from German Southwest Africa to the South African Rand between 1840 and 1905”, at the thirty-six annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Boston, Massachussets, 4 – 7 December 1993.
• Presented the seminar paper, “Bakgalagadi ethnic formation in post independence Namibia”, presented at the University of Leiden and Institute for Social Studies Africa seminar in the Hague, the Netherlands, 8 June 1993.
• Presented the conference paper, “The creation of Damaraland: the creation of a new ethnicity?” presented at Ethnicity and Nationalism in Southern Africa, conference, held in Grahamstown, South Africa, 20 – 24 April 1993.

1991

• Invited to present the conference paper, “Untapped Sources: Slave exports from southern and central Namibia up to the mid-nineteenth century”, at The ‘Mfecane’ Aftermath: towards a new paradigm, international conference organised at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa, 6 – 9 September 1991.

1990

• International exchange student at the University of Ghana Legon, attached to the Institute of African studies for six months.

Key publications

Monographs:

  • “We Thought we Would be Free”: Socio-Cultural Aspects of Herero History in Namibia 1920-1940 (Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag) 2000, pp. 272.
  • Herero Heroes: A Socio-Political History of the Herero of Namibia 1890 - 1923 (Oxford: James Currey; Cape Town: David Philip; Athens OH: Ohio University Press) 1999, pp. x + 310.

Co-authored:

  • With Jos van Beurden, From output to outcome?: 25 years of IOB evaluations, Aksant Academic Publishers: Amsterdam 2004.

Edited:

  • Jan-Bart Gewald, Marja Hinfelaar and Giacomo Macola, Living the end of Empire: Politics and society in late colonial Zambia, Leiden, Boston: Brill 2011.
  • Jan-Bart Gewald, Sabine Luning and Klaas van Walraven, The Speed of Change: Motor Vehicles and People in Africa, 1890-2000 Leiden, Boston: Brill 2009.
  • Jan-Bart Gewald, Marja Hinfelaar and Giacomo Macola, One Zambia, Many Histories: Towards a History of Post-coolonial Zambia, Leiden, Boston: Brill 2008. (Reprinted by Lembani Press in Zambia 2010).

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