Journal of Namibian Studies
History Politics Culture

About JNS


Andreas Eckl, Essen
Wolfram Hartmann, Windhoek

Bruno Arich-Gerz, Cologne
Christo Botha, Windhoek
Medardus Brehl, Bochum 

Tilman Dedering, Pretoria
Ute Dieckmann, Windhoek 

Gregor Dobler, Freiburg
John Friedman, Middelburg
Wendi Haugh, Canton, NY
Matthias Häußler, Siegen

Dag Henrichsen, Basel
Suzan Ilcan, Waterloo
Brian Mokopakgosi, Gaborone

André du Pisani, Windhoek
Wolfgang Werner, Windhoek 

Chris Saunders, Cape Town
Jake Short, Athens, USA
Steven Van Wolputte, Leuven

Eoin Ryan
Carol Kotze
Jennifer Perry

Otjivanda.Presse Essen
Dammannstr. 64
45138 Essen, Germany




New: JNS is now fully accessible online
(ISSN online: 2197-5523)



Aims and Scope

The aim of the Journal of Namibian Studies - History Politics Culture (ISSN print 1863-5954; ISSN online 2197-5523) is to make available to an academic audience around the world scholarly work and original research of high standards in English. The journal is inter- and transdisciplinary and covers the humanities and the social sciences. As such it seeks to serve as an interface between local and international Namibianist scholars. The main objective is to ensure that debate on Namibia-related issues, for which there is generally no adequate Namibian forum, is accessible both within Namibia and internationally.

Articles submitted for publication will be thoroughly and anonymously peer-reviewed. There are two issues per year, scheduled to be released towards the end of each half-year. Each issue contains four or five major articles and substantial book reviews

About JNS

JNS is the only journal devoted exclusively to Namibian Studies. Editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach.

JNS is held by international libraries around the world. Articles published in JNS come to the attention of international scholars.

There are no deadlines for the submission of articles. Papers submitted to be considered for publication are welcome at all times.

It is part of our policy to keep the time span for the editorial process as short as possible.

Material submitted for publication will only be accepted in English.

The journal operates in an anonymous peer-review mode. Once a contribution has been received, it will be anonymised and thereafter dispatched to independently chosen reviewers, who also will remain anonymous throughout the process.

Final acceptance of submitted articles will be decided following consideration of the reviewers’ feedback and rests solely with the editors of JNS /publishers Otjivanda Presse.Essen.

Submissions of articles can be made any time by e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word Format to one of the editors:


JNS 12 / 2012


Medardus Brehl
Figures of disintegration. ‘Half-castes’ and ‘frontiersmen’ in German colonial literature on South West Africa

Tilman Dedering
Compounds, camps, colonialism

Daniel Lange
The GDR’s UNTAG involvement 1989/90: A short and unique chapter in German-Namibian history

Chris Low
KhoeSan shamanistic relationships with snakes and rain


Julie J. Taylor, Naming the Land. San Identity and Community Conservation in Namibia's West Caprivi. Basel, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2012 (Gertrud Boden)

Marion Wallace with John Kinahan, A History of Namibia: From the Beginning to 1990, New York, Columbia University Press, 2011 (Gary Marquardt)

Dag Henrichsen, Herrschaft und Alltag im vorkolonialen Zentralnamibia: Das Herero- und Damaraland im 19. Jahrhundert, Basel, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Windhoek, Namibia Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft, 2011 (Felix Schürmann)



Annual rates (covering two issues, incl. p/p): 180 EUR for institutions; 120 EUR for institutional orders to and from Africa; 50 EUR for individuals(excl. p/p); 30 EUR for single issues.

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