I have written this blog post together with Catie Gressier and Robert Hitchcock. It is based on our recent (part) special issue in the Journal of Southern African Studies 42(2), about Belonging, Indigeneity, Land and Nature in Southern Africa under Neoliberal Capitalism. A good read for the summer holidays!
Authors: Stasja Koot, Catie Gressier and Robert Hitchcock A series of recent events in southern Africa reveal that the land question—and especially that related to land reform—is a long way from being resolved. There are currently no indications that these issues will be addressed quickly or efficiently. Land reform is at the top of the…Read more Land matters in contemporary southern Africa
This paper was written by Christa van der Wulp and myself. Christa has also done the fieldwork for it. Moreover, it is again part of the special issue in the Journal of Southern African Studies and the last paper that I have contributed to in the special issue. You can read the paper open acces…Read more New publication: Van der Wulp, C. and Koot, S. (2019). Immaterial Indigenous Modernities in the Struggle against Illegal Fencing in the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy, Namibia: Genealogical Ancestry and ‘San-ness’ in a ‘Traditional Community’. Journal of Southern African Studies
This paper is the first one by myself in the special issue that I announced this morning. I wrote it together with Bram Büscher. Of course, it is accessible on my publications page, here is the abstract: In this article, we analyse the land claim of the South Kalahari Bushmen (≠Khomani) to reflect critically on…Read more New publication: Koot, S. and Büscher, B. (2019). Giving land (back)? Dwelling, indigeneity and the ontological politics of the South Kalahari Bushmen land claim in South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies
This editorial introduces a part-special issue in the Journal of Southern African Studies, on which I have worked for a few years with fellow guest editors Catie Gressier and Bob Hitchcock. It has its origins in the first international conference of POLLEN, the global Political Ecology Network (http://politicalecologynetwork.com/), named ‘Political Ecologies of Conflict, Capitalism and…Read more New publication: Koot, S. Hitchcock, R. and Gressier, C. (2019). “Belonging, Indigeneity, Land and Nature in Southern Africa under Neoliberal Capitalism: An Overview” (editorial). Journal of Southern African Studies.
Please check out my film review in the Journal of Political Ecology about this interesting documentary here. I got to see the film because I was invited to comment on it at the Movies that Matter festival in The Hague, and I was positively surprised to see how the story behind wildlife crime was being…Read more Film review: When Lambs Become Lions, a great documentary that shows ‘the other side’ of poaching
I wrote this important paper together with Robert Hitchcock, about the very timely issue of perpetuating land pressures on Hai//om people in Northern Namibia. In addition to an attempt for a collective action lawsuit by the Hai//om for Etosha National Park and Mangetti West, the Hai//om experience many other pressures on their land that need…Read more New paper: “In the way: Perpetuating land dispossession of the indigenous Hai//om and the collective action lawsuit for Etosha National Park and Mangetti West, Namibia”, by S. Koot and R. Hitchcock (2019)