Christian Williams

Christian Williams examines the experiences of Namibians who lived in exile during Southern Africa’s anti-colonial struggles. He became interested in this topic during the early 2000s while working as a teacher on a Catholic mission station in Namibia and observing how histories of exile impact on people from that community. Thereafter, Williams completed an MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town (2002), a PhD in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan (2009) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Humanities Research. Currently, Williams lectures in the Anthropology Department at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He published a monograph on SWAPO’s exile camps with Cambridge University Press in 2015 and is now completing a new book that explores the interplay between Christian missions and anti-colonial nationalism through the life of a Namibian exile pastor.

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University of the Free State
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