Lecture | Book launch
Het brouwen van een identiteit: de rol van Zuid-Afrika in de Namibische biergeschiedenis
- Thursday 14 November 2019
Pieter de la Court
2333 AK Leiden
This book launch will be held in Dutch.
Namibian beer is immensely popular in Namibia and beyond. The beer that is brewed by Namibia Breweries Limited has grown into the national beverage of the country and is thus deeply ingrained into the idea of an autonomous and inclusive Namibia, which has been an independent state since 1990. But for decades on end, the same brew from the same company was not available to the black population as a consequence of colonial politics.
The book Breweries, Politics and Identity: the History Behind Namibian Beer by Tycho van der Hoog aims to explain how a European style beer has been transformed from an icon of white settlers into the symbol of an independent Namibian nation. The book is based on Tycho's thesis for the Research Master African Studies. Tycho is now a PhD candidate at the African Studies Centre Leiden.
This book launch has been made possible with support from the Commission for South Africa of the Society of Dutch Literature (MdNL).