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A Year in a Namibian Village 

Time: 26 April | 6.15 - 7.15pm

Location: Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS


Helen spent a year living in an Owambo homestead in the remote North of Namibia. There, she conducted anthropological and biblical research into the relationship between African Traditional Religion and Christianity. An inexperienced fieldwork researcher at the outset, Helen encountered many highs and lows and, despite her best efforts, was challenged by the circumstances on numerous occasions. Helen was welcomed into a wonderful host family and community.


In this talk, Helen will tell tales from the  year, illustrating the unpredictable and challenging nature of fieldwork, as well as what she has learned for her next expedition.


Helen John

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter


Helen studied for her undergraduate degree in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Manchester. After teaching in UK secondary schools for a decade, she decided to cross over into academic research and undertook an MA and PhD at Exeter. She is an interdisciplinary researcher, specialising in the encounter between traditional worldviews and Christianity in Southern Africa. She has been visiting Owambo communities in Northern Namibia for 20 years.


Helen in the Field Host Family Sunset at the Homestead

This talk is now available as a podcast here!