Township tourism and the political spaces of Katutura

  • Laura Connoy; Suzan Ilcan


Contemporary postcolonial Namibia is experiencing an extension of the logic of camp biopolitics that stems from its colonial era. In this paper, the authors suggest that tourism is the conduit for this kind of development which takes on different contemporary forms in postcolonial configurations of biopolitics. In Namibia’s township of Katutura, the marginalised poor are subject to mechanisms of camp biopolitics that supplement Agamben’s conceptu­alisation of bare life. However, Agamben’s approach to biopolitics ahistoricises and depoliticises space in ways that obfuscate the presence of a political subject. The article first introduces a framework of colonialism, camp biopolitics, and tourism which is then followed by an analysis of the practice of township tourism, particularly in Katutura. The next section reveals Katutura as a political space made up of active subjects who engage in various contestations.
How to Cite
Suzan Ilcan, L. C. (2014). Township tourism and the political spaces of Katutura. Journal of Namibian Studies : History Politics Culture, 13, 33-54. Retrieved from