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Dr. Jack Boulton

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since November 2022: DFG Walter Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut für Ethnologie, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and Associate Researcher, University of Namibia
  • Since October 2022: Editor, African Diaspora (Brill)
  • Since December 2018: Editorial Assistant, African Diaspora (Brill) and Associate Researcher, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, KU Leuven
  • June 2018-August 2018: Research stay: Swakopmund, Namibia
  • October 2014-October 2016: Research stay: Swakopmund, Namibia
  • October 204-September 2018: FWO Doctoral Fellow (Social and Cultural Anthropology), KU Leuven


Regional Research Focus

  • Namibia: urban centres, particularly Swakopmund and Windhoek


Thematic Research Focus

  • Masculinities

  • Gender

  • Architectural Anthropology

  • Anthropology of Self and Selfhood

  • Ethnographic Writing. Literature, ‘Alternative’ Ethnographies

  • Anthropological Methods


Current Research Activities

  • Masculinities and architecture in contemporary urban Namibia (DFG Walter Benjamin Fellowship)


Important Publications



  • Boulton, Jack. 2021. Have your Yellowcake and Eat It: Men, Relatedness and Intimacy in Swakopmund, Namibia. Namibia Studies Series 23. Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien.



  • Boulton, Jack. 2022. ‘Specters of the Colony.’ Anthropology and Humanism [Early View]. DOI: 10.1111/anhu.12387


    Boulton, Jack. 2020. ‘Of Friends and Kollegen: Understanding Male Friendships in Swakopmund, Namibia.’ Anthropology Southern Africa 43 (3): 169-180. DOI: 10.1080/23323256.2020.1754130  


    Boulton, Jack. 2020. ‘‘Ongame Molwashoka Otse’: Reflections on Suicide from Swakopmund, Namibia.’ Medicine Anthropology Theory 7 (1): 176-187. DOI: 10.17157/mat.7.1.764


    Arnaut, Karel and Jack Boulton. 2020. ‘This Tiny Invader: Inversions and Connections across Multiple Worlds.’ African Diaspora, 12 (1): V-XII. DOI: 10.1163/18725465-01201003


    Squirewell, Stan and Jack Boulton. 2020. ‘Alternative Universes and Carbon Imaginaries.’ African Diaspora 12 (1): 143-152. DOI: 10.1163/18725465-bja10001


    Boulton, Jack. 2019. ‘'I Only Relax with my Friend and my Wife': Between Friends and Family in Swakopmund, Namibia.’ Etnofoor 31 (1): 85-98.


    Boulton, Jack. 2019. ‘To Beg, or to Pray: Makalani and the 'Zula Economy' in Swakopmund.’ Journal of Namibian Studies 25: 7-29.


    Boulton, Jack. 2017. ‘Experimental Intimacies: Young Men's Understandings of their Relationships with Women in Swakopmund.’ Journal of Namibian Studies 22: 25-44. article/view/824


Book Chapters

  • Boulton, Jack. 2023. ‘The Crocodile is Stronger in the Water: Swakopmund Jetty as a Place of Death in Namibia.’ In New Perspectives on Urban Deathscapes: Continuity, Change and Contestation, edited by Mariske Westendorp, Danielle House, Avril Maddrell. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

  • Boulton, Jack. 2021. ‘Uranium as Monster in Swakopmund.’ In Monstrous Ontologies: Politics Ethics Materiality, edited by Caterina Nirta and Andrea Pavoni. Wilmington: Vernon Press. Pp. 45-60.