Inge Brinkman

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence





Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands


Mailing Address

African Studies Centre
Leiden University
PO Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden
The Netherlands

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: +31 71 527 6609
fax: +31 71 5273344

Countries of Specialization

Kenya ; Angola.

Research Interests

Educational background:

* Ph.D. Degree. 14 February 1996: Rijksuniversiteit Leiden. Ph.D.
Thesis: 'Kikuyu gender norms and narratives'. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. W.J.J.
Schipper de Leeuw.
* M.A. in Afrikanistiek (African Studies). 31 August 1992.
Rijksuniversiteit Leiden.
* M.A. in History. 31 August 1989. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Research interests:

She currently is carrying out research into communication technologies and
social relations in Angola. She is engaged in studying the historical
relations between literacy/orality, elite-formation and the introduction
of the mobile phone in Northern Angola, and coordinating a case-study on
returnees, 'development' and new ICT in south-east Angola. These
case-studies form part of a larger programme, entitled 'Mobile Africa
Revisited, aimed at studying the relations between mobile telephony and
social hierarchies.


"A canção poltica, as religiões e o conceito de
'cultura popular'" in Journal: Kulonga, 2010.

In cooperation with Anne-Lotte Hoek
Bricks, Mortar and Capacity Building: A Socio-Cultural History of SNV
Netherlands Development Organisation. Leiden: Brill,
Afrika-Studiecentrum Series; vol. 18, 2010.

"Landscape and Nostalgia: Angolan refugees in Namibia remembering home and
forced removals" In: M. Bollig ; O. Bubenzer (eds.) African
Landscapes: Interdisciplinary approaches. Heidelberg: Springer, pp.
275-296, 2008.

"Writing, oral traditions and the construction of of ethnic identities"
In: W. Mhlig ; F. Seidel ; M. Seifert (eds.) Language Contact,
Language Change and History Based on Language Source in Africa.
Proceedings of the International Workshop at Kningswinter, March 28-30,
2007, Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 2008.

"Dreams and agency during Angola's war of independence" In: M.E. Bruijn ;
R.A. van Dijk ; J.B. Gewald (eds.) Strength beyond structure: social
and historical trajectories of agency in Africa. Leiden: Brill,
pp. 62-82, 2007.

"Mobility, immobility, marginality. Angolan civilians in wartime
(1961-2002)" In: J. Laband (ed.) Daily lives of civilians in wartime
Africa. From slavery days to the diamond wars. Westport: Greenwood

"Refugees on routes. Congo/Zaire and the war in Northern Angola
(1961-1974)" In: Canadian journal, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 205-234, 2006.

"Routes and the war for independence in northern Angola (1961-74)" In:
Canadian journal of African studies, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 205-234, 2006.

A war for people : civilians, mobility, and legitimacy in South-East
Angola during the MPLA's war for independence. Köln:
Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, History, cultural traditions and
innovations in Southern Africa 23, 2005.

"Language, names, and war: the case of Angola" In: African studies review,
vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 143-163, 2004.

"War and identity in Angola : two case-studies" ' In: Lusotopie,
pp. 195-221, 2003.

Editor. Singing in the bush. MPLA songs during the
war for independence in south-east Angola (1966-1975). (Rüdiger
Köppe Verlag: Cologne 2001).

Co-editor, with Axel Fleisch. Grandmother's Footsteps.
Oral tradition and south-east Angolan narratives on the colonial
encounter. (Rüdiger Köppe Verlag: Cologne 1999).

Kikuyu gender norms and narratives. (CNWS publications: Leiden,


literacy ; orality ; elite-formation ; technology