Asnath Kambunga

Areas of Research

Work Package 2 “Connections built by people and groups”
PhD Project 6


Future memory making: Prototyping (post-)colonial imaginations with Namibian youth (working title)


The project will prototype with young people from Namibia representations of alternative colonial narratives and imaginations. It will engage the youths in exploring and prototyping possible ‘future memories’ for creating agency in the present: technologically empowered through engagement with digital and visual media; and situated in alter- native (digital) worlds in which their voices become an active part of the collective consciousness and commemoration. In the context of design anthropology, participatory design and emerging technologies the project will develop methodologies and concepts for how marginalized communities can be actively co-created and reworked into new ways of making futures.



Academic Qualifications

Oct 2018
PhD Candidate at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark

Master of Informatics, Namibia University of Science and Technology Namibia (former Polytechnic of Namibia)

Honours in computer Science (Communications Networks)

Internet Super User Certificate, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (Systems Administration and Networks), Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

National Diploma in Information Technology, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

Work Experience

Oct 2015-Sep 2018
Information Communication and Technology Projects CoordinatorUniversity of Namibia

Feb 2013-Sep 2015
RLabs Namibia Coordinator, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NBII)

Oct 2011-Jul 2012
Information Technology intern, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NBII)

Research Interests

  • Working with the youth
  • Participatory Design
  • Human computer interaction
  • ICT4D


Kambunga, A. P./ Smith, R. C,./ Winschiers-Theophilus, H./ Krishnamurthy, S. (2020). Decolonizing Participatory Design: Memory Making in Namibia. In: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 – Participation(s) Otherwise. Manizales, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 96-106.

Kambunga, A. P./ Smith, R. C./ Winschiers-Theophilus, H./ Loi, D./ Samuel, M. M./ de Paula, R. (2020). Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise. In: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 – Participation(s) Otherwise. Manizales, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 206-209.

Kambunga, A. P./Winschiers-Theophilus, H./ Smith, R. C./ Wandai, P./ Antonio, H./ Shalumbu, B./ Muronga, D./ Kaulbach, P./ Virmasalov, V. (2020). Challenging authorities: a postcolonial interactive exhibition co-designed by Namibian born-frees. In: Israel, H. J./ Kassung, C./ Sieck, J. (Ed.): Kultur und Informatik. Extended Reality (= Culture and Computer Science – Extended Reality. XVIII. International Conference on Culture and Computer Science 2020). vwh: Berlin 2020, pp. 215-229.

Kambunga, A. P./ Winschiers-Theophilus, H./ Smith, R. C. (2020). Participatory Memory Making: Creating Postcolonial Dialogic Engagements with Namibian Youth. In: Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2020 (DIS ’20. Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2020), Eindhoven.

Kambunga, A. P./ Winschiers-Theophilus, H./ Goagoses, N.: Re-Conceptualizing Technology Adoption in Informal Settlements based on a Namibian application (2018). In: 2nd African Conference for Human Computer Interaction Proceedings. December 3–7, 2018, Windhoek, Namibia. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 10 pages. 

Kambunga, A. P./ N.  Goagoses/ H. Winschiers-Theophilus (2018). Enhancing commitment to participatory design initiatives ’18: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference -Volume 2, August 20-24, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium, 5 pages.

Kambunga, A. P., & Winschiers-Theophilus, H. (2017): HCI Across Borders, May 2017, Retrieved from papers_2017:

Recent Conferences and Workshop Presentations

Kambunga A. P.: “Inclusive heritage through digital participation?” at the digital 5th Biennial Conference ACHS 2020 FUTURES of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), 26-30. Aug. 2020.

Kambunga A. P/Smith, R. C./ Winschiers-Theophilius H.: “Decolonizing Participatory Design: Memory making in Namibia” at the “Participatory Design Conference PDC 2020”, 15-19. June 2020.

Kambunga A. P.: “Co-creating Futures with Namibian youth” at the Pivot Conference 2020 “Designing a World of many Centres – Towards the Pluriverse Conference”, 4. June 2020.

Kambunga A. P.: Opening Conference POEM (Horizon 2020). Hamburg, 13-14. Dec. 2018.

Kambunga A. P, Goagoses N. (2018). ‘Enhancing commitment to participatory design initiatives’ [PowerPoint presentation]. Participatory Design Conference. Hasselt, Belgium

Kambunga A. P (2017). ‘Digital Service Adoption Model for the Youths Living in the Informal Settlements’ [Poster Presentation]. HCI Across Borders, CHI Conference 2017. Denver, USA.


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Coordination and Project Management

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859.