Loes Lijnders is a cultural anthropologist who has performed ethnographic fieldwork in different geographical locations and social contexts in South Sudan. She studied the diverse and contingent ways in which individuals negotiate and create a discursive and physical space to narrate personal stories.
Loes is a keen student of Juba Arabic and has lived, studied and worked in Juba since 2009. She has seen the city grow and transform in appearance and character and continues to be moved by the subtle and more overt changes and cultural dynamics of urbanisation.
Loes currently lectures at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Juba and leads the Institute of Applied Research of the Catholic University of South Sudan. She joined Juba in the Making in early 2015 and will bring an anthropological perspective into the project.
Juba in the Making tells the story of the development of Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. South Sudan became independent in 2011 after decades of war, but a new armed conflict started in 2013.