Veit Arlt, coordinator

Veit Arlt coordinates the Centre for African Studies and since 2009 also the Centre of Competence on Africa. He is also involved in event management and organises concerts and workshops with African Music linked to teaching and research activities at the Centre for African Studies see www.africanmusic.unibas.ch.

He worked with various institutions dealing with Africa and located in Basel: the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (1995-1996), the Basel Mission Archives (1997-1998 assistant of Paul Jenkins, then lecturer in African History) and the chair of African History (2004, 2006-2007 assistant of Prof Patrick Harries).

Veit Arlt studied History and Geography at the University of Basel and graduated in 1995 with a Lizentiatsarbeit (MA-thesis) on the history of Krobo (southeastern Ghana). This led to a doctoral thesis with the title Christianity, Imperialism and Culture. The Expansion of the two Krobo States, c.1830-1930.

Fields of specialisation in research and/or teaching

  • West- and South Africa
  • Social History, 19th and 20th century
  • Popular culture and especially music
  • Historical photography

Research projects

  • Christianity, Imperialism and Culture. The Expansion of the two Krobo states, c.1830 – 1930. PhD thesis completed April 2005.
  • "Art is better politics than politics." Jazz in the writings of Walter M.B. Nhlapo, South Africa 1930s-1950s.
  • Nigerian Popular Music 1954-1957. Release of historical recordings of popular music recorded by the Basel Union Trade Company on audio compact disc.

Publications & various contributions

 

Arlt, Veit: Christliche Rythmen. In: Museum der Kulturen Basel (ed(s).). Mission possible?: Die Sammlung der Basler Mission - Spiegel kultureller Begegnungen. Christoph Merian Verlag. Basel 2015. p S. 114-118.
Arlt, Veit: Missionar Johannes Zimmermann. In: Museum der Kulturen Basel (ed(s).). Mission possible? : Die Sammlung der Basler Mission - Spiegel kultureller Begegnungen. Christoph Merian Verlag. Basel 2015. p S. 125-126.
Arlt, Veit: South African Jazz: the Basel connection. In: Arlt Veit; Bishop, Stephanie; Schmid, Pascal (ed(s).). Explorations in African History: reading Patrick Harries. Basler Afrika Bibliographien. Basel 2015. p 79-85.
Arlt, Veit: Christianity, Imperialism and Culture. The Expansion of the two Krobo States, c.1830-1930. (Dissertation, Historisches Seminar Basel). Online: http://www.unibas.ch/diss/2005/DissB_7185.htm, Basel 2005.


Edited volumes
Arlt, Veit ; Bishop, Stephanie; Schmid Pascal (eds): Explorations in African History: Reading Patrick Harries. . Basler Afrika Bibliographien. Basel 2015.
Obrist, Brigit; Arlt, Veit; Macamo, Elisio (eds): Living the city in Africa : processes of invention and intervention.  LIT Verlag. Zürich 2013.
Arlt, Veit; Giustizieri, Christine (eds): Robin Law: The Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade upon Africa, Zürich; Münster 2008 (=Carl Schlettwein Lectures 3).
Arlt, Veit (ed): Jean and John Comaroff: An Excursion into the Criminal Anthropology of the New South Africa, Berlin; Münster 2006 (=Carl Schlettwein Lectures 1).
Albrecht, Michael; Arlt, Veit; Müller, Barbara; Schneider, Jürg (eds): Getting Pictures Right. Context and Interpretation, Köln 2004 (=Topics in African Studies 3).

Articles in journals
Arlt, Veit: A Rich but Difficult Archive. Newsletter / Société suisse d'études africaines 2015, H. 1: p 50-51.
Arlt, Veit: Nachruf: Hugo Huber, SVD (1919–2014). Newsletter. Newsletter der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Afrikastudien, 2014, 2, 6-8. SSEA.
Haney, Erin; Schneider, Jürg: Beyond the “African” Archive Paradigm. Visual anthropology, 2014, 27: p 307-315.
Arlt, Veit: Jazz und Goema aus Südafrika. Newsletter de la SSEA / SGAS Newsletter, 2011 06-01, p 36.
Arlt, Veit: Gareth Austin wechselt von der LSE an das IHEID. Newsletter de la SSEA / SGAS Newsletter, 2011 12-01, p 22.
Arlt, Veit: Vom «Tanz der Christen» zum Gospel Boom. Christentum und populäre Musik in Ghana im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, in: Interkulturelle Theologie 35, 2009, No. 1-2, pp. 98-110.
Arlt, Veit: Stärkung der Afrikastudien in Basel, in: Newsletter de la SSEA / SGAS Newsletter , 2008, No. 1.
Arlt, Veit: The UTC and its Recordings. An Unintentional Documentation of West African Popular Music, 1931-1957, in: History in Africa. A Journal of Method 31, 2004, pp. 393-405.
Arlt, Veit (ed): Special Section on Historical Recordings of African Popular Music as a Source for the Study of African History and Cultures, in: History in Africa. A Journal of Method 31, 2004, pp. 389-461.
Arlt, Veit: Aus dem Vermächtnis der Union Trading Company. Westafrikanische Popmusik in Basel. In: Basler Stadtbuch 2002, in: Basler Stadtbuch 2002 , 2003, pp. 40-44.
Arlt, Veit: Tradition as a Resource. Changing Forms of Political Legitimacy in the Krobo States (Southeastern Ghana), in: BAB Working Papers 3, 2002.
Arlt, Veit: Photographs by Gordon Guggisberg and E.A. Kitson at the National Archives of Ghana, Accra, in: Ghana Studies Council Newsletter, 2000, H. 13, S. 11-15.
Arlt, Veit: Entwicklungshilfe versus Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Verhindert Eurozentrismus eine nachhaltige Entwicklung?, in: Regio Basiliensis. Basler Zeitschrift für Geographie 34, 1993, No. 3, pp. 203-208.

Articles in edited volumes
Arlt, Veit: Photography, European Emblems and Statecraft in Manya Krobo (Ghana), about 1800-1939, in: Quarcoopome, Nii (ed): Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present. Detroit Institute of Arts, forthcoming, pp. 59-70.
Arlt, Veit: Der Tanz der Christen: Zu den Anfängen der populären Musik an der Goldküste, ca. 1860-1930, in:  Denzel, Markus A.; Gründer, Horst; Koschorke, Klaus (eds):  Jahrbuch für europäische Überseegeschichte, Wiesbaden 2004, pp. 151-190.
Arlt, Veit: Making Scholars. The Bana Hill Senior Boys' Boarding School, in:  Roost-Vischer, Lilo; Schneider, Jürg (eds):  Werkschau Afrikastudien. Le forum suisse des africanistes, Münster 2004 (= Schweizerische Afrikastudien. Etudes africaines suisses 4), pp. 285-307.
Arlt, Veit: "Come back when the new paramount chief is enstooled, then we will tell you the real story!", in:  Hammer, Thomas; Mayor, Anne; Roost-Vischer, Lilo (eds):  Werkschau Afrikastudien. Le forum suisse des africanistes, Münster 1997 (= Afrikanische Studien 11), pp. 128-137.
Arlt, Veit: Immigration von KapverdierInnen nach Basel - Ablauf und Probleme der Migration, in:  Simko, Dusan (ed):  Kapverdische Immigration in Basel, Basel 1991 (= Basler Feldbuch 9), pp. 37-42.

Reviews
Arlt, Veit: Tagungsbericht: Ten Years of Hip Hop and Jazz (Basel, 11.-13.09.2008), in: Newsletter de la SSEA / SGAS Newsletter , 2008, No. 2, pp. 18-20.
Arlt, Veit: Changing Constructions of Masculinity in Ghana. Review of Stephan Miescher. Making Men in Ghana. Bloomington 2005., in: Journal of African History 48, 2007, No. 1, pp. 159-161.
Arlt, Veit; Chudozilov, Jan: 'If it’s got got the funk, it’s in the box'. Afro Funk und Fusion für die Clubszene, in: Afrika Bulletin , 2003, No. 112, p. 15.

Daily press
DRS2 Jazz Collection on Hugh Masekela, 28.04.2009.
Arlt, Veit: Afrika verstehen, in: Alpha Kadermarkt 23.08.2008.
Arlt, Veit: Kreole Chortraditionen am Kap der guten Hoffnung, in: Schweizerische Musikzeitung 2006, p. 28 (March 2006).
Arlt, Veit: Vom Indischen Ozean bis hin zum Atlantik. Stimmen Festival (II): Afrikanische Nacht im Rosenfelspark, in: Basler Zeitung 28.07.2003.
Arlt, Veit: Unverfälschte Bluesroots aus Mali. Boubacar Traoré und Madieyé Niang im Kino Royal, in: Basler Zeitung 18.05.2003.
Arlt, Veit: Der afrikanische Kontinent beginnt im Kleinbasel. Die Sängerin Virginia Mukwesha im Basler Sudhaus Warteck, in: Basler Zeitung 26.05.2003.
Arlt, Veit: Im Buschtaxi vom Gundeli nach Timbuktu. Habib Koité und Bamada im Gundeldinger Casino, in: Basler Zeitung 11.04.2003.
Arlt, Veit; Dankwa, Serena: Eine musikalische Reise nach Ghana, in: Schweizer Radio DRS II 10.05.2002 (World Music Feature).
Arlt, Veit: Palmwein und Popmusik, in: Basler Magazin 16.03.2002.
Arlt, Veit: Highlife in Basel – das musikalische Vermächtnis der Union Trading Company, in: Afrika Bulletin 2001 (No. 103).

Internet publications
Arlt, Veit: Ein Leopard im Archiv der Basler Mission. Vom Kontakt mit Afrikanischer Geschichte., 1997 .

Papers presented
Arlt, Veit: Vom "Tanz der Christen" zum Gospel Boom. Christentum und populäre Musik in Ghana im 19. und 20. Jh. (paper presented at the Annual conference of the German Society for Missiology "Töne die das Wort beflügeln. Mission - Musik - Transkulturation", Wuppertal 2-4.10.2008, 2008.
Arlt, Veit: 'A pure scholar and only in part of importance to the mission'. Johannes Zimmermann and the Basel Mission in Krobo, Eastern Ghana 1851-1872 (paper presented at the conference Missionaries and Secular Knowledge, Basel 30 November and 1 Dezember 2007), 2007.
Arlt, Veit: A Seaboy's Tale: The Travels of Gabriel Tetteh Sikapa 1874-1958 (Paper presented at the ECAS conference, Leiden 11.-14.07.2007), 2007.
Arlt, Veit: Missionaries, Photography and Statecraft. The visualization of shifting liaisons in the Manya Krobo State, South-Eastern Ghana 1870s to 1940s (paper presented at the conference “Christian Missions in 19th and 20th Century Southern Africa and in Comparative Perspective”, Grahamstown 9.-11.07.2007 and at the ECAS conference, Leiden 11.-14.07.2007), 2007.
Arlt, Veit: Remembering Mission. Church History as a Resource in Manya Krobo, Ghana. (paper prsented to the ECAS conference, London 29 June - 2 July 2005), 2005.
Arlt, Veit: A Seaboy’s Tale: the Congo Free State Experiences in the Autobiography of Gabriel Sikapa (1874 – 1958) (paper presented at the graduate course The Black Atlantic, Zürich and Basel  20. - 24. January 2003), 2003.
Arlt, Veit: „The Scholars’ Dance”. Popular Culture and the Appropriation of Christianity on the South-eastern Gold Coast, c.1890 – 1918 (paper presented to the conference Performing Culture. The Politics and Aesthetics of Cultural Expression in Contemporary Ghana, Amsterdam 13-14 Juni 2002), 2002.
Arlt, Veit: Diplomacy and Power Politics in Mid-Nineteenth Century Krobo. Krobo Chieftaincy and Politics Seen through the Early Reports by Basel Missionaries (paper presented at a research seminar of the Department of History of the University of Ghana Legon), 1996.
Arlt, Veit: Die Basler Missionare und Krobo zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Etablierung weltlicher Herrscher in Krobo im Lichte der frühen Berichte aus dem Archiv der Basler Mission. Basel: MA-thesis, Department of History of the University of Basel, 1995.

Audio:
2009: Hilton Schilder. The Iconoclast live at the bird's eye. Compact Disc. Basel: African Music Productions.
2001: together with Serena Dankwa: Ghana Popular Music 1931-1957. From Palm Wine Music to Dance Band Highlife. Compact Disc. Paris: Disques Arion.

Memberships in learned societies

 

 

Contact

Veit Arlt, Dr phil
Centre for African Studies
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CH-4051 Basel
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Tel. ++41 (0)61 207 34 86
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E-Mail: Veit.Arlt-at-unibas.ch
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