Graduate Network African Studies
Mission 21, Missionsstrasse 21, Basel
Graduate Workshop: Editing Primary Sources from Africa
Over a time-span of several decades Historian Paul Jenkins (former archivist of the Basel Mission and lecturer in African History at the University of Basel) and Social Anthropologist and Ghana specialist Michelle Gilbert (Trinity College Hartfort, CT) have engaged with the reports written by Revd Theophilus Opoku, assembled the complete corpus, transcribed the texts and, in an iterative process, edited them for publication. Clarifications and contextualisation are provided by their jointly-written introductions and footnotes. The publication consists of an introductory part and seven chapters containing the texts written during the various parish appointments Opoku had in the South-eastern Gold Coast. With a few months to go before the corpus goes to print, the editors invite graduate students to scrutinize the texts and put them to test.
- 20 March (afternoon): Induction to the project and theme
- 21- 22 March (all day): Discussion of the seven chapters and introductions
- 23 March (morning): Closing session
This interdisciplinary workshop is open to graduate students from a wide array of disciplines, especially History, Social Anthropology, Literature, Religious Studies and Theology.
Each participant will read the general introduction and will present one of the chapters to the workshop participants, opening the general discussion with graduate students, experts and editors. In addition, each participant will take minutes of one of the sessions for reporting to the closing session. The texts will be distributed on 15 February 2019
Please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 February 2019. Provide information on your subject area and the current state of studies. Participation is free of charge.
Faculty and experts
- Michelle Gilbert (anthropologist, Trinity College, Hartford CT)
- Andreas Heuser (theologian, University of Basel)
- Paul Jenkins (historian, Centre for African Studies Basel)
- Nana Opare Kwakye (theologian, University of Ghana, Legon)
- David Maxwell (historian, University of Cambridge)
- Adam Mohr (anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania)
- Emma Wild-Wood (theologian, University of Edinburgh)
Two ECTS credit points by learning contract (participantsUniversity of Basel)
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