09 Jun 2023 - 10 Jun 2023
08:30  - 13:00

Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, 4051 Basel

Centre for African Studies and Basler Afrika Bibliographien

Öffentliche Veranstaltung, Kongress / Tagung / Symposium

Conference: "Revisiting Histories and Cultures of African Diasporas, Religion and Belief"

Symposium on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Hans Werner Debrunner

Hans W. Debrunner

The Centre for African Studies of the University of Basel and the Basler Afrika Bibliographien invite to a symposium on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the Swiss historian and theologian Hans Werner Debrunner (1923-1998).

Hans W. Debrunner published initially on spirituality and belief systems in Ghana as well as on Christian mission histories for both Ghana and Togo. Apart from numerous essays, his monographs Witchcraft in Ghana: as study on the belief in destructive witches and its effect on the Akan tribes (1959) and A history of Christianity in Ghana (1967) laid foundations for later scholarship. 

Debrunner’s voluminous book Presence and Prestige: Africans in Europe. A history of Africans in Europe before 1918 (1979) remains a classic in African Diaspora history studies. He also contributed to the history of Swiss colonial entanglements in Africa.

At the sympoisum scholars from North and South revisit themes and topics in Debrunner’s writings and assess some of the influences which his scholarship and also his research archives and library, housed at the BAB, generate(d).


Attendance is free of charge, please confirm your attendance via our online form. Deadline:  6 June 2023


Dag Henrichsen (BAB): dh@baslerafrika.ch

Ernest Sewordor (CASB): ernest.sewordor@clutterunibas.ch

Veit Arlt (CASB): veit.arlt@unibas.ch

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