Technological transformations influence the field of African Studies both in its objects as well as in its forms of knowledge production and in the formulation of the problems we should study. In the Carl Schlettwein Lecture 2017, Mirjam de Bruijn reflects on two decades of research experience in West and Central Africa and discusses how, for her, the field has changed.
Rita Kesselring, Stefan Leins and Yvan Schulz, 2019
Based on research in Zambia, Switzerland and China, the interdisciplinary research project Valueworks examined the supply and value chain of one metal, copper, across three countries, Zambia, Switzerland and China.
Martin Lengwiler, Nigel Penn, Patrick Harries (eds.), 2019
Alexandra Hofmänner, 2018
An exploratory study conducted on behalf of the Swiss Science Council SSC that examines the positioning of Switzerland on the level of international S&T policies.
Luregn Lenggenhager shows that militarisation, violence and narratives of economic development and ecological research were characteristic of South African rule over the Caprivi Strip region in North-Eastern Namibia, especially in the fields of forestry, fisheries and, ultimately, wildlife conservation.
Closely documenting the livelihood strategies of members of various neighbourhoods in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Roth’s work calls into question established notions of “the African family” as a solidary network, documents changing marriage and kinship relations under the impact of a persistent economic crisis, and explores the increasingly precarious social status of young women and men.
Olivier Moreillon, Alan Muller, Lindy Stiebel (eds.), 2017
Noemi Steuer, Michelle Engeler, Elisio Macamo (eds.), 2017
This book is about how extreme situations appearing to have a destructive potential can actually be used to produce meaningful individual and social lives. It is about the “taming of fate”. This notion means and accounts for the ability of individuals and communities to rebuild their lives against all odds.
Maano Ramutsindela, Giorgio Miescher, Melanie Boehi (eds.), 2016
Lucy Koechlin, Till Förster (eds.), 2016
Paul Grendon, Giorgio Miescher, Lorena Rizzo, Tina Smith (eds.), 2015
The exhibition Photographs Beyond Ruins focuses on a central Namibian town, Usakos. The town’s history is linked to the development of the South African railway system in Namibia, which brought remarkable prosperity to Usakos in the 1940s and 1950s but which caused a major socio-economic decline in the early 1960s.