Research stay at the Centre for African Studies Basel

On a regular basis, the ZASB welcomes visiting scholars. In the frame of research and teaching projects, they stay in Basel for a few weeks up to one year and engage in the debates and activities at the Centre.

Current visiting scholars

emma liaga

Oumou Dilly Postdoc Fellow

Emmaculate Asige Liaga

Emma Liaga's research investigates the strategies of peacebuilding employed by both local and international organizations of peace operations in post-conflict communities. She joined ZASB in February 2019 as a visiting PhD student; since February 2020 she is a postdoc fellow.

Gaiutra Bahadur (March-May 2019)

Chrischené Julius (05.04.-05.05.2018)
Amal Adel Abdrabo (Sept 2017-Feb 2018/Feb-Jun 2019)
Jeremy Ball (01.07.2016-30.06.2017)
Monika Baumanova (14.09.2015-13.05.2017)
Melchisedek Chetima (15.09.2016-14.09.2017)
Nelson Zavale (09.09.2015-09.09.2016)
Nduduzo Makhathini (09.04.2016-02.05.2016)
Fred Hendricks (01.04.2015-30.06.2015)
Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye(01.09.2013-31.08.2014)
Adama Ousmanou (15.09.2014-14.09.2015)
Carlos Fernandes (15.09.2014-14.09.2015)
Diogo Valença de Azevedo Costa (01.03.2014-31.08.2014)
John Peffer (22.11.2013-11.12.2013)
Allison Goebel (01.02.2013-30.06.2013)
Marc Epprecht (01.02.2013-30.06.2013)
Vanessa Noble (10.10.2012-28.11.2012)
Marta Zorzal e Silva (03.10.2011-15.09.2012)
Marcus Wyatt (07.05.2012-07.06.2012)
Cherryl Walker, University of Stellenbosch (spring semester 2012)
Peter Lekgoathi University of the Witwatersrand (autumn semester 2011)
Nigel Penn, University of Cape Town (autumn semester 2011)
Leickness Simbayi, Human Science Research Council, Pretoria (spring semester 2009)
Noor Nieftagodien, PhD, University of the Witwatersrand (spring semester 2010)
Sheila Meintjes, University of the Witwatersrand (spring semester 2010 & autumn semester 2011)
Nick Shepherd University of Cape Town (spring semester 2009)
Martin Murray, Binghampton University, New York (winter semester 2007)
Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff, University of Chicago (summer semester 2005)
David Coplan, University of the Witwatersrand (summer semester 2005 and spring semester 2011)
Onookome Okome, University of Calabar (summer semester 2004)
Patrick Chabal, King's College London (summer semester 2003)

Apply for research association

Scholars interested in a research association for the time of their stay in Basel apply to the coordination office of the Centre using the form available in the download section of this page and submitting adequate documentation (research proposal, CV, credentials).


  • The acceptance of applications for Visiting Associateship is at the discretion of the Centre for African Studies Basel.
  • Visiting Associates are expected to cover all expenses incurred during their stay. That is, Visiting Associateships in general are self-funded.
  • The provision of a workspace (if requested) depends on availability.
  • Associates are expected to engage with researchers, faculty and students at the Centre for African Studies Basel, associated departments and institutions and to give at least one presentation in the framework of a research seminar or the like.
  • Associates are therefore advised to get in touch with colleagues in an appropriate academic department at the University of Basel or an institution affiliated to the Centre linked to their area of expertise. Scholarly interaction will be arranged mainly through the respective academic department or institution.
  • Visiting Associates are afforded internet and library access. Those associates who are provided a workspace with telephone and internet access are required to make a deposit.
  • Visiting Associates undertake all their own administration.
  • Upon departure the Visiting Associate submits a short report of one to three pages on his or her stay.