20 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024
14:15  - 14:30

Alte Universität Rheinsprung 9, Basel

Centre for African Studies in collaboration with Department of History and Basler Afrika Bibliographien

Congress / Conference / Symposium

6th Biennial AEGIS CRG African History Conference

The aim of the Collaborative Research Group African History is to organise Africanist historians in Europe, to enhance the visibility of African history within the larger field of African Studies and that of history in Europe, and to promote the development of African history as a discipline within the larger domain of humanities and social sciences.

We are pleased to invite you to the 6th Biennial AEGIS CRG African History Conference hosted in collaboration with the Department of History at the University of Basel and the Basler Afrika Bibliographien with support from the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel.

The conference is free of charge. The conference hosts will offer refreshments during the breaks and a dinner on 20 June. Participants are required to arrange and pay for their own travels and accommodation. We have made a preliminary reservation for a number of rooms at Hotel IBIS Budget, close to the train station Basel SBB. Rooms can be booked at a preferential rate via our registration form until 30 April 2024.

Those wishing to take part must register before 30 April 2024 via our online-form Please note that all confirmed participants (including roundtable conveners and organizers) are requested to register! Late registration is possible but we then cannot guarantee the availability of a hotel room.



(detailed roundtable descriptions see download)

Thursday 20 June

14:15        Welcome

14:30        Roundtable I: Betwixt and Between: On Being Classified as “Mulatto” / “Mixed Race” / Métis in West Africa, 16th20th C.

16:00        Coffee/tea break

16:15        Roundtable II:Tools of power – teaching about the past in Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan

17:45        Break

18:00        Exciting Lecture in African History: Invisibility, hyper-visibility, erasure, and elsewhereness: working with black women’s life-stories (Athambile Masola, Cape Town)

19:00        Drinks and dinner

Friday 21 June

09:00        Roundtable III: Archives, Languages and Pasts: foregrounding African knowledge productions and history practices

10:30        Coffee/tea break

11:00        CRG business meeting

12:00        Lunch

13:00        Roundtable IV: Agency as a problem in African history

14:30        Farewell coffee


16:00        Optional tour: Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) – Namibia Resource Centre & Southern Africa Library

17:30        Reception (Apéro) at BAB


Organizers:   Julia Tischler, Department of History, University of Basel

                     Dag Henrichsen, Basler Afrika Bibliographien

                     Veit Arlt, Centre for African Studies, University of Basel

Support:        Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel

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