Namibian and Southern African Studies

Since 2016, Namibian and Southern African Studies has been a key area at the Centre for African Studies. This research area draws from the concept, developed in Basel, of a 'South African Empire', and understands the subcontinent from its margins - in this case, Namibia. The focus is on history and geography, thus an exploration of space and time in the past and present. Another focus is the study of different forms and practices of visuality, such as photography and cartography.


Teaching / Events

We offer a regular course programme in Namibian and Southern African Studies, consisting of thematic and interdisciplinary seminars and exercises, as well as the Namibian and Southern African Studies Research Colloquium. As part of this event, the annual Namibia Research Day is held, where young scientists from various disciplines present their ongoing research.

Cooperation / Partnerships

Central to the key area Namibian and Southern African Studies are close collaborations with partners in southern Africa and also within the University of Basel and other research institutions worldwide. In Basel, these include close ties with the Basler Afrika Bibliographien and the Department of Environmental Sciences. In Namibia, intensive collaborations have taken place with the Museums Association of Namibia and the University of Namibia (UNAM), in particular with the Department of Geography, History and Tourism, with whom an exchange agreement was concluded in 2017. Building on this, we will establish further forms of cooperation.


Eichab, Hans, Dag Henrichsen, Holger Stöcker, and Larissa Förster. 2021. “Colonial Grave Robbery, 1884”. The Namibian, February 26.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag. 2021. “Living With the Past of the Genocide”. The Namibian, February 19.   edoc
Lenggenhager, Luregn, and Maano Ramtsindela. 2021. “Property Killed a Peace Park Dream: The Entanglement of Property, Politics and Conservation Along the Gariep”. Land Use Policy 105. Elsevier: 105392. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105392.   edoc | Open Access
Henrichsen, Dag, and Astrid Starck-Adler, eds. 2021. Lewis Nkosi. The Black Psychiatrist & Flying Home. Fiction, Critical Perspectives and Homage. Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien.
Henrichsen, Dag. 2021. “Out of History. Artists, Landscapes and ’New Practises of Self’ in Southern Africa”. Art Africa 21: 84-101.
Henrichsen, Dag. 2020. “Imperial Imaginations and Local African History”. The Namibian, November 20.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag. 2020. “The African Travels of Hans Schinz, Biological Transfer and the Academisation and Popularisation of (African) Botany in Zurich”. In Science, Africa and Europe. Processing Information and Creating Knowledge, edited by Martin Lengwiler, Nigel Penn, and Patrick Harries, 86-100. Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society. New York: Routledge.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag. 2020. “Demands for Restitution - a Recent Phenomenon? Early Histories of Human Remains Violations in Namibia”. Contemporary Journal of African Studies 7 (1). University of Ghana: 38-46.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag, and Lisa Roulet. 2020. “Anneliese and Ernst Rudolf Scherz’s ’Ethnographic Object Collection’ from Namibia and Southern Africa”. BAB Working Paper 2020. Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien.   edoc
Prudat, Brice, Lena Bloemertz, Olivier Graefe, and Nikolaus J. Kuhn. 2020. “Soil Classification. Between Material Facts and Socio-Ecological Narratives”. In Towards Shared Research. Participatory and Integrative Approaches in Researching African Environments, edited by Tobias Haller and Claudia Zingerli, 25-43. Bielefeld: Transcript.
Henrichsen, Dag. 2019. “Namibia. A Historical and Contemporary Look at LGBTQ Issues”. In Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, edited by Howard Chiang, 1115-18. New York: Charles Scribern’s Sons.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag. 2019. “Nachruf - Sonja Speeter-Blaudszun (1960-2018)”. Anthropos : International Review of Anthropology and Linguistics 114 (2). Nomos: 563-64. doi:10.5771/0257-9774-2019-2-563.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag. 2018. “Bürger, Christiane: Deutsche Kolonialgeschichte(n)”. Neue Politische Literatur 63 (3). Peter Lang: 474-75.   edoc
Förster, Larissa, Dag Henrichsen, Holger Stöcker, and Hans Eichab. 2018. “Re-Individualising Human Remains from Namibia: Colonialism, Grave Robbery and Intellectual History”. Human Remains and Violence 4 (2). Manchester University Press: 45-66. doi:10.7227/HRV.4.2.4.   edoc
Bloemertz, Lena, Martha Naana, Vladimir Wingate, Simon Angombe, and Kuhn Nikolaus. 2018. “Ecosystem Services and Small-Holder Farming Practices - Between Payments, Development Support and Right- an Integrated Approach”. Working Paper. Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Integrated Land Management Institute (ILMI).   edoc
Lenggenhager, Luregn. 2018. Ruling Nature, Controlling People. Nature Conservation, Development and War in North-Eastern Namibia since the 1920s. Basel Namibia Studies Series 19. Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien.   edoc
Prudat, Brice, Lena Bloemertz, and Nikolaus J. Kuhn. 2018. “Local Soil Quality Assessment of North-Central Namibia: Integrating farmers’ and Technical Knowledge”. SOIL 4 (1). Copernicus Publications for European Geoscience Union: 47-62. doi:10.5194/soil-4-47-2018.   edoc | Open Access
Lenggenhager, Luregn. 2017. “„Sell It – to Protect it“”. Etü – HistorikerInnen-Zeitschrift, September 1.   edoc
Miescher, Giorgio, and Dag Henrichsen. 2017. “Namibian and Southern African Studies: A Case for an Intellectual Project”. Basler Afrika Bibliographien. BAB Working Papers. Basler Afrika Bibliographien.   edoc
Henrichsen, Dag, and Giorgio Miescher. 2017. “Namibian and Southern African Studies in Basel: Plädoyer für Ein Intellektuelles Projekt”. Regio Basiliensis. Basler Zeitschrift für Geographie 58 (3). Geographisch-Ethnologische Gesellschaft Basel: 159-65.   edoc