Publications

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
Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain (Working Paper)
 
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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
Science, Africa and Europe. Processing Information and Creating Knowledge

This book poses questions about the changing role of European science and expert knowledge from early colonial times to post-colonial times. How did science shape understanding of Africa in Europe and how was scientific knowledge shaped, adapted and redefined in African contexts?


Exploratory Study 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.

Lenggenhager 2018

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
Cities in Flux: Metropolitan Spaces in South African Literary and Visual Texts

The essays in this volume all circle around questions of urbanisation in (post-)apartheid South Africa and its effects on the country's socio-political realities as well as its representation in, and effect on, the country's literary and artistic production.

Noemi Steuer, Michelle Engeler, Elisio Macamo (eds.), 2017
Dealing with Elusive Futures. University Graduates in Urban Africa

The contributors to this volume study young university graduates Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania. They provide a vivid picture of the young men's and women's strategies to socially grow older by doing adulthood in contexts of great uncertainty.

Das vorliegende Heft widmet sich der Zusammenarbeit der Universität Basel mit Forschern, Universitäten und Ländern in Afrika. Im Vordergrund steht der kooperative Ansatz.


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
The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa

This book brings together recent and ongoing empirical studies to examine two relational kinds of politics, namely, the politics of nature, i.e. how nature conservation projects are sites on which power relations play out, and the politics of the scientific study of nature.

Bodies of Truth offers an intimate account of how apartheid victims deal with the long-term effects of violence, focusing on the intertwined themes of embodiment, injury, victimhood, and memory.


This book seeks to contribute to a non-normative conceptualization of the emergence and transformation of government arrangements, and addresses the under-theorization of actors and agency in conventional governance theories.

Paul Grendon, Giorgio Miescher, Lorena Rizzo, Tina Smith (eds.), 2015
Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins. The Old Location Albums 1920s–1960s

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.

Veit Arlt, Stephanie Bishop, Pascal Schmid (eds.), 2015
Explorations in African History: Reading Patrick Harries

This collection of essays documents the growth of African history as a discipline at the University of Basel since 2001. It thus pays tribute to fourteen years of research and teaching by Patrick Harries at the Department of History and the Centre for African Studies Basel.