Publications

The pages of the key areas of activities provide an overview of recent publications. More comprehenisve lists of publications by our members are avaialable via the research database and the edoc repository of the University of Basel and, respectively, the websites of the partner institutions. 


Latest publications

Cover of the Book The Reports of Theophilus Opoku

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Publication: The Reports of Theophilus Opoku: A 19th-Century Gold Coast Pastor

Over 50 years Michelle Gilbert and Paul Jenkins have engaged with the reports of Revd Theophilus Opoku - a prolific writer and careful observer in the kingdom of Akuapem. This volume published in the Fontes Historiae Africanae series of the…
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Publication: "CEWARN’s Strategy Framework and Civil Society Partnership: Lessons for early-warning and response systems"

The mandate of the Conflict Early Warning and Response Network (CEWARN) is to detect and respond timeously to the potential escalation of violent conflicts in the member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in…
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/ Research, Doctorate/PhD

Publication: "Spiritual and religious aspects influence mental health and viral load: a quantitative study among young people living with HIV in Zimbabwe"

This paper co-authored by Ursula Wüthrich-Grossenbacher and Sonja Merten examines the influence of religion and spirituality on the health outcomes of young people living with HIV in Zimbabwe. It finds that religious coping significantly…
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Publication: "'I could not bear it': Perceptions of chronic pain among Somali pastoralists in Ethiopia. A qualitative study"

Jakob Zinsstag and Peter van Eeuwijk are co-authors of an article in the journal PLoS ONE which explores perceptions and notions of chronic pain among Somali pastoralists in Ethiopia.
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Publication: "Researching Homosexuality in Difficult Contexts"

In her article in the journal Sexes, Frida Lyonga explores the challenges of conducting empirical research on homosexuality in Africa via an autoethnographic account of her experiences as a researcher investigating attitudes towards…
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/ Research, Doctorate/PhD

Publication: "Embodied Climate Knowledge in African Cli-Fi: Alistair Mackay's 'It Doesn't Have to Be This Way' (2022) and Nnedi Okorafor's 'Noor' (2021)"

In her article in the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Sindi-Leigh McBride examines how embodied knowledge depicted in climate fiction novels by African authors offers insights into marginalized…
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Publication: "Opportunities and challenges for decentralised clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa: a qualitative study"

This article in the BMJ Open Journal, co-authored by ZASB members Piet van Eeuwijk and Jürg Utzinger, assesses the opportunities and challenges of a digital transformation in clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa from different…
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Publication: "Architecture as Technical Governance at the African Union"

Funded, designed, and built by Chinese agencies, the African Union Conference Center and Office Complex (AUCC) in Addis Ababa sits at the center of a shifting set of international relations. This article co-authored by Kenny Cupers analyzes…
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Publication: "It is difficult for us to treat their pain". Health professionals' perceptions of Somali pastoralists in the context of pain management: a conceptual model"

Peter van Eeuwijk and Jakob Zinsstag are co-authors of an article which seeks to understand health professionals’ perceptions of Somali pastoralists in the context of pain management in Eastern Ethiopia.
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Publication: "Waiting Out the Rush: On the Durability of Wealth in Kenya’s Coastal Sex Economies"

In this book chapter, George Paul Meiu examines what waiting practices reveal about the production of value in Mtwapa, a coastal town known as Kenya’s “Sin City”, that has witnessed a rush of investments, commodification, and people. He…
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Publication: "De Aar: Lines of Architecture in the Making of a South African Town (1902–1977)"

Giorgio Miescher reconstructs in this book the history of a former railway town, known as an early example of modern urban planning, located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
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Publication: "The Lower !Garib – Orange River Pasts and Presents of a Southern African Border Region"

Giorgio Miescher and Luregn Lenggenhager are co-editors of a volume that examines the social history, geography, and economy of a hardly researched border region between Namibia and South Africa. The publication results from the Swiss South…
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Publication: " Development trajectories of mediation support structures in the AU, ECOWAS, IGAD and SADC"

This article by Michael Aeby and Jamie Pring examines the capabilities, utilisation and sustainability of the mediation support structures (MSS) in the framework of the the African Peace and Security Architecture.
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/ Research, Info

Publication: "Material Culture in Transit. Theory and Practice"

Zainabu Jallo is the editor of the first in the Book Series, Routledge Studies in Anthropology and Museums. The collection of essays critically addresses the multivalent ways in which mobility reshapes the characteristics of artefacts,…
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/ Research, Doctorate/PhD

Publication: "Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives"

In their edited volume of short stories, artworks, poems, essays by 22 contributors Sindi-Leigh McBride and Julia Rensing engage with the tragic destruction of the African Studies Library at the University of Cape Town, which occured in…
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Publication: "Marcel Tanner, Parasitologist Extraordinaire"

Articles in this special issue of the journal Diseases, edited by Lukas Meier and Robert Bergquist, honor Marcel Tanner, Director emeritus of the Swiss TPH and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel.…
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Publication: "'A Vision For the Future': Professional Ethos as Boundary Work in Mozambique’s Public Sector"

In this article, Jon Schubert looks at ideals of professionalism amongst public functionaries in Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, and how these resonate across three distinct temporalities (colonial, socialist,…
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/ Research, Doctorate/PhD

Publication: "The Ascension of the Astro-Goth – Yugen Blakrok’s Otherworldly Hip-Hop Poetics"

In his article, Pius Vögele explores the work of South African hip-hop artist Yugen Blakrok from an Afrofuturist perspective and, drawing on Rammellzee’s concept of Gothic Futurism, designates her unique approach as Astro-Gothic Futurism.
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Publication: "Industrial mining and HIV risk: evidence from 39 mine openings across 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa"

In this study, researchers of the Swiss TPH assess the impact of natural resource extraction projects on HIV transmission risks in local communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The findings suggest that in the sample of households surrounding…
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Publication: "The Paradox of Disturbance: Africa and COVID-19"

In this book contribution, Elísio Macamo argues that the social transformation of the virus into a pandemic imposed a definition of the situation at odds with the real actual significance of the problem in Africa.
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Publication: "Voces de una comunidad africana poco visible: los guineoecuatorianos en Madrid"

In her book, Sandra Schlumpf provides a linguistic and anthropological perspective on the Equatorial Guinean community in Madrid. In addition to a historical and contemporary overview, the book is about various themes that proved central…
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/ Research, Studies

Publication: "Autoethnographic Explorations: Privileged Access to the Social or Idiosyncratic Journalism?"

The latest issue of the Basel Papers on Political Transformations, edited by Till Förster, collects autoethnographic reports written by students of a research seminar held at the Chair of Anthropology in Basel in 2021. They address distinct…
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/ Research, Doctorate/PhD

Publication: "Care of Older Persons in Eastern Africa: A Scoping Review of Ethical Issues"

Kirubel Mussie is the lead author of this review article that explores existing evidence addressing the various ethical issues in connection with elder care in the region of Eastern Africa.
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Publication: "Informal networks as investment: A qualitative analysis from Uganda and Tanzania"

In their paper, Claudia Baez-Camargo, Jacopo Costa and Lucy Koechlin examine the relations between informal networks and public governance in Tanzania and Uganda. They apply narrative analysis to explore the experiences of citizens,…
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Publication: "Unpacking race and ethnicity in African genomics research"

In genomics, both the denomination ‘African’ as well at the ethnic groups living in Africa have been treated as true biological identities. Yet, similar to race, these population groupings too are social constructs. In their comment,…
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Publication: "Disrupted dreams of development: neoliberal efficiency and crisis in Angola"

Based on fieldwork around the recently modernized transport hub of Lobito, Jon Schubert examines how the moralizing language of neoliberalism – talk of efficiency, responsibility, and the proverbial tightening of the belt – has been…
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Publication: "Knowing Women. Same-Sex Intimacy, Gender, and Identity in Postcolonial Ghana"

Serena Dankwa's book describes the friendships and relationships of working class women in southern Ghana. Her work is based on in-depth research, storytelling and an intersectional analysis of the life stories of Ghanaian women. She gives…
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Publication: "Bodily ethnography: Some epistemological challenges of participation"

In this article, Till Förster explores the role of bodily interactions in ethnographic fieldwork and the related epistemological problems.
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Publication: Defining clinical trial quality from the perspective of resource-limited settings

This study co-authored by Peter van Eeuwijk suggests that clinical trial quality should be defined by a multidimensional concept that includes not only scientific and ethical, but also quality-promoting factors. From the perspective of…
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Publication: “‘The Only Industry That Can Make Us Hold Our Own’: Black Agrarianism in South Africa from a Transatlantic Perspective, ca. 1910–1930”

In her article, Julia Tischler investigates agricultural education initiatives in early twentieth-century Ciskei and Transkei as vernacular expressions of transatlantic Black agrarianism. The article seeks to expand the historiography of…