21.02.2017 | 19:00

Filip De Boeck: "Ways to rethink the urban archive: Cases from Congo"

The Belgian anthropologist Filip De Boeck (University of Leuven) will speak about some of the ideas underlying Suturing the City.

Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds (2016), a book Filip De Boeck made in collaboration with Congolese photographer Sammy Baloji, in an attempt to rethink the urban archive and constitute it in alternative ways. If the (Central African) urban landscape seems to refuse inhabitation and appears as a black hole that makes any clear assessment of it simply disappear in the force of its corrosive gravity, the authors explore various -textual and visual, or horizontal and vertical- ways to investigate the hole and illuminate its blackness.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time: 19:00

Venue: Hörsaal 101, eikones, Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9, Basel


University of Basel
Centre for African Studies
Rheinsprung 21
CH-4051 Basel
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