Event

27.03.2007 to 26.06.2007

Great Books on Africa - Africana in Basel

Lecture series

A long tradition of interaction with and research on Africa is reflected in the libraries of Basel where many of the great books on Africa can be found. These range from the works of early cartographers such as Sebastian Münster and of explorers' accounts such as those of  David Livingstone to the studies of African nationalists such as Jomo Kenyatta.

In thirteen lectures both international and local researchers present one such publication each, together with its social biography. The books will be on display and following the lecture visitors have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the presenter.

Venue:
Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Klosterberg 23
4051 Basel

Programme:
27.03.2007
Tarikhs and beyond: On Tarikh al-Sudan of al-Sa'di (c. 1655) and the writing communities of the middle Niger valley.
Prof. Dr. Shamil Jeppie, Cape Town (in English)

03.04.2007   
Olfert Dapper: Beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Gewesten (1668)
Prof. Dr. Adam Jones, Leipzig (in Deutsch)

10.04.2007    
Sebastian Münster: Cosmographiae universalis lib. VI, Africe (1545)
Prof. Dr. Marilia dos Santos Lopes, Lissabon (in Deutsch)

17.04.2007
Al-Hasan al-Wazzan alias Leo Africanus: Della descrittione dell' Africa et delle cose notabili che quivi sono (1550)
Prof. Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis, Toronto (in English)

24.04.2007
Peter Kolb: Vollständige Beschreibung des afrikanischen Vorgebürges (1719)
Prof. Dr. Nigel Penn, Cape Town (in English)

08.05.2007
Oloudah Equiano alias Gustavus Vassa: The interesting narrative of the life of Oloudah Equiano (1789)
Prof. Dr. Therese Steffen, Zürich und Basel (in Deutsch)

15.05.2007
Johann Ludwig Burckhardt alias Scheich Ibrahim: Travels in Nubia (1819)
Dr. Wolbert Smidt, Hamburg (in Deutsch)

22.05.2007
Thomas Edward Bowdich: Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee (1819)
Dr. Sonia Abun-Nasr (in Deutsch)

29.05.2007
David Livingstone: Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (1857)
Prof. Dr. Felix Driver, London (in English)

05.06.2007
Sigismund W. Koelle: Polyglotta Africana (1854)
Dr. Guy Thomas, Basel (in English)

12.06.2007
Henri-Alexandre Junod: The Life of a South African Tribe (1912/13)
Prof. Dr. Patrick Harries, Basel (in English)

19.06.2007
Samuel Johnson: The History of the Yorubas from the earliest times to the beginning of the British Protectorate (1921)
Prof. Dr. Robin Law, Stirling (in English)

26.06.2007
Jomo Kenyatta: Facing Mount Kenya. The tribal life of the Gikuyu (1938)
Prof. Dr. John Lonsdale, Cambridge (in English)


Contact

University of Basel
Centre for African Studies
Rheinsprung 21
CH-4051 Basel
Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 34 82
zasb-at-unibas.ch