Basel Summer School in African Studies

The Basel Summer School in African Studies aims at stimulating and consolidating a new perspective on African Studies. It is organised by the Centre in Basel every second year alternating with the CASB-CODESRIA Summer School held on the continent. It is offered in the framework of the SUK-funded joint training module Methodological Challenges in Area Studies in cooperation with the University Research Priority Programme Asia and Europe, Zürich.

The focus of the Summer School is on African Studies as an instance of “area studies”. It addresses themes that are theoretically, conceptually and methodologically relevant to the pursuit of reflection on the intellectual challenge of Africa as an object of knowledge and its contribution to general scholarship. The goals of the Summer School can be broadly defined in the following manner:

  • The Summer School allows PhD students, under the guidance of senior scholars, to engage critically with new theoretical, conceptual and methodological developments in African Studies and make them relevant to their work.
  • The Summer School provokes PhD students to reflect on the potential relevance of knowledge on Africa to the task of improving our theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools both for the disciplines as well as for interdisciplinary work.
  • The Summer School fosters among PhD students a sense of belonging to a community of scholars in pursuit of knowledge and scholarship.
  • The Summer School encourages junior scholars to work towards carving a space for African Studies in the broader field of scholarship and in this way helping African Studies to place itself right at the centre of knowledge production. 

Upcoming Summer School

Basel Summer School in African Studies 2017:
African Studies and Africanists: Whence the Gaze?

Basel, 21-28 June 2017

The aim of the Basel Summer School in African Studies 2017 is two-fold: Thematically, it allows PhD students to engage with the question of how locality and positionality frame research in African Studies and in Area Studies more generally. From the point of view of academic skills, it enables PhD students to enhance their skills in presenting their work to a scientific audience. The Summer School seizes the opportunity to integrate the participation at the 7th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS), which takes place in Basel from 29 June to 1 July 2017.

Call document (PDF)

The call for applications is closed

Past Summer Schools

2nd CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa, Dakar, August 2016

Basel Summer School in African Studies 2015: Interdisciplinarity in Area Studies - Basic and Applied Research (report and programme as PDF)

1st CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa, Dakar, March 2015 (report as PDF)

Basel Summer School in African Studies 2013: Interdisciplinarity and Methodological Challenges in Area Studies (programme and report as PDF)


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