The Centre for African Studies Basel ZASB coordinates Africa-related teaching and research at the University of Basel and its partner institutions. It is an acknowledged centre for interdisciplinary Africa-focused research and offers a Master's and a PhD in African Studies as well as a continuing education programme for professionals.
Study and further education programmes
An interdisciplinary focus on Africa
MA African Studies
Students acquire knowledge and skills to interact with Africa in an interdisciplinary and scientifically sound way. In addition, transdisciplinarity is promoted by integrating practical knowledge from outside the university and introducing students to applied researchfields.
Basel Graduate Network African Studies
The Graduate Network offers specialized doctoral programmes for PhD students across disciplines and faculties. The programme seeks to enhance the quality and relevance of both interdisciplinary and disciplinary Africa-related research.
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Ausstellung: Sichtweisen - Visionen einer MuseumspartnerschaftEthnologische Museen, Kooperation
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Exposition: Namibia-l'art d'une jeune génération
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Film: Filmtage Menschenrechte LuzernComundo
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Roundtable discussion: Life Along the Copper Value Chain: The Swiss Commodity Trading Hub and its Impact in the Global Southwith project leader Rita Kesselring (University of Basel)
Call: 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference - Theme: Lagos in the World and the World in Lagos
/ Continuing Education
Workshop: Student Support Services and Management (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 18-21 December 2018)
Call for study participation: What if we could reduce conflict by better understanding why conflict begins?
Call: Two Mellon - funded Post doctoral grants to black South Africans
Call: PhD grants in Anthropology, University of Cape Town
Alexandra Hofmänner, 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.
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.
The Centre for African Studies
How to find us:
The ZASB is very easy to reach by public transport. It takes about five minutes to reach the Centre from the tram/bus stops Schifflände (trams #6/8/11/14/16, buses #34/36) and Kunstmuseum (tram #1/2).