African History

Research Seminar Fall Semester 2020. Julia Tischler, Cassandra Mark-Thiesen

Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel, Wednesdays, 12:15-14:00, seminar room 2 / online

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 14:15-16:00 (tbc)

Andreas Eckert (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Arbeit und die Soziale Frage in Afrika


Thursday, October 15, 18:15-20:00, via ZOOM

Basel History Lecture 2020

Lynn Thomas (University of Washington, Seattle)

Skin Color and Race in African History: A Layered Approach

Please register online: (Deadline: October 13, 2020)


Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12:15-14:00, via ZOOM

Kundai Manamere (University of the Free State)

Voices on the Ground: Local Narratives of the Roll Back Malaria Programme in Southeastern Zimbabwe


Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 12:15-14:00

Sebastian de Pretto (Mission 21, Basel)

Glances into the Archives of the United Trading Company (Basel Missionary Society)


Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:15-14:00

The Research Seminar joins the Lecture Series of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)

Lisa Roulet (Basler Afrika Bibliographien)

Historical photography and so-called ethnographic objects in the archives: a case study from southern Africa

Venue: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23, Basel


Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 12:15-14:00

Thesis Presentations Day

David Rentsch (University of Basel)

Self-Testimonies by Swiss Administrators in the Congo Free State (1885-1908)


Kevin Ischi (University of Basel)

Die Schweiz und Ujamaa. Das Verhältnis der Schweiz zum sozialistischen Tansania, 1964-ca. 1975


Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:15-14:00, via ZOOM

Jules Skotnes Brown (University of St Andrews)

Rats, Race and Rubbish: Bubonic Plague in Port Elizabeth, 1938


Links and passcodes for Zoom events will be made available on ADAM. Contact: cassandra.mark(at)

Important: Depending on the Covid-19 hygiene and safety precautions valid at the time, place and format of the lecture can change at short notice. External guests are allowed to participate virtually only.