Call for applications to the 3rd Basel Summer School in African Studies (21–28 June 2017): African Studies and Africanists: Whence the Gaze? – Deadline: 19 January 2017

The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) / University of Basel calls for applications for the Basel Summer School in African Studies 2017. The Summer School aims at stimulating and consolidating a new perspective on African Studies with a focus on African Studies as “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 on the one hand and its contribution to general scholarship, on the other.

The goals of the Summer School are the following:

  • Give PhD students the opportunity to engage critically with new theoretical, conceptual and methodological developments in African Studies and make them relevant to their work under the guidance of senior scholars.
  • Encourage PhD students to reflect on the potential relevance of knowledge on Africa to the task of improving our theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools both in the disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary work.
  • Foster among PhD students a sense of belonging to a community of scholars in pursuit of knowledge and scholarship.
  • Stimulate 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 claim a place right at the centre of knowledge production.

The Summer School is organised by the Centre in Basel every second year alternating with the CASBCODESRIA Summer School held on the continent.

The application for participation in the Summer School is tied to the submission of a paper to the ECAS 7. Only applicants who submit a paper to be presented at the ECAS will be considered for the Summer School.

Participants will be selected on the strength and merits of a five-page application in which they explain
(a) what they are working on, and
(b) how their work relates to the topic of the Summer School.

In addition, applications should include a CV of the applicant and be supported by two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be submitted via the online application form:

The deadline for application is 19 January 2017.


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