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Conference: Cultural Relations between Switzerland and South Africa, 1948-1994

Mai 3, 2023 @ 09:00 - Mai 5, 2023 @ 12:00

The relationship between Switzerland and South Africa has been the object of extensive research over the past two decades. However, the focus has until now been on the role that Swiss business and politics played as enablers for the apartheid state. A research project running from 2019 to 2023 at the Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), has aimed instead to shed light on cultural relations between the two countries from the beginnings of apartheid in 1948 through to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994.



To conclude this project, the Hochschule der Künste Bern will be holding a conference from Wednesday 3 May to Friday 5 May 2023 in Basel in Switzerland, hosted by the Basler Afrika Bibliographien in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies Basel and Africa Open Institute of the University of Stellenbosch, and funded by the SNSF.



Attendance is free; please register here.

Coffee/tea and a light lunch on Wed/Thu are free of charge.


On Friday 5 May, attendees may join the speakers for the closing lunch at the Restaurant Anatolia (cost to non-speakers ca. CHF 55.– per person).


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Mai 3, 2023 @ 09:00
Mai 5, 2023 @ 12:00


Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Zentrum für Afrikastudien, Universität Basel


Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Klosterberg 23
Basel, 4051 Switzerland
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