Explorations in African History: Reading Patrick Harries

  • Language: English
  • 96 pages
  • Illustrations, tables
  • ISBN:
  • Print: 978-3-905758-62-7
  • PDF: 978-3-905758-70-2
Veit Arlt, Stephanie Bishop, Pascal Schmid (ed.)

Explorations in African History: Reading Patrick Harries


This collection of essays documents the growth of African history as a discipline at the University of Basel since 2001. It thus pays tribute to fourteen years of research and teaching by Patrick Harries at the Department of History and the Centre for African Studies Basel. The Festschrift covers a broad range of topics from mine labour to missionary endeavour and the production of knowledge, reflecting some of his core research interests. The contributions engage with Patrick Harries’ oeuvre with reference to the authors’ own scholarship or vice-versa. Some directly address his publications while others take his teaching, correspondence, remarks or intellectual life more broadly as a point of reference. They all pay tribute to a brilliant and inspiring scholar, a great teacher and a kind person.

Veit Arlt, Stephanie Bishop, and Pascal Schmid


Eric Morier-Genoud
The Making of a Transnational Historian:
Patrick Harries in Lausanne


Pascal Schmid
From Swiss Imperialism to Postcolonial Switzerland


Dag Henrichsen
Hildagonda Duckitt’s (and Patrick Harries’)
Contribution to Namibian History


Rita Kesselring
Cultural Reproduction and Memory: Past, Present and Future


Jürg Schneider
Photography and the Demise of Anthropology


Gregor Dobler
Staying for Gold or Joining the Rebellion?
South West African Migrant Workers on the Rand
During War and Genocide, 1904–1905


Cassandra Mark-Thiesen
From Mining Pit to Missionary Bungalow:
Trading Spaces in the Writing of Patrick Harries


Ulrike Sill
Of Wives, Slaves and Commerce, or:
The Price of Things


Paul Jenkins
Notes on the Basel Mission’s Production of Knowledge
in the Kannada Language in Nineteenth Century South India


Tanja Hammel
Of Birds and (Wo)Men


Patrick Grogan
German Natural History Collectors and the Appropriation
of Human Skulls and Skeletons in Early Nineteenth Century
Southern Africa: Towards a Discursive Analysis of Collecting


Melanie Eva Boehi
Who Cut Down Margaret Thatcher’s Tree?


Franziska Rüedi
‘Reluctant Bonds’: On the Role of Narrative
in Post-Apartheid South Africa


Veit Arlt
South African Jazz: The Basel Connection


Stephanie Bishop
The Game Plan for a Successful Career


Notes on Contributors

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