Photo impression ECAS 2017 in Basel

The 7th European Conference on African Studies that took place in Basel from 28 June until 2 July 2017 was a huge success with more than 200 panels and up to1600 attendants. This year's theme was Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New Encounters of the Rural and the Urban. The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies did a great job organizing the conference on behalf of the Research Network of African Studies Centres in Europe AEGISMany ASCL researchers organized a panel, presented a paper or launched a new book.

Mirjam de Bruijn gave a keynote lecture on 28 June on Digitalisation and the Field of African Studies. Watch the lecture:

Take a look at the photo impression below! (Click on a photo for enlargement). More keynotes can be found on the ECAS youtube channel.

  • Carl Schlettwein Lecture by Mirjam de Bruijn: Digitalisation and the Field of African Studies.
  • Panel Jos Damen and Stephanie Kitchen: Why is research from Africa invisible?
  • The crowd at the ASCL book stand gets well informed by Marieke van Winden.
  • Clara Carvalho, president of AEGIS, is thanking Brill Publishing & the ASCL Library for making the AEGIS series (15 books on Africa) open access.
  • Keynote by Elísio Macamo, Centre for African Studies Basel, on studying Africa to understand the world.
  • Ton Dietz organized a panel on Sustainable Cities in Africa.
  • The Gerti Hesseling prize 2017 has been awarded to Dr. Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (University of Ghana). On his behalf, Gordon Crawford (Coventry University) accepted the prize.
  • Mayke Kaag, Marleen Dekker and André Leliveld during their panel on political leverage for informal workers in urban Africa.
  • Rafael Verbuyst and Tanja Hendriks presenting their paper on informal workers in Suame Magazine (Kumasi) and Makola market (Accra).
  • Leiden Research Master student Miriam Siun spoke about the emergence of 'Arewa Gari Yawaye', an association that seeks to become the voice for internal migrants from North Nigeria in Lagos.
  • Launch of Wim van Binsbergen's book Vicarious Reflections.
  • Jan Abbink organized a panel on food cultures in Africa. Here he gives a paper on food, cultural identity and development among the Suri people of Southwest Ethiopia, in the context of state developmental ventures and land use changes.
  • Mirjam de Bruijn at the start of her panel on Innovations in connectivity and social change in Africa: new ways to bridge the urban and rural in historical perspective.
  • Didier Lalaye, medical doctor and PhD candidate at Utrecht University, presents four case studies of Mobile Health models, linking urban based healthcare and rural areas.
  • Keynote by Joyce Nyairo, independent researcher, on street children in Eldoret, Kenya.
  • Rijk van Dijk's panel dealt with post-crisis situations in Africa.
  • Launch of the French translation of Klaas van Walraven's masterpiece on the Sawaba movement: Le désir de calme. L’histoire du mouvement Sawaba au Niger.
  • Ursula Oberst (ASCL Library) presented a paper on increasing and measuring research impact: tools and strategies.
  • Final keynote, given by Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities) on the impediments that undermine Africa's urban potential for structural transformation.